Create an Outdoor Oasis for a Garden Getaway

With the UK braced for warm weather, Wayfair has put together inspiration for Spring/Summer outdoor spaces. From balcony styling to DIY bars and garden solar lighting, there’s something for every style, size and budget at

Wayfair’s resident style advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill, shares her tips for Spring/Summer outdoor living.

Beautiful Balconies

If you’re working with a small outdoor space, there is still plenty you can do to make the most of it. Some clever, compact furniture will help to maximise your gardens full potential, creating your very own urban retreat. For balconies, foldaway metal bistro sets offer flexibility, they can be easily stowed away and are a lightweight, contemporary choice. There are plenty of styles and colours to choose from. A bold, bright shade will instantly lift a dull space and inject some personality. Borrow storage baskets from inside during the warmer months and move houseplants to a sunny spot for a quick green foliage fix, be sure to move them back inside in the event of unpredictable weather conditions!

DIY Garden Bar

Warm days are made for making memories with friends and family in the garden, soaking up the sounds of summer with the hum of bees, birds and the smell of the barbecue. Add a new dimension to your outdoor space with your very own garden bar to serve refreshing cocktails and mocktails. A clever and inexpensive hack to save on a customised bar is to give a simple wooden potting table a crafty makeover. Requiring minimum DIY skills, simply choose your paint colour and grab your paintbrush. Be sure to give it a couple of coats and check the type of paint is suitable for outdoor use.

Courtyard garden

In a courtyard garden, rather than trying to fill the space with a few pieces of furniture, one larger statement piece that fills the area can actually make it appear bigger. A comfy, corner sofa will transform a narrow space into another room of your home for entertaining. Choose a weatherproof frame with removable cushions that can be easily stored away inside if you don’t have the space to move furniture inside a garage or shed in colder months. An outdoor corner sofa is the ideal foundation to layer from to create a cosy oasis, adding solar festoon lighting, cushions, throws and a chiminea to maximise time in your garden after the sun goes down.

Garden armchairs

Just as a statement armchair indoors can transform an unused area into a comfy reading nook and instantly refresh a room, they can have the same impact in your garden. A brilliant option for if you’re looking to get your hands on the must-have trend of 2022, the solid wood Aamani Garden Chair is a brilliant example of how garden furniture design has really levelled up. Beautifully crafted from managed and sustainable acacia hardwood timbers, the heavy-duty cushions are shower resistant and have a generous 15 cm filling designed for ultimate comfort. The generously sized footstool doubles up as extra seating or somewhere to put your feet up.

Practical parasols with style

A parasol will not only add some extra shade to an outdoor space, but can also quickly refresh the overall look of your garden. Combining practicality and style, choose a parasol with personality to add a splash of colour to your patio. Creating a covered space for dining and entertainment, a parasol can also help to zone an area, adding height and structure. To keep parasols looking their best, make sure it’s closed when not in use, but open it out to dry if it gets wet.

Energy efficient garden lighting

Solar lighting is a brilliant way to add some extra warmth and light to your outdoor space, without having to worry about extension wires or a garden power source. A brilliant practical purchase for some added safety, line pathways and frame garden borders with slim solar stake lighting or some contemporary outdoor lanterns. Free to run, outdoor solar lights are an economical addition, with no need for batteries or electricity. Super energy efficient, integrated LED lights can last up to 50,000 hours, making them a long-lasting garden accessory which will cast a warm white glow.

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