Our Top Tips for Styling your Garden Seating Area

There is nothing quite like enjoying your garden in the summertime. Whether you have a small city courtyard or a sprawling country garden, there are an abundance of ways you can design and style your space. However with so many ideas out there it can be hard to know where to start. Therefore we have collected our top styling ideas to help sort through the confusion and make the most of your garden this summer.

To help you make the most of your outdoor space we sharing our 10 top design tips for styling your garden seating area.

1. Bring the indoors outside 

A great way to increase your living space is to make your garden an extension of your home. To make your outdoor space really stand out, opt for accessories that you wouldn't traditionally associate with the outdoors. Mixing soft furnishings, cushions, blankets and rugs with coffee tables, lamps and plants helps create the feeling of a cosy outdoor living room. Adding accessories to your outdoor living space is the perfect way to put your personal stamp on the area and create a homely and inviting atmosphere. Get creative by adding a variety of cushions, mixing patterns, and adding hanging plants, wall décor and lighting options are fantastic ways to make a truly unique space. 
Top Tip: When creating outdoor living rooms, it is important to opt for all-weather fabrics and accessories and make sure you keep an eye on the weather and have sustainable storage spaces for the weather-dependent accessories.

2. Dine in style

One of the best things about summer is being able to fully embrace the outdoors. Eating outside is the perfect way to do this. Making it important to create an outdoor dining area that you love. There are many ways to create a show stopping outdoor dining experience. Investing in an outdoor dining table that you love is a great starting point. Creating a raised dining area using decking can be a fantastic way to make your dining area a garden centrepiece, whilst allowing you to enjoy the view of your garden whilst you eat. Be sure to take into account lighting when planning your dining area and allow you to enjoy the alfresco experience long after the sunsets. Arbours and pergolas can also be great ways to add character to your area and provide shade from the sun. Add climbing flowers, and flowering vines to transform the space into a hidden oasis.

3. Make the most of small spaces 

Mirrors are perfect additions to small gardens. Mirrors help give the illusion of extra space. Small garden owners can strategically place a mirror to trick the mind into thinking that there is more garden and more to see. Think vertically, when designing small gardens all space is vital. So be sure to make the most of vertical space. Create a display of frames, planters and climbing plants to create an outdoor gallery wall. Pick slimline options for storage to make the area feel larger. Addling slim plant stands, covering bare areas with trailing greenery, growing living walls, or using ladder stands for plants and decorations are all fantastic ways to utilise the space. Opt for either L shaped sofas to make the most of your space or experiment with built-in options. Built-in seating and floating benches work beautifully if you have a compact garden.

4. Break your garden into zones 

A great way to make the most of your garden and utilise the space is to break your garden into zones for different activities. Adding different levels with decking, and using outdoor rugs, fencing and furniture are all good ways to create different living areas within the garden and create the illusion of more space whilst making the space you do have more functional.   

5. Pick the right flooring 

It is important to pick flooring for your garden areas that are both beautiful and practical. Low maintenance, all-weather options with long warranties are your best option. Composite decking and porcelain paving always make fantastic choices.

6. Add a bold backdrop for your garden furniture 

Creating a statement wall is a great way to help your outdoor area stand out and the perfect opportunity for you to get creative. Choose from an array of colours, patterns, and textures or even try out a living wall to give your outdoor area the wow factor.

7. Take cooking outside 

One fantastic way to make the most of the British weather is to bring cooking outside. Outdoor kitchens have become at the top of many peoples' garden wish lists. They are the perfect way to cook a fantastic meal, whilst enjoying the weather and socialising with your guests. When it comes to outdoor kitchens there are plenty of options to choose from: Barbecues big and small, pizza ovens, cabinets, worktops, bars, and sinks. There is everything you need to create your dream outdoor kitchen on any budget.

8. Make space for relaxation 

With modern life being so busy, it is important to prioritise relaxation when designing your garden. Make sure to create the perfect relaxation zone in your garden, for lazy summer days, enjoying a good book, soaking up the British sun or having an afternoon snooze. Investing in good quality and stylish sun loungers can be a great start when creating your zen zone. 
Looking for the ultimate spot to relax after a long day. Opting for a hot tub can be the perfect way to treat yourself. 
Top tip: be sure to invest in slip-resistant flooring, like composite decking for the perfect combination of safety and style.

9. Keep warm around a fire pit

With British summertime often being on the cooler side, adding a fire pit can be a great way to make the most of your garden no matter the temperature. Nothing quite brings a group together and stimulates good conversations like the flickering glow of open flames. Whilst also being perfect for toasting marshmallows with the family.
Top tip: enhance the experience with a variety of cosy blankets.

10. Enjoy entertaining with a bar

A garden bar is a summer must-have when entertaining. They provide the perfect centrepiece for cocktails and socialising. Whilst being the perfect place to store and prepare snacks and drinks for your friends and family.
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