Garden Decor Trends for Summer 2016

Well summer is well and truly upon us now, and it’s time to dust of the deckchairs and start spending more time in your garden. If you’re in the market for a few new pieces for your outdoor space, you might be interested to see what’s hot this year in garden décor, and where you should be putting your energy. Trends do come and go, but generally they stick around for a few years, growing and developing and this year is no exception. Check out my favourite 4 hot trends to see if they’d work for you.

Dark and Mysterious

Garden dark wall

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She Sheds

Moody shades have been playing a big part in interior décor for a few seasons now and this summer sees them making an appearance outdoors too. Think ‘statement’ wall for your garden, and you’ll be along the right track. Adding a dark chalky blue, grey or black to a wall or fence draws the eye in, shouts ‘look at me’ and helps you to create a perfect colour scheme for your space. You’ll be amazed at how well a dark wall will complement the plants and greenery, and how easily you’ll coordinate it with the rest of your décor.

summer house

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Move over man cave, the she shed is here to stay. It’s been a few years now but we are definitely seeing more and more use of summer houses or sheds converted to female friendly spaces. If you fancy making yourself a craft room, a photographic studio, a home office or simply a cool and private space in which to relax, now is your chance. You’ll need an unloved shed or brand new summer house, a big dose of Pinterest inspiration, and a shot of imagination.

Fire Pits

fire pit

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This trend for fire pits has to be one of my favourite for this year. Summer gardens in the UK are notoriously chilly, so to help us make the most of the British evenings we need a little help. We’ve toyed with different kinds of patio heaters over the years but none so cool, I think, as the fire pit. There’s something so basic and primitive about lighting a real fire in your own backyard, and maybe even toasting a marshmallow or two, that we’re rightly drawn in to this product. And with so many stylish options out there at the moment, there really is no reason why you can’t find something to suit you. Of course, we couldn’t list this without mentioning the importance of fire safety, particularly with young children.

Botanical Backyards

Amazonia Black and Orange cushion by Arthouse

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Call them palm prints or botanicals, this trend has been popular for a couple of years now, and is perfect to expand into the outdoors. We always talk about bringing the outdoors in, but let’s take the indoors out for a change and accessorise your garden with botanical print furnishings for a truly tropical look. Use cushions, fabric, dining and tableware as well as a bold coloured parasol or two. Don’t forget you’ll need space to store them when not in use, but they make a lively addition to any backyard space, particularly if your garden is yet to flourish or you’ve yet to discover your green fingers.
Which of these trends would suit your back garden?

Happy entertaining and we do hope you enjoy spending time outdoors this summer.

Author Bio: Jen Stanbrook is an award winning interiors writer and blogger at Love Chic Living, showcasing great design and style for a family home.

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1 Comment on "Garden Decor Trends for Summer 2016"

  1. She Sheds are definitely on the list of demand for this summer. They’ve been picking up speed for few months now. I’ve stumbled upon some really beautiful and practical landscapes.
    The fire pits look really lovely at evenings, resembling a camp fire where everyone has gathered around it trying to warm up from the chills.

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