In the UK, we don’t get many opportunities to sit in the garden and soak up the sun’s rays. However, we still love to get out in the garden whenever we can and it’s now seen as an extension of the home. Many people even furnish their garden so it can be enjoyed during any weather. We have compiled a list of the top garden trends for this summer so, whether you’re looking to dine or relax in the sun, there’s sure to be a trend for your needs.
Treat the garden as an extra room
The lines between indoors and outdoors are becoming more and more blurred. French or sliding doors lead from open plan living spaces directly into the garden which becomes an extension of the home. As a result, people are beginning to look for more comfort in their outdoor spaces. Expect a big move towards furnishing your garden in a similar way to the interior this summer.
Outdoor seating is becoming more comfortable to allow sun worshippers to lay back and relax during the hot summer months. Think large, comfortable seating and sturdy dining furniture which make the garden feel like an extension of the home.
Whilst outside in your garden, you will need an outdoor kitchen or fire pit to cook on or gather round. Barbecues stretch far beyond traditional charcoal and come in a range of sizes and cooking methods. The hottest trend for this year is built-in barbecues and even pizza ovens. Fire pits keep the garden and your guests as warm and comfortable as they would be inside the house.
The use of natural materials indoors has extended out into the garden too. Gardeners are moving away from concrete and other man-made materials and more towards timber and wood. Soft, warm colours are being used to create paths and patios and natural materials. These give the garden a more authentic and traditional look which is also timeless.
Colour is heading into the garden and, if you think clear wooden varnishes are your only option, think again! Bright block colours help to divide the garden and help to enhance the feel of an outdoor room.
Colour blocking is one of the latest fashion trends but it’s also making it’s way into the gardening world too. It involves using blocks of colour to make a bold and visual impact in the garden. You could incorporate this into your garden using coloured tiles, brightly coloured plants or paint a selected area of your garden.
Garden fences are an essential fixture in many gardens whether they’re for privacy, security or aesthetic reasons but that doesn’t mean they have to follow tradition! Coloured fencing is set to be one of the biggest trends in 2017 and offers something a little different to traditional wooden colours and styles. From cream to rustic green, you can find a fence that blends perfectly with the design of your garden or makes it stand out as the main feature.
Firepits mean the amount of time that can be spent outside without getting too cold is longer. As a result, outdoor lighting has risen in popularity. Look out for solar and battery powered lights in a variety of different forms. Fairy lights in trees and draped along garden borders are popular as are lights scattered around the perimeter or paths to light the way.
Due to busy lifestyles, low maintenance gardens are set to become more common in the coming years. Time is short and spare time is much better spent relaxing, unwinding and dining in the garden than maintaining it so many people are opting for paving and decking.
Lawns are becoming less sought after as decking and paving shoots into popularity – you don’t have to mow a patio! If you’d like to create a low maintenance garden, why not take a look at our York stone paving and transform your garden this summer.