Your outdoor space can be so much more than just a patch of grass or empty patio with a couple of potted plants. With a little bit of creativity and effort, you can transform any outdoor area into the ultimate summer entertaining space – perfect for welcoming guests as the weather gets warmer and the evenings get lighter.

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your outdoor space:

1. Set up your outdoor living room  

Whether you have a large garden or just a small outdoor space, you can easily create a seating area that is both functional and stylish, without splashing too much cash. Outdoor sofas, chairs, or dining tables can be sourced on a budget from places like IKEA, The Range or even Aldi – or, if you’re feeling creative, you could upcycle old wooden pallets to create more unique pieces.

All you need is a few colourful cushions, throws and an outdoor rug (all of which can be repurposed from soft furnishings you already own, or sourced cheaply from places like Dunelm, Tesco and B&Q) to accessorise and personalise the space.

2. Let there be light!

Don’t let the party end when the sun goes down. Adding some outdoor fairy lights, lanterns or solar-powered spotlights will create a warm and inviting atmosphere for you and your friends, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space long into the summer night.

3. Did someone say Friday night drinks?

Nothing says summer party like a refreshing Mojito, Aperol Spritz or a delicious mocktail, so why not create a bar area on your balcony or in your garden?

Simply add a drinks cart or table to the space – stock it with your favourite drinks, mixers and garnishes, and your guests can enjoy a refreshing drink while soaking up the sunshine.

4. Decorate vertically

If you have limited floor space, make use of walls or fences to add some extra interest and functionality to your outdoor space. You can install some shelves or hooks to hang plants, flowers, or even a small herb garden – not only adding some beautiful greenery to your home, but also freeing up much-needed floor space.

5. Mirror Image

Working with a limited amount of space? A carefully positioned outdoor mirror can do wonders for your home – helping to maximise sunlight and make a bijoux garden or balcony appear much bigger.

Opt for a fine black, metal-framed window mirror to make an industrial statement in your outdoor space – use the D-Ring to hang it on the wall or leave it fabulously free-standing.


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