During 2019 we had an absolute blinder of a summer! All the sunshine really encouraged Brits out to play, and we needed to make sure our outdoor spaces were playtime ready. We get our faces in the sun, we commit to eating alfresco and most of all we panic because we don't know how long the sunshine will stick around.
Are you prepared to host the first BBQ of the year? Is relaxing in your garden actually not relaxing at all? And have you suddenly realised just how tired your 2002 rattan furniture set looks? Can you see more weeds than flowers? Thought so. We don't want you to be caught out and as a result, we've pulled together some of 2019's top garden trends so you're prepped and prepared for BBQ season.
Blurring the lines
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There are so many ways to blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors; to create harmony between nature, your outdoor space and your interior, connect with a feature window/door such as bi-folds or sky lights. Large glazing makes a room feel brighter, lighter and larger, whilst allowing you to see the outdoors.
Also, bringing natural textures such as timber, exposed brick and concrete into the home will give an organic finish, whilst taking out soft furnishings, living furniture, potted plants, indoor/outdoor rugs and accessories takes the indoors, outside.
The idea is to make the outdoor space an extension of the indoors and this trend is set to be huge in the coming years. Zoning your garden is like a replica of zoning an open-plan living, dining and kitchen. Outdoor kitchen sales are on the rise and patios and decking are more commonly treated like living and dining rooms in the way they are dressed, styled and furnished. Another place to cook, eat, drink and put your feet up? We won't say no.
Potted & hanging plants
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Remember the saying 'always eat your greens'? Now we urge you to surround yourself with them. No, no we aren't talking about bowls of spinach on your patio or a broccoli centrepiece; we're talking REAL plants (or gorgeous, faux alternatives). Indoor greenery is the quickest, cheapest and most health beneficial interior update out there and now they're joining us outdoors. No, plants found outdoors isn't groundbreaking, in fact, that's where they started. However, we're talking about plants that are potted in stylish planters, or hanging pots. Big leafy plants and cute, little succulents are right on trend at the moment and they add that extra chic oomph to your outdoor space.
Top tip: Add greenery at different heights. Whether it be different different sized pots or plants, ivy cascading from your fence, plants climbing up a trellis or hanging planters with cascading flowers - it's going to look fabulous.
If you haven't heard about mindfulness now then we assume you've been too engrossed in our inspiration page to notice the wellbeing movement that has taken the world by storm for the last few years. However, mindfulness isn't all about deep breathing and reaching a meditative state. It's also about appreciating your surroundings and being in the moment, therefore we want you to be able to appreciate your home and your garden. Creating a garden that encourages mindfulness is all the rage in 2019, and let's be honest, I think we all do need a haven to escape to every now and then.
Cascading wisteria and strong smelling lavender are examples of plants that promote a feeling of relaxation, but really, it has to be personal to you. Any flowers or colours or furniture that makes you feel good and happy and safe, that's what you should be incorporating. Aztec hammock and fairy lights? Amazing. Super modern black modern furniture and window mirrors? That's awesome too.
Ok, so we don't always have the Mediterranean weather, but it doesn't mean we can't live the Mediterranean lifestyle. Sales have soared in garden furniture, barbecues and outdoor heaters and fire pits have risen considerably and are expected to continue to do so in the coming years. Despite our unpredictable weather, alfresco dining is a key trend that isn't going away any time soon, and we're super happy about it. What's better than some ice cold Rosé, BBQ grub and good company all enjoyed in the fresh air? We all feel better for it, well, maybe not the Rosé the next day. Outdoor dining tables, benches and chairs, bars and seating are all an ideal investment for the coming summers (and winters if you're brave enough!).
Symmetry and asymmetry
Geometrics are still all the rage, and there has always been something quite pleasing to the eye about a symmetrical layout, so it's a bonus that it compliments a geometric scheme. Whilst perfect symmetry can sometimes feel a tad formal, the hard lines can be softened by planting and edges cushioned by herbs and shrubs. Consequently, you end up with the satisfaction of symmetry with the pleasure of a garden full of life.
Bright block colours
If the combination of bright, summer hues and sunshine don't make you feel cheerful then you're lying. It's time to steer away from our grey comfort blankets and bring colour back into our lives. Strong, muted tones in yellow, pink, green and blue are the palette you're looking for this summer. Whether it's starting small with accessories or making a statement with your garden furniture, if it's bright, you're doing it right!
Wood-effect tiles are already huge in interior design, but now they're joining you in stepping outside and are set to be the next big thing in garden design. Why? Well for one, they look gorgeous. However, porcelain tiles have lots of practical benefits too, such as being extremely hard-wearing, scratch, stain and heat-resistant and they can be used both indoors and outdoors therefore creating continuity from the interior to the exterior.
For those who aren't ready to leave the fast paced city life behind you, but still want a green oasis to escape to, then it's time to turn your attention to your townhouse garden, patio, balcony or roof top terrace. If you have limited space, tall potted plants, trellises, wall mounted greenery and hanging vases are all ways to enhance the space and create your own little touch of wilderness in a concrete jungle.
Lighting is more than just a practical accessory to help us see who we're chatting to at 10:30pm when the sun has gone in and the jumpers and blankets have come out. Lights can transform a space; string lights can decorate trees and fences, whilst lanterns and lamps can act as decorative pieces either on the floor or tables. No outdoor power? No problem. There are a huge amount solar and battery powered lighting options available on the market.
The need for storage isn't changing - it's sort of a necessity. With garden space as at a premium for the majority of homeowners, we're a bit apprehensive to use it for a big, old shed, aren't we? Well, it's 2019 and storage is now aesthetically pleasing, finally! Combine open storage for the bits and bobs that can look neat and tidy, and then incorporate some hidden storage options for everything else. Storage benches are fab as a dual function piece of furniture, providing a seat whilst hiding away your knick knacks.
Grow your own
Brits choosing a plant-based diet has risen by 360% over the past decade, and the growing appreciation of organic food doesn't seem to be slowing down. Is it all time we all ditched the veg isle (and the huge amount of planet-not-so-friendly packaging) in the supermarket and attempted to DIY our diet? Growing your own veg and herbs can be a feature in your garden, either decorating with pots and window boxes, or you could even cordon off a patch of your garden.
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