Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to put all your home and garden renovations to one side. Like you, I’ve spent a lot of time at home this year (thanks to COVID-19), and it’s really inspired me to put a bit of thought into how I can make my outdoor space more inviting.
I’ve seen a lot of people using their back gardens for typically unconventional things, where they might normally host the occasional summer BBQ, they’re now a hotspot for wedding celebrations and family gatherings. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you a few different ways that you can make your outdoor space more inviting.
Invest in good quality garden features
Over the past few years you might have neglected your garden a little. It happens! Nowadays people have jobs and hobbies that take up all hours of the day, so it’s not unusual for the grass to be a little longer than it should be, and for the decking to be looking a little lacklustre.
Investing in some high-quality, long-lasting garden features will help to give your outdoor space an inviting new look. I’ve seen some lovely seating areas made of porcelain patio tiles which come in lots of luxurious shades and finishes. Porcelain is a great option for gardens that are expecting a lot of visitors because it’s very durable and easy to clean.
I think that investing in a nice bench and a fire pit on your new patio is worthwhile, especially with the coronavirus restrictions are tightening up again. Plus, having a cosy spot like this will help you make the most of your garden during the colder months too.
Add a covered or sheltered space
Another way to make your outdoor space more appealing is to add a covered space or shelter. The British weather is absolutely terrible at catching us out with a rainstorm, so having a sheltered space for you and your friends and family to pop under is definitely worthwhile.
Garden shelters come in lots of different shapes and sizes, I love the look of retractable awnings – mostly because they come in a range of attractive colours, they’re remote controlled and they can be folded away when they’re not in use. Some other great options are verandas or glass rooms. These are sturdier, more permanent fixtures which are ideal if you want to extend your living space out into the garden permanently.
Create some colourful flower beds
If you’re really keen to make your garden more inviting, I’d highly recommend you consider making some colourful garden planters. Alongside your flowers, you could grow herbs, berries and vegetables, all of which will be a welcome addition to your outdoor space.
I know, making a planter sounds like quite a daunting task, but I’ve heard of people using leftover deck boards to build their planters and the finished results look really professional. There are so many different flowers for you to choose from, but you should stick to autumn flowering bulbs like crocus and begonia if you want to see the fruits of your labour over the next few months.
I hope that this blog inspires you to create a more inviting outdoor space that won’t require too much maintenance. I have a feeling we’ll be using them more than we expected over the next few months!