Have you heard of hygge yet? If you haven’t you really should have! Hygge is a Danish concept that essentially is moving interiors to our outside spaces. The official definition of hygge is ‘a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality’… doesn’t it sound relaxing! Now the summer is in full swing, you’ll want to enjoy some of your free time outside enjoying the weather (well on those rare sunny British summer days when it stops raining!). To get you on board with this trend we’ve put together some tips on to how to create a cosy retreat.
Split a Space Off
Begin by sorting out your seating. As we’ve covered in the past
picking out the perfect arrangement can really make or break your garden. Whatever space you have available, set up your garden furniture in a conversion friendly position that is housed in an intimate area of your back garden. Aim for circular tables that evoke a gather or an L-shaped bench seating that allows you to work with the angled sides of your garden to create a snuggly haven.
Add Some Light
Some things exist purely because they look magical and make you feel happy – and fairy lights and tealight lanterns definitely fall into this category. A seemingly never ending trend recently, they help turn a simple glass of wine in the garden as the day ends into an event, and quite simply cheer your soul. You can now buy lots of pretty solar lights and battery-powered versions too so you aren’t costing yourself money whilst you entertain into the eve. Hang multiple strings for a cute party atmosphere.
Raise the Roof
Cosy up in style by creating a sense of containment. Adding an enclosed roof to your seating area is the number one way of creating that snug, tucked away feeling. Whether it’s a parasol, a trellis house or simply a smart wooden frame (pergolas), it will help turn a seating area into somewhere that everyone will want to sit in for hours. Make it even more magical by investing in plants that will wrap around the roof to create a flower canopy. Plants such as jasmine, clematis, wisteria and climbing roses work great for this!
Splurge on That Suite
If you do have the budget, an outdoor sofa set is a must this summer – offering all the delicious comfort of an indoor sofa, but in your garden. As you’ll have gathered by now if you’re an avivd reader of our blog, we have some of the best rattan garden furniture suites available in the UK. You can invest in waterproof fabrics and each suite has removable cushions that can be taken off in a jiffy when there’s a downpour. Natural rattan furniture
will need to be protected against the elements, and you can always leave good-quality synthetic rattan furniture out, especially if you have over-winter covers.
Get Creative with Corner
Grown tired of your small or awkwardly shaped garden stopping you from having that slice of snug haven you’ve always wanted? Well let’s change that! The humblest of corners can become a cosy hideout with a little imagination. Creating your retreat next to two adjacent walls or fences, for instance, will make you feel tucked out of sight and ready for some precious me-time. Took single chairs or sofa’s up in the corner so when you come out into your garden, you’ve got a little chill out space in the corner.