After a busy day in the office, back gardens, urban courtyards and even bijou balconies can be turned into relaxing sanctuaries. Stylish purple and white planting is still omnipresent at key gardening shows, and for this look night-scented Nicotiana, bushy Lavender or climbing Jasmine will give off a fragrant scent while you’re relaxing outside. The colours for this look are influenced by Moroccan bazaars and you should paint garden furniture and seating in colours that mirror the dusky hues of your plants. Create a sultry look with scented candles in holders of burnished metals or North African inspired fretwork…
TREND TWO – URBAN EXOTIC
This look is bold and contemporary and embraces outdoor dining, with an exterior kitchen set up including edible planting, a BBQ, cooking accessories and a handy work surface to help with impromptu entertaining. Choose smoky black, stone and grey colourways, which are set off with warm plum and deep orange shades. Decking is key to this look, in slate grey or black finishes as it low-slung black furniture. Add character with a feature wall in a bold colour such as a rich damson. Highlight the look with plastic or metal finishes.
TREND THREE – HOMESPUN CHIC
This trend is all about transforming the old fashioned into new fashion. The pleasure in this timeless look comes from creating a relaxed and very personal environment from forgotten furniture, salvage yards and vintage treasure troves. Natural wood sits perfectly against shabby chic or newly painted surfaces. Choose a soft colour palette of grey-blues and greens, creamy whites and dusk rose pinks. Keep planting gentle and unstructured with traditional peonies, fragrant climbers and English roses.
For more on garden paints and shades for your garden furniture, visit the Cuprinol website
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Emily Peck, Editor
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