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  • Writer's picturePaul Andrews

6 Tips To Transform Your Outdoor Space

With summer swiftly approaching, many are keen to transform their outdoor spaces into vibrant, welcoming retreats for relaxation or socialisation.

To inspire you to revitalise your outdoor space and embrace the fresh summer air, we contacted Zara O’Hare, interior design expert at Land of Rugs, who shared invaluable tips and insights to kick-start your outdoor transformation journey.

1 - Outdoor Rug

Consider integrating an outdoor rug into your design. Rugs are not only meant for the interior of homes, but outdoor rugs provide an instant splash of colour and texture, effectively defining the space and making it more inviting.

"Rugs are an excellent way to establish an outdoor "room" in your yard, patio, or balcony. In addition, with weather-resistant features, these rugs are as hardy as they are beautiful," says Zara.

2 - Invest in Lighting

Don't underestimate the magic of well-placed lights in the garden or patio. Solar lights are an eco-friendly and cost-effective solution to guide the way after sunset.

Hang string lights above the dining or seating area for a touch of enchantment, or position landscape spotlights to showcase your favourite plants or architectural features.

A fire pit can also offer warmth and ambient lighting for those cool summer nights.

3 - Hammock

Now, who can resist the charm of a hammock? Swinging lazily in a hammock under a shady tree or a pergola is the definition of summer relaxation.

Zara suggests finding hammocks in different styles and colours to suit your tastes and become a focal point of your outdoor décour.

4 - Walking Space

Consider adding a walking space. A small, winding path can make a big difference, leading guests through the garden from one focal point to the next, enhancing the sense of discovery and engagement with nature.

"Use stepping stones, gravel, or wooden planks to create a path that complements your landscape design," says Zara.

5 - Accesorise Your Space

Like indoors, outdoor spaces benefit from accessories and can add personality to your outdoor space.

"Cushions help set the tone for your outdoor space. Play with vibrant, tropical hues for a fun, summery vibe, or stick to earthy tones for a serene, natural ambiance."

Lanterns can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Bird feeders encourage visits from various birds, making your garden a hub of nature's activity,” she recommends.

6 - Don't Forget About Shade

A stylish umbrella, pergola, or canopy can provide shade on hot summer days. Not only functional, but these features can also significantly enhance the aesthetics of your outdoor space.

Creating an outdoor space you love doesn't have to be daunting. With some planning and creativity, you can transform your garden or patio into a charming and relaxing sanctuary that you will enjoy this summer.


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