Pia Orr from Finnterior Designer shows us how we can transform our garden living spaces.
There’s something special about sitting in your garden, reading a good book and sipping your Morning coffee in the middle of all the greenery. I find it incredibly relaxing which is why I’ve made sure that our garden feels as comfortable and inviting as the rest of the house. We installed a timber decking few years ago and it totally transformed our lives. Our garden/decking area is now our second living room during the summer months and it’s all thanks to few simple tricks that I thought I’d share with you.
I wanted our outdoor area to connect to indoors which is why I decided to co-ordinate the decking area with the same colour scheme as our dining room. You don’t obviously have to colour co-ordinate or match materials, but it definitely helps.
I decided to co-ordinate the decking area with the same colour scheme as our dining room
The first thing we bought for our newly landscaped garden was the rattan dining set from Alexander Francis. Since we went for a light timber decking, I felt that black garden furniture would make a great contrast. Rattan is such a durable material too that it’s worth the investment. It would be a bit boring if all the furniture matches, so I decided to add some industrial style wire metal side tables from La Redoute to the deck. I loved the industrial look so much that I bought some wire planters to match them from TK Maxx.
Plants and flowers really make a difference so make sure that you have them on your decking area too. I wasn’t blessed with green fingers so I tend to go for easy-care plants like succulents, alpines or lavender. I also like growing my own chillies. I love spicy food! Don’t be afraid to mix some faux plants with real greenery. The small buxus plants from Homebase are ideal for the dining room table. Three buxus plants in zink planters make a great centre piece but I would never go crazy with artificial plants. Less is more.
Don’t be afraid to mix some faux plants with real greenery
Although I’ve gone for a simple black and white monochrome theme, I felt that our decking needed a bit of colour. The yellow striped cushions from H&M Home give it a nice coastal feel. I guess it’s the only splash of colour you will see in our little monochrome sanctuary.
Don’t forget to accessorise your decking area too. I truly believe that it’s all in the details. I use the same accessories outside that I would indoors. We like to entertain in the garden during the summer months so it’s important that it feels like a proper room. This summer I’ve been using our brass bar cart from West Elm as a side table on the deck. It’s perfect for entertaining although I wouldn’t leave it on the deck overnight as it’s not intended for outdoors use. Bar carts are so hassle free as you just wheel them in and out when you need to.
We painted our old shed black and white recently and the Dad’s Shed sign from Bangy Bee Metal Craft has gotten so many complements already. It’s so stylish and contemporary. I honestly couldn’t have found a better sign for the shed. Our monochrome teepee from Amazon also keeps up with the monochrome theme and our children and the neighbours cat seem to love it.
Festoon lighting is perfect for lighting up your garden and will make every evening feel special. We got ours from Not On the Highstreet and I wish I would have bought it sooner. It gives just the right amount of light and makes the space look magical at night.
Our decking is my favourite room in the house at the moment and we have breakfast, lunch and dinner there. Luckily our garden is south-east facing which means that we get plenty of sunlight during the day. Now that we have transformed the decking into a second living room, I find myself sitting there in the evenings with a glass of wine chatting to my husband. It really is the perfect place to de-stress and relax.
Pia’s Top 6 outdoor decorating tips
- Pick a theme or a colour scheme
- Mix your garden furniture
- Use indoor furniture outside
- Accessorise with cushions, rugs, lanterns etc.
- Use easy-care plants and/or artificial plants
- Add festoon lighting to make a statement
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