Outdoor Alure


Abode2 explores the top tips to create the perfect outdoor spaces at home

Sitting in the middle of winter, many of us are thinking of those long, bright, hot Summer days and planning on how we want to spend them. Outdoor spaces at home are the perfect location for such days and can also represent a completely different side of your home style.

As the days slowly get longer, it allows creativity to slowly emerge from hibernation and will offer the opportunity to really express ourselves in our outdoors spaces. Here are a few ideas on how to go about giving outdoor areas the magic touch, perfect for those Summer nights:

Outdoor rugs

Adding a statements outdoor rug creates a pop of colour and texture in any outdoor space, by brightening a space and bringing your backyard to life with a colourful outdoor rug that matches your personality. Usually woven from durable fibres, it is not fazed by the unpredictable British weather and creates the perfect focal point on decking or patio.

Flower and plant pots

Gardens, and the outdoors more in general, are often synonymous with plants and flowers. So why not embellish your outdoor space with sprouting pots? Growing your own plants could be a creative way of personalising the look of a space.

It is also important to think vertically: attach small pots to your fence and create your own miniature ‘hanging gardens of Babylon’.

Fairy lights or solar-powered lighting

Add glow to your outdoor space by surrounding the patio with fairy lights or solar-powered lighting. Strike them across the garden and let them work their magic. This way, you will be able to sip a glass of wine at dusk immersed in a truly atmospheric setting.

Outdoor heater

While you enjoy your well-deserved drink, you may start to feel a bit chilly as the sun bids farewell for the day. This is why an outdoor heater would be a great addition to your outdoor entertaining space. As the current global situation still requires us to stay on our toes, it will allow you to spend some extra precious time outdoors in the company of friends and family, and truly enjoy the special space you have created.

Freestanding planters

If you believe you have a green thumb and enjoy growing your own vegetables, freestanding planters may be just what you need as digging holes and planting patches in the garden may not be an attractive future. In that case, some vertical planters to cultivate your cucumbers and tomatoes could be a small investment definitely worth considering. It would be a stylish and modern way to give your outdoor space a healthy vibe in step with the times.


If you are looking to give your home a slight exotic tone, perhaps mindful of a heavenly holiday you spent in an unspoilt coastal location, what better idea than hanging a hammock in your garden on which to lie, swing, snooze, or read a book? Whilst waiting for you to jump on it whenever you are in need of a moment of relaxation, it will provide a perfect decorative touch to your outdoor area and will add personality to your garden.

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