Gardens are becoming one of the most desirable additions and additions to the home with the onset of climate change.
To help you make the most of your outdoor spaces and ensure they blend seamlessly with the interiors, Anne Haimes, Design Director and Founder of Anne Haimes Interiors shares her top tip.
Lighting can transform or detract from your outdoor space, and you need to consider both natural and artificial sources.
Ideally, your space will offer both a bit of sun and shade. If not, you’ll have to create this yourself, either adding a collapsible umbrella or installing an awning.
Alternatively, pergolas have become a popular option and can be installed yourself. Either drape in weatherproof floating fabric or train some vines like wisteria, roses or jasmine to filter the light.
And you need a way to light up your seating area at night. Solar string lights create light clusters that make a room feel more intimate. A fire pit provides warmth and a soft light for those colder summer nights.
The most important part of indoor/outdoor living is having a comfortable space for you and your guests. And this space should be as welcoming and relaxing as your living room.
Low L-shaped sofas are back in fashion for the ultimate lounging experience, as are hanging egg chairs and large daybeds with chic rattan weave.
The placement of your seating is just as crucial to the function of the space as it is with indoor furniture.
For outdoor social spaces, seating should face inwards to encourage eye contact and conversation. For relaxation, place deck chairs, day beds or deck chairs away from the house in a central spot in the garden.
True indoor/outdoor living should feel like stepping outside is just an extension of your home.
One way to create this blurred effect is to continue your flooring or to replicate your wall tiles on the floor.
A practical option due to its robust, weather-resistant properties, porcelain stoneware offers plenty of variety: some have a wood look for those who prefer wood.
Folding or sliding doors can help promote cohesion between inside and outside.
If your budget isn’t that stretchy, indoor and outdoor rugs that continue your interior design theme can work well and be tucked away during the winter months.
What could be nicer than entertaining guests and making the most of the long summer evenings than with your own house bar…
Whether you’re converting an unused garden shed or building your own, home bars don’t have to be expensive.
From repurposing a pot bench to installing a custom wall bar with a fold down table, home bars can be created in the smallest of outdoor spaces.
Get creative with decorating your bar and don’t be afraid to move items from your kitchen or dining room to make it feel more authentic and inviting – just avoid using expensive crockery.
The key to making your outdoor space feel like home is the finishing touches.
Throws, pillows and blankets not only make a room cozier and keep you warm on cooler evenings, they also make your seating area softer and more inviting.
Make sure you have a weatherproof place to store soft furnishings when not in use – a spot in your garage, shed, or even an outdoor storage box.
Decorative pieces can be used to add more personality. Candles or floral centerpieces on a coffee table create an interesting focal point.
Strategically placed wing mirrors can help make a small space feel larger while livening up an unused wall or fence and reflecting the best of your garden.