Summer is officially here and so there’s no time quite like the present to make the most of spending time outdoors enjoying the warmer weather and lighter evenings. 

Your garden is an extension of your home and like an indoor space, it can do with a bit of a makeover every so often. Whether you’re looking for some inspiration on where to start to completely transform your garden, or you’re simply adding some finishing touches to your current outdoor set up, we’ve collated some stunning ideas for your outdoor living space this summer.

Start with outdoor seating 

Plan your outdoor seating into the space you have available and think about how you’re going to be using your garden. If you enjoy hosting your friends and family for BBQs over the summer months, then a 6 or 8 seat garden dining set could be a good choice. Or why not delight your guests even more with a garden fire pit set and take your entertaining skills to the next level? 

If you’ve got a smaller garden or patio space, we’d suggest a garden corner dining set to make the most of the space you have available. The more compact design of a corner set still allows you and your guests plenty of room to relax in style. 

Or, if you’re looking to truly relax in your garden this summer, perhaps a sun lounger or day bed will be the ideal outdoor furniture for you! Perfect for adding a bit of extra comfort without taking up all the space a full dining set does.

Add a pop of colour

Liven up your garden with a bit of colour and excitement. Accessories are the perfect way to introduce colour into any outdoor living space. Start by decorating your dining table with bright outdoor dining sets and tableware perfect for alfresco dining. Choose from more subtle placemats and matching napkins in sage, slate blue, or terracotta, or opt for tableware in striking patterns to bring a bit more flare to your setting. 

You can also dress your seating area with outdoor cushions and throws in a range of colours and patterns, and why not add a brightly coloured garden parasol into the mix to complete the look?

If you’re looking for something a little more subtle, introduce a selection of new plants to your patio or decking area and experiment with plant pots in a variety of finishes.

Light up your garden in style

Garden lighting can truly transform your outdoor space by helping to create an inviting ambience. Light up your outside dining area with wall lights to enhance your alfresco dining experience into the evening and dress hedges and trees dotted around your garden with solar LED lights to add a touch of magic. 

Create an indoor-outdoor feel

Not only are parasols great for providing shade from the sun on warm summer days and sheltering you from the elements when the British weather doesn’t quite go to plan, they help create a cosy feel into the evening. Acting as the ‘roof’ to your outdoor living space, there’s nothing better than the intimate ambience sat round a fire pit and sheltered by a garden umbrella as the sun goes down. 

Outdoor rugs are also a wonderful addition to your patio or decking for that homely feel, making an ideal centrepiece for social occasions, and adding a splash of colour to your outdoor space. Outdoor rugs are hard-wearing, durable, and low maintenance and at Fishpools we offer a range of rugs in a variety of sizes, colours and patterns to suit your taste and complement your garden furniture.

Decorate for the seasons

Ensure your outdoor living space is inviting all year round and give your garden a makeover each season. Tasteful pumpkin decorations in the Autumn and Christmassy décor over Winter give your outdoor space a homely feel all year round, particularly if you’ve invested in a fire pit or outdoor heater for these colder months.

Browse our collection of garden furniture and accessories

In the warmer months, a well-planned, stylishly decorated outdoor space can open up your home and transform your garden. Browse our range of garden furniture at Fishpools and take the first step towards creating a beautiful outdoor living space.