There’s nothing better in the summer months than sitting in your own back garden with a bottle of cider or a glass of wine, enjoying the lighter evenings and the warm sunshine. As we spend more time outdoors in the evenings over the next few months, it’s nice to make our gardens a cosy space that’s comfortable to sit out in with lots of pretty lighting, not only is it much more enjoyable for ourselves, but it creates a lovely ambience for any guests we invite over too! Here I’m sharing five ways in which you can update your garden and make it into a snug, warm space.
If you plan on hosting lots of garden get togethers and spending lots of your meal times outdoors, then a pergola would be perfect for you. Not only are they stylish and make your garden look incredibly luxe, but they provide plenty of shade too so that you’re not sat out in the direct sunlight all day long. They’re quite pricey to buy so I’d recommend building your own if you can – it’s so much cheaper!
Investing in a comfy garden lounge set is a must, for those days and evenings where you just want to sit outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, you want to make sure you’re comfortable doing so. It’s pretty awkward if your guests aren’t comfy too. There’s so many lounge sets on the market these days and even options to get customised cushion covers, so you can really make the most of the space and add your own mark to it. It’s a good idea to get folding sun loungers so that they can come out during the day and be nicely stored away in the evenings for space-saving if your garden isn’t huge also.
Garden lighting is so important for the ultimate cosy experience, my personal favourite is festoon lights scattered across the whole garden as they look beautiful and add the perfect warm and cosy atmosphere in the evening time. Fairy lights work well too, but it’s important to make sure that you get outdoor appropriate lighting that’s weather proof. Having an outdoor socket is vital too so that you can just leave it up all year round, so that’s worth investing in if you don’t already have one.
I personally think that fire pits are a must have in an outdoor space in the summer time. When you’re spending lots of evenings outside, whilst the weather is warmer it can still get really cool and fire pits just help you get that extra warmth whilst creating such a lovely, cosy mood.
To finish off a space, an outdoor rug can really make that ‘taking the indoor, outside’ a reality. There’s so many fab outdoor rugs on offer these days that are completely weatherproof and I think they make such a difference and help to get that ultra cosiness when you’re spending lots of time outside.
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What are your top tips for creating a cosy garden space?