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  • Boho garden decor is big news. And no wonder, who doesn’t want to keep the holiday feeling at home longer?

    Whether it’s from the Balearic Islands or Bali, boho style immediately feels relaxed and fun. And it is not difficult to achieve at home! Garden ideas range from building pergolas and converting sheds into garden bars to simpler gains like bagging a rocking chair or hanging a hammock.

    There is no need to spend a lot of money either. With Aldi’s latest range of outdoor furniture selling out at the first sign of good weather and prices rising quickly, it’s time to get inspired and inventive.

    “If you’ve scoured all the major retailers and just can’t find anything you like, it’s always worth checking out your local thrift sites like Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, and even charity stores,” says a Coupon Ninja spokesperson. “You’ll likely find a bargain and be the smug neighbor prepared for the spring sunshine.”

    Boho garden decor ideas

    First decide how you want to use your garden – or want to. When it comes to socializing, consider how often you want to have people over and how many you want to accommodate. Do these events run into the night? Or do your friends leave early with the little ones as soon as it’s dark?

    Perhaps enjoying al fresco family meals during the warmer months is your priority? Or have a quiet spot to lounge in the sun on the best outdoor cushions? Once you’ve decided what’s important, you can figure out which boho garden decorating ideas are right for you.

    1. Build a pergola and decorate it with lights

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    Building a pergola creates a focal point in your garden for lounging, dining or socializing. Wooden structures are often supplied with fasteners for installation on a hard surface such as a board. B. a tiled terrace, a path or a terrace. Many are self-assembly, although assembly is usually a two-person task.

    If you want your pergola over a patch of lawn, a metal structure is better as wood could rot if secured underground.

    Once secure, your pergola will be painted matte black to make it a standout feature. Then it’s perfect for setting down rattan furniture, macrame hanging baskets and fairy lights for fun evenings outdoors.

    2. Pack a rocking chair

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    Packing a rattan swing is one of the easiest ways to bring boho vibes to your garden all summer long. Find a suitable spot in the sun to hang it, making sure it’s securely hung from a solid and secure structure.

    “Always choose materials that are appropriate for the weather,” says Coupon Ninja’s spokesperson. “Rattan looks stylish, but you should go for a quality rattan that uses high quality resin as it will stand up to the elements better.”

    Having a lightweight rattan stool nearby that’s easy to move and store away ensures that a refreshing liquor or cocktail is on hand when you need to cool down or invigorate.

    3. Turn the shed into a garden bar

    Credit: Future PLC/Joanna Henderson

    One lockdown trend that shows no signs of going away any time soon and will add a boho garden decor vibe is the garden bar. In fact, according to garden retailer Primrose, a garden pub is the most searched outdoor feature for Brits in summer 2022, with searches up 494%.

    To find out, they analyzed the number of Google searches for 53 popular gardening products over a three-month period and revealed which products generated the most interest.

    “Right now, gardens are housing weird and wonderful features like never before,” says Evie Lane, gardening expert at Primrose. “The shift to using our outdoor spaces for something other than gardening has accelerated greatly.”

    4. Lay patterned tiles on your patio

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    When paving your patio, consider patterned tiles rather than plain ones. Many available prints evoke historic European pathways and sidewalks or offer them an updated, modern twist. This immediately gives your outdoor area a relaxed holiday flair.

    Dark shades such as anthracite or black also offer a beautiful backdrop for lush plants and foliage. Green not only looks beautiful, it is also good for our health and well-being.

    5. Hanging out in a hammock

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    What better way to spend a hot and sunny summer afternoon than hanging out in a hammock? However, most of us only do this on vacation. Aside from the endless to-do list and possible rain showers, we’d do well to embrace it at home.

    Those with a mature tree to hang a hammock from are in luck. But even if you don’t, there are many that come with their own frames. It’s an easy way to de-stress and sneak away for a nap.

    6. Cover your walls with lush foliage

    Photo credit: Future PLC / Colin Poole

    Dining under the stars boho style doesn’t have to be limited to holidays. Many of us enjoy eating al fresco in a country style garden when the weather permits. The only downside is that lawns and trees are often sacrificed for paving, resulting in a loss of greenery and nature.

    A great way to replenish it is with a vertical garden. Planting a living wall doesn’t have to be difficult. Simply choosing climbing plants like fragrant jasmine or grape vines to twine over your walls is a great option. Adding raised beds with ferns and easy-to-grow foliage will make your yard feel like a lush tropical oasis.

    7. Create a dropdown serving station

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    Converting the garden shed into a bar might not be an option for you. If that’s the case, consider a fold-down hatch instead. One can be made using a recycled shipping pallet and rope chain if you are familiar with a power tool or know someone who is.

    The row of plants at the top is not only a charming touch, but also helps the serving station blend into the garden wall when closed. Then comes cocktail hour, voila, aperitifs ready!

    8. Add a garden hideaway

    Photo credit: Future PLC / Colin Poole

    Garden office ideas may be all the rage, but an artist’s studio or relaxation room is a lot more fun. It’s a place where you can afford to be bolder with color if you’re not also using it all the time. Barely black looks striking inside and out, but make sure your garden room gets some shade as it absorbs the heat.

    Display vintage pieces and favorite photos or artwork to personalize the space. Adding a hanging egg chair to the patio could make it the best spot for this summer.

    9. Paint your pots

    There’s no denying that plain terracotta pots look pretty, but if you want to give your garden a relaxed look reminiscent of long lazy summers overseas, give your pots a whitewash. Even better, add painterly brushstrokes for a decorative touch.

    White pots are reminiscent of Mediterranean houses with chalky exteriors, reflecting the sun and keeping the interior cool, allowing your plant’s roots to cope better with a heatwave. They will also be a beautiful feature for your foliage.

    10. Make entertaining easy with an outdoor kitchen

    Credit: Future PLC/Tim Young

    A modular outdoor kitchen makes entertaining a breeze when you have friends and family over. With space for plates, glasses and cutlery, guests can help themselves to what they need. So you can chat and socialize with them and they can relax and have fun.

    Keep the look informal with seagrass baskets, rattan placemats and wooden chopping boards.

    What is boho style?

    Boho style is a laid-back bohemian way of dressing and decorating, dating back to the hippie culture and hippie trail of the 60’s and early 70’s of which Ibiza was a part. It became popular again in the early 2000s – and experienced a revival in interiors in the 1970s.

    How to decorate a boho patio?

    Whitewashed walls and rustic textures like aged wood, reclaimed brick, or nicely patterned tiles with worn patinas. Plus bamboo and rattan fences with lots of plants.

    What colors are good for a boho garden?

    Natural earthy tones like rust, ocher, and sunburned blues or greens stand against whitewashed walls with hanging plants.

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