Turn your garden into a designer dream

As a first time buyer it’s normal to focus more on wallpaper and paint colours while you try to stamp your personality in your new home – but don’t forget to extend that creative flair to your garden!

We might be getting ahead of ourselves as June approaches and there is no sign of that promised heatwave, but that doesn’t mean you can’t snatch a few moments while the sun is shining to improve your outside space.

Take a look at our advice on how to keep your garden as fashionable as your interiors – we promise it’ll end up being your favourite “room” of the house!

Decorative lighting – Make your evening BBQ more relaxing with some appealing decorative lighting. By purchasing lanterns or outdoor fairy lights, your garden can go from dull to radiant with a flick of a switch. Ikea stocks some enchanting solar powered pendants or floor lamps from just £5.

The perfect barbeque – Be the envy of your friends and neighbours with the perfect barbeque, ready for those rare sunny afternoons which are perfect for socialising in the garden! The question is, do you go for gas or charcoal? Many believe that classic charcoal is more fun and adds to the whole barbecuing “experience” as well as helping you to gain a worthwhile skill. However, if you prefer your meat to be cooked quickly then perhaps a gas powered option may be a better option.


Have all your meat ready in 10 mins and with hardly any ash you can be all cleaned up and cleared away before a charcoal barbecue has even cooked a burger. If you’re looking to spend a bit of money and invest in something special, check out The Range’s variety of charcoal and gas grills. If you’re just after a quick fix, Ikea offers a portable charcoal barbecue for only £15 – bargain!

…and relax – A garden would never be complete without somewhere to lounge, with outdoor sofas growing in popularity due to people wanting to be just as comfortable outside as in. It’s best to invest in a higher quality piece of outside furniture for comfort and product longevity reasons so if you can save those pennies, we recommend the John Lewis ‘Four Seasons’ outdoor range for a taste of the French Riviera!

If you are looking for a more affordable option, Argos does some fabulous sun loungers for a fraction of the price. We particularly love this Havana 6 Seater Patio Set in classic grey – a snip at £339.99.

rattan furniture

Get the paints out – It’s amazing what a lick of paint can achieve! If your fences or furniture are looking a bit worse for wear, spruce them up with a change of colour. A major European trend for 2016 is black fences, making it easier to see the beauty of your plants and wildlife – it’s a bold statement but can look fantastic with Mediterranean plants, light coloured Indian sandstone and cream and black rattan furniture.

Do you pride yourself on having a gorgeous garden? Let us know what you have done to your outside paradise in the comments below!

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