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The Great Outdoors: Make The Most Of Your Garden

The spring sunshine is starting to peek out from behind what’s left of the winter clouds, and soon the best place to be will be outside in your garden. Unfortunately, your garden has been pretty neglected all winter, and as a result some things are overgrown, rusty, or just plain old eyesores. While you’re spring cleaning you garden, it may be time to look into a few garden enhancements to make sure you won’t be uncomfortable, or embarrassed, to spend time out on your patio.

Spring Clean Your Garden

Your home has recently had the benefit of being cleared of clutter and cleaned from top to bottom. Your garden also deserves the spring cleaning treatment. Dig out your gardening tools and spend a warmer day mowing the lawn, trimming your shrubs and trees, and digging out the weeds. You’d be surprised how a short trim of the overgrown leaves can make your garden look tidier, and possibly bigger. Cutting back the dead branches on the trees could even let more sunshine into your garden, making your afternoons far more enjoyable.

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Open Up Your Patio

You’ve probably spent all winter looking out into your back garden, wishing the weather were nicer so you could be outside reading, or sipping drinks with your friends on the patio. As the days get longer and warmer, you can begin organizing a group brunch on your patio to celebrate the return of spring. You can make the patio more welcoming by investing in comfortable outdoor furniture like you’ve seen on www.Bridgman.co.uk/rattan-garden-furniture, and put up a few parasols to protect your guests from the harshness of peak sunlight hours. You could even go one step further and give the patio a makeover. Warm, honey-colored tiles will be much brighter and more reflective than dark grey concrete, not to mention less depressing. If the day goes well, you can begin to make plans for the summer BBQ that you’re sure to have on your patio this year.

Welcome Nature

The best part about being outdoors is being surrounded by nature. Nurture the plants in your yard by taking up gardening. You don’t need to aim for something as ambitious as trying to grow your own food if you’re a fairly inexperienced gardener. You can start with something simple like a flower bed, a tree, or a herb garden if you have your heart set on contributing something to the kitchen. These ideas can be done on a budget, and it can significantly reduce stress and improve overall fitness.

If you’d really like to invite nature back into your garden, try digging your own pond. Not only is it a great project for everyone to get involved, but ponds are very helpful for preserving wildlife. Once you’ve built a pond step-by-step, be prepared for animals to move in at an astonishing speed. If a pond sounds like too much, or your garden isn’t big enough, a bird bath will also attract nature and add an element of peace.

“Change Every Room Right Now!” Controlling The Desire For Different

Do you ever have moments where you wake up, look at a room in your house – a perfectly nice room that yesterday you had no problem with whatsoever – and suddenly despise it? All you can see are its flaws, its tired decor, the desperate need for a refresh. The urge to do something about it becomes overpowering.

Perhaps it’s literally the first thing you see of that changeable morning; the bedroom. It’s crying out for a new rug, a change of paint, perhaps even a feature wall you have been daydreaming about. Or perhaps the need for change hits you as the enter the kitchen for your morning coffee; the kitchen is the one that needs the fix. You lust for new taps like those you saw showcased on http://www.tapwarehouse.com/category/kitchen-taps or a hanging pan set that will give you that perfect rustic charm. Or is it the bathroom where your frenzied desire for something different will take shape?

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Or… worst of all: is it everywhere?

It happens. No longer is your desire for something different and a serious decor update grabbing a hold of you, it’s not even bothering to focus. You want every room in the entire house to have at least some small scale change done to it – so what’s your next step?

Option 1: Pick A Room and Change Everything

Focusing on which room is bothering you the most is a good way to begin. You’ve got a strong chance of narrowing down the thirst for difference if you think which area is bothering you the most. If the answer doesn’t naturally come to mind, then think along the lines of which rooms you use the most – and thus will stand the greatest chance to bear the fruits of your renovating labour.

Positives: This focuses you on what you actually want done and gives you a starting point. While the other areas may continue to annoy you, you can at least quiet the protesting voice with the fact you are doing something.

This approach also means you can get into the minute details that, if you try to do everything at once, you might neglect. That’s the little things like:

  • Bedroom: having the time to focus on the practical side of getting up in the morning and how you can make it easier with design choices.
  • Kitchen: this gives you the chance to look through the possibilities of repainting your kitchen cupboards or replacing them. If you’re trying to do everything in one go, you might not slow down to think through your options and will instead just plough through with whatever is quickest.

 

Negatives: It can feel like you’re not getting enough done and are focusing too much on one area. This idea also relies on the fact you can settle on one room to prioritise – which is sometimes easier said than done.

Option 2: Choose One Thing You Hate About Every Room – And Fix That

Start by writing out a list of the rooms you want to change. As an example:

  • Bedroom
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom

Then sit and think about what you dislike the most about each room. Keep this as simple as possible. For example, this is how not to do it:

  • Bedroom – need a new bed, bedding, and to switch the rug under the new bed.
  • Kitchen – want to refresh wall colour, hang new wall art, and hang a knife rack
  • Bathroom – replace the toilet and retile the floor

You can easily convince yourself that these are all the same problem, because they relate to one another in an indirect way. But this is just going to cause more confusion, so these plans need trimming even further. So, the above becomes:

  • Bedroom – buy a new bed
  • Kitchen – repaint the walls
  • Bathroom – replace the toilet

The rest can be added on later. This option takes the one thing that is bothering you the most and gives you a way to rectify it. The benefit of doing this is that, once complete, you can move onto the next room – so you’re going to be making more progress through the whole house. This approach also works well if you rent your home and need to check each development with your landlord.

And if you’re worrying about the loose ends on the first list, then you can easily assemble a second run through that catches all of them.

Positives: You’ll feel like you’re making real progress. It also gives you a chance to get rid of the things that are bothering you the most, so that’s one less thing to irritate you!

Negatives: It might take a few run throughs of the same system for you to feel like you’re really making a big change to your decor.

Option 3: The Extreme Option

Burst into tears, sell the house, and go and live in a log cabin that doesn’t need renovating. Ever.

Positives: Log cabins are so picturesque.

Negatives: Literally everything else about this idea.

Option 4: Everything At Once

Some of us don’t like to streamline the way we do things, choosing a hotchpotch of plans and doing what we want when we feel like it. Doing things this way might not be the most efficient, but sometimes home design and decor shouldn’t be efficient. Instead, you can let your creative juices flow and go where each space of free time you have takes you.

Positives: The more freespirited approach can be quite liberating. You can switch around and play with ideas, always happy to be doing the chosen task on a chosen day. No one likes to be dictated to about what we should be doing and when – even if you’re the dictator in question!

Negatives: Inevitably, this approach takes longer and can create a lot more mess in your home. However, if you think you can live with that while controlling the urge to procrastinate, then there’s nothing wrong with taking things at your leisure.

Your Guide To An Amazing Home Office

We all know that working from home can have various perks and pitfalls. Often, creative people work from home – writers, bloggers, graphic designers and video editors, to name just a few. There are many benefits to doing so, such as being able to manage your own schedule and also being able to choose your clients as you please. However, as anyone who works for themselves will know, there are also a fair few negatives, such as a lack of motivation and a tendency to get distracted. Both of these things often have their roots in working from home, which is something that many freelancers world over do. When you work for yourself, it doesn’t make that much sense to rent an office – after all, it’s just another overhead to eat into your monthly budget.

But, not having a focused and comfortable workspace at your disposal can easily end up causing you a few problems. Let’s be honest: we’ve all tried working from our couch at some point, and it rarely works out! So, just how do you go about designing and creating a home office to maximise your workflow and help you succeed? Here are some tried and tested tips to help you on your way.

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Never underestimate comfort

If you type the words ‘home office’ into Google (as you probably have done many times before!), you will find yourself met with various images of dreamy, perfectly organised spaces, with stylish furniture. Most of them look like something out of a Brooklyn studio apartment, with hardback chairs and a reclaimed vintage desk. But hold fire for a second before you go out and buy all this stuff: will you ACTUALLY be able to work in this kind of environment? Sure, that kind of chair does look good. But will they still look as good after you’ve been sat in them for 30+ hours a week, suffering from a crippling backache? We are now seeing a generation of people emerge who are experiencing longstanding health problems as a result of spending too much time sat in uncomfortable office chairs. Sometimes, this can’t be helped, as it depends on where it is that you work. When you work from home, however, it is you and you alone who has ultimate jurisdiction over what is and what isn’t in your office. Try not to be swayed by the dreamy Pinterest boards. The entire vibe of your home office is not going to depend on whether you get the pristine hardback chair or not – so if in doubt, always go for the comfiest option. A good office chair should support you right up to the neck (or at least the upper back), be cushioned and should have adjustable height and recline. They may not look quite as chic, but you always have to put your health over style. Similar rules apply for things like laptop height and keyboard positioning. The top of your computer screen should be level with your eyes, and your forearms should be parallel to the floor when typing on your keyboard.

Create a pleasant ambience

When we think of ambience in the home, our minds probably turn to a bathroom full of lit candles, or a cosy living room with a log fire burning in it. However, there is no reason why your home office can’t have ambience in it too. There are two main things that make up this pleasant vibe, and they are heating and lighting. The last thing you want in your home office is to be cold or to overheat, so take some steps towards regaining control of the temperature. If you don’t already have a radiator in your home office (or if you just need a replacement), try visiting a site such as OnlyRadiators.co.uk. There are plenty of different types of the radiator to suit all tastes and needs, so don’t think that you simply have to stick with the one your property came with. It can also be worth having one custom-made if the room you are dealing with is particularly small.

On a opposite note, you may also want to consider having an air conditioning system installed in for the hotter days during the summer. No one likes sticking to their office chair in the middle of the July heat, after all! If this is out of the question for you, however, don’t worry – a fan will usually suffice, and make sure you can open your windows fully to let some refreshing air in. As far as lighting goes,  natural light is the best way to go for your home office. It makes the whole place seem much airier, and your natural body clock will respond well to it, making you feel much more ready to work. That said, we all know how dark winter can be, or how often you end up working late when you have a deadline to finish. Having a selection of lighting options in your office for both of these occasions can, therefore, be vital. Usually, a bright ceiling lamp and a couple of smaller table lamps suffice, as that way you can control the lighting and therefore the mood of the room.

Personalize

When you work in a company office, one of the first things you do is probably to bring in a picture of your family to sit on your desk. When you work from home, you may not feel the same burning need to do this – but ask yourself why? Your office might be in your home, but it is still your workspace, and having some personal touches like family photos is a great way to keep motivated and make you feel a little more at ease. Invest in a couple of funky photo frames and set up your photos on your desk for you to gaze at absent-mindedly between jobs. It isn’t just photos that you can personalise your workspace with, though. Part of the beauty of working from home is that you can tailor your office to exactly what makes you happy. Therefore, spend some time making it into a positive and inspirational space that feeds your creativity. If that means hanging some positive quotes up on the wall in front of your desk, go for it! People who work in offices full time don’t always have the option to do things like that, so relish the chance that you have to do so. You may also want to do a complete remodel of the room that involved painting the walls or adding wallpaper.

Choose colours that uplift you and make you feel positive, and that you know you will be able to style easily. Then, you can go about adding in cute ways to organise yourself – such as with some pretty pen-holders, folders and files. Who said that office equipment had to be boring and corporate, anyway?! Some finishing touches for your desk area could be a beautiful scented candle (great for adding to that ambience we mentioned earlier) or ornate incense burner. If you are feeling creative, why not try your hand at making your very own desk garden? Flowers and plants can have a great impact on our mental stimulation in a working environment, so try to include at least a bit of life into your office. Creating a home workspace may not seem like much of a priority to you, but once you’ve done it, you will wonder how you ever worked before!

Personalise Your Décor Within Your Tenancy Agreement

One of the most frustrating elements about renting a house is that you can’t decorate it in the way you want. Start painting walls, and you will automatically wave your deposit farewell, never to be seen again. Most tenants suffer from this lack of control in their home. It is even difficult for some to call it a home, or to feel that it could be one when there is no possibility to give it a personality of its own. Would you believe it if you were told that you can still personalise your house without losing your deposit? And that you can still identify with your décor and make it homely? No? Think again, because this is happening right now.

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Surround Yourself With Happy Memories

What makes a house a home is the sentiment of warmth safety and happiness that should surround you. You could, for instance, take a close look at your family and holiday pictures and select your favourite memories. Whether it is the last Christmas with your grandparents or a beach holiday with your best friend on a sunny island, it is up to you. In the end, you can easily get customised mounts for your favourite pictures in the best print quality. These would do just fine in bringing a little life to your rooms. If you are worried about using nails, you can place them on top of shelves or by the side table of your living room.

Use Your DIY Skills For Small Items

If you are a craft enthusiasts, you may want to look at options to build your own decorative items, using decoupage for example to decorate boxes or everyday objects. Or you can add a colourful touch around the frame of pictures with bright cutouts. If decoupage isn’t your thing, you can have a look at using chalk paint on small pieces of furniture, such as a chair, or your vanity cabinet if it isn’t mounted. Chalk paint dries in less than 20 minutes and provides great results even for DIY amateurs. So release your DIY soul!

Find A Signature Scent

Your sense of smell is the sense that is the best linked to your memories. By creating a scented décor, you can bring back happy memories to your mind and feel happier in your rented house.

You could use summery and natural scents, such as aromatic combinations to create a feel of warmth and holiday. Dried lavender is also a great addition to your house, as the smell is naturally peaceful and clean, which can help you to see the house in a different light. Sweet scents, such as cinnamon or vanilla, are ideal for a homely association in the living room. But if you want to add a touch of exotism, have a look for flowery smells instead. Let your nose guide you!

Go For Vibrant Colourful Items

Let’s agree on one thing. You can’t paint the walls, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have colourful accents. A colourful rug can change the atmosphere in the room, and transform dull magnolia into a fun living room. Similarly, you can work with bright cushion covers, exciting throws, or vibrant decorative items. Remember to coordinate your colours, though. Otherwise, the fun can suddenly turn into a colourful nightmare.

Give Your Home A Spring Makeover

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Time flies, or if you want to sound clever, you can even say it in Latin as the Romans used to, Tempus fugit. Whichever language you use, it doesn’t change the feeling. It seems that it was only yesterday when you started to put your Christmas decorations in the house – by the way, if you haven’t taken them off already, these really need to go back into the attic for now. And now, it’s already spring and the season of renewal is blowing flower kisses into every garden. You’ve certainly heard about the great spring cleaning – if you haven’t: Where have you been during the last years? – and now is the time to start yours. But instead of just swapping your winter for your summer wardrobe, you can go the extra mile this year, and give your house a complete spring makeover.

The Essential Cleaning

First of all, it’s not called spring cleaning for nothing. Your first action, before starting the makeover, is to go through the house and the garden and check how everything has survived the winter. Make a note of anything that needs fixing, and get in touch with professional engineers if you can’t fix it yourself. There are certain things that you shouldn’t play with, for instance cutting overgrown branches of your tallest trees is something that you can entrust to a professional gardener. Similarly, anything that relates to plumbing or electricity should be referred to your local plumber or electrician. But you can attend to the rest without worry. Start the big cleaning operation, so that the house is ready for the next step of the makeover.

DIY Home Improvements For The Crafter

Don’t they say that spring is the season of renewal? Let it inspire you to start a DIY home improvement project. Before you start, do make sure that you have all the tools you need – you can find deals on DontPayFull.com for most online shops, including DIY retailers if you need to upgrade your DIY gear. The first step in all home improvement projects is to measure the room and draw a plan. Don’t work without a plan as this will make it easier to project the new décor. Then, all you need is to get going with painting, sawing, building. If you are repainting a room, remember to take into consideration the amount of natural sunlight. If the room doesn’t receive much sunlight now, it will be worse in winter, so avoid any dark color.

Don’t Forget Your Garden

The spring renewal can also come into your garden. After the necessary maintenance work, which consists in mowing the lawn and remove all the weeds and overgrown plants, it’s time to consider dynamic landscaping ideas for your garden. If you are looking for inspiration, GardenDesign.com is a useful source of advice and décors for amateur and experienced gardeners. You can add colorful accents with flower containers for a small garden, or you can choose to playful patterns with your paths and plantings to create a dramatic atmosphere in long gardens.

 

Revamping Your Home: Things To Consider

After living in your property for a little while, it’s easy to get itchy feet. In fact, you might start thinking about changes you would like to do to the home. After all, it’s good to make the property feel brand-new again without having to sell up. But when it comes to giving your home a revamp, it can be a lot more complicated than you think. Therefore, here are some things to consider when you decide to revamp your home.

Are you going to do the work yourself?

As much as you are brimming with ideas of what changes you would like to make to the home, you need to think realistically about whether they are something you can do yourself. After all, if you are not a whiz at DIY, it might mean that the home renovations end up looking terrible in your home. Therefore, it’s a good idea to look for someone who can help you with the house renovations. For example, you might want to hire a decorator who can come and do painting and wallpapering for you. After all, it will look so much better if you get a professional to do it. And if you look around for local contractors, it hopefully won’t cost you a fortune!

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What’s happening with all your old belongings?

When it comes to renovating your home, it’s likely that you will buy a wealth of new items for your humble abode. After all, you want to make it look fantastic. However, when you do get new items for your house, you need to consider what to do with the old items. After all, you need to move them before they get in the way when the new items arrive. It’s worth asking friends and family if they would like the items. If they don’t, it might be a good idea to sell them. After all, if it’s large furniture like a sofa, you might get a significant amount to put towards renovating your house. Of course, you will have to look at ways to deliver them to the buyer. You can look online to find best man with a van quotes 2017 – Shiply which won’t break the bank while ensuring the item is moved safely to the new destination. And if the item has had its day, you could always get a skip which you can use to fill with the items before taking it to the dump!

What’s your budget and how will you fund the revamp?

Before you do anything, you need to work out how much it’s going to cost you to do a revamp. After all, you don’t want to get started and then figure out you are going to run out of money. Therefore, work out the costs at the beginning and then figure out your budget. That way, you know how much you can spend before you go bust. And it’s important to work out how you are going to fund the revamp. You might want to take money out of your savings to pay for it. Or you could even look into homeowner loans which can fund the project. Working this out now will save stress at the end!

And remember to get inspiration from online and magazines on how to renovate your home.

Aluminium Roof Lanterns

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Would you like to enjoy more natural light in your home? Then why don’t you take advantage of aluminium roof lanterns? They will make you look at the sky night and day, regardless of the weather outside, helping the existent windows with supplementary natural light. It is known that artificial light is bothering for our eyes and mood, most people having a tendency to feel gloomier on a clouded day, when natural light is scarce. But now, we can make our homes more welcoming, enjoying natural light as much as possible, with the help of these innovative roof lanterns.

But, what are these aluminium roof lanterns? Well, they have nothing to do with electricity, being elegant aluminium profiles, covered in sturdy glass, which replace your traditional roof. Thus, you will enjoy the daylight until darkness falls, not needing to use artificial light sources, not even on a rainy day. Are you ready to look at stars on the sky from the comfort of your home? Would you like to enjoy the rain while sitting comfortable under a cozy blanket and enjoy a hot tea? These roof lanterns can offer you exactly such type of experiences, without appearing like a bulky construction in your beautiful home. Due to the extra sleek frames, which measure just 40mm, this particular type of roof lanterns are 70% thinner than the regular roof lanterns you may find on the market. They are stylish but at the same time very resistant, providing all the protection you need on any weather.

If you want to have a breathtaking home, making you wish to go back at soon as possible, this is the addition you need to make to its design. This investment will not just help you save on electricity, since you won’t need artificial light too early in the day, but will also help you love your living space more. Not to mention that the design of your house will respect the latest tendencies, making everybody awe in amazement at the sight of your new roof. In case you were looking to do some major changes to the old appearance of your home, now you know what your options are. It is enough to install aluminium roof lanterns and your entire house will look brand new. Also, you will be amazed to see that it takes longer to take off your former roof than you install these amazing roof lanterns. It doesn’t matter where you will choose to enjoy such lanterns, because any room will look stunning with this elegant structure.

Aluminium Bifold Doors

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Do you love broad spaces, full of natural light? Well, how about if you could not just enjoy glass walls, but also a wall that can turn into an open space in just a few seconds. Yes, it is possible to turn a wall into a terrace with the help of Aluminium Bifold doors. But this is not the only practical application these amazing doors have. You can turn any wall you like into a glass wall, which can be opened completely whenever you desire, creating wide open spaces. It is exactly what you need if you want to make your living space seem without limit, enjoying natural light as much as possible, without the feeling that you are trapped inside. But, do talk with an architect first, because you need to know what walls can be folded and what walls are part of the resistance structure of your home.

These Aluminium Bifold doors are both a practical and elegant solution to creating a visual illusion of an open space. They act like windows when the weather outside is cold, but they can be completed removed, with the help of a revolutionary system, whenever you want to feel the need to be in the outdoors. They can make the connection between your house and the backyard, between your house and the patio, or between two rooms inside the house. You can make them as long as possible, because they extra slim profiles will not make the structure stand out or look bulky. These walls will look like regular doors and windows when they are not used, transforming into perfectly functional units when you need to create a wider space. As the name suggests, the segments of these glass doors will elegantly fold one onto another, allowing you to open entire walls with minimum space requirements.

The doors are fully customizable and will be made according to the specifications of your available space. Also, you can choose from a wide range of colors, so you can be sure that they will match the rest of your home. Even if having such walls and doors may look unsecure, you should know that the system used for locking the doors is extremely secure. The panels do not have exterior handles, the entire operation of the doors being made only from the inside. And you may also want to know that these doors are energy efficient, meaning that they won’t allow any heat to get out, also having a system that will keep them cool, to avoid the creation of a greenhouse effect, especially for windows that are oriented towards the east or south.

Add Some Personality To Your Living Room

Are you one of those people who has a neutral looking living space? Is every variation of beige on display? While this sort of decoration works when trying to sell your property, does it express your personality? If you are in your home for the long term, why not add a touch of you to the decoration? It’s important that your home is an expression of who you are as a person and also what your family is all about. With that in mind, I thought it would be a great time to offer some tips and advice on how you can add some personality to your living room.

 

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Reflect on the space you have to work with

One of the first things you should consider when decorating a room is how much space you have to work with. You need to figure out whether you have a big room or something that needs work. Smaller rooms, for example, won’t lend itself well to dark colours. It might close the room in further. Establishing what you have to work with will help you decide on your theme or colour scheme.

Go crazy with colour

It’s important to choose colours that lend themselves to the size of the room. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go a little crazy with your colour palette. Choose colours that express your personality. If you want something bold, then opt for a feature wall and choose other colours that will compliment your main wall. It is a great way to add a bright colour without overdoing it in the whole room. Then you could use accessories to pick up the different tones. There are great resources online from websites like www.sitepoint.com that could help you.

Add statement pieces of furniture

One of the big ways you can add personality to any room is your choice of furniture. With the living room areas, there is a fine line between choosing something unique, and something that is comfortable. At the end of the day, you want to be able to relax in your living space and not feel like you in some show house of art exhibition. There are some great pieces online on websites like LoveTheSign.com. Finding that right balance is key, but it could totally transform your living space from dull to fantastic.

Consider your flooring options carefully

Let’s face it; your flooring covers a lot of surface area. So it’s essential to choose the right flooring to compliment the room. Wooden flooring is durable and modern and is fast becoming the choice of flooring in many homes today. Carpet is seen as a little old fashioned. However, it still has that element of comfort and style, especially as you don’t need to stick with something boring anymore. A lot of carpet providers offer amazing designs that could make the flooring stand out. Again, it all depends on the size of the room and how often you use it. So make a decision that will work well with your lifestyle.

I hope this has inspired you to add some personality to your living room. Don’t forget, once you cover all the basics, adding little touches like photographs can make the room much more personal to you.

4 inspiring garden lighting ideas

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With the summer months just around the corner, it won’t be long before we can start to take advantage of the warmer weather and spend more time in our gardens. Whether you’re entertaining guests or having a candlelit dinner for two on the terrace, garden lighting can help you make the most of being outside when the sun goes down. Here are four inspiring lighting ideas to help you give a new lease of life to your outdoor space.

  1. Emphasise garden features with spot lights

Spot lights are the ideal outdoor lighting choice if you want to draw attention to certain garden features after dark. With adjustable heads, you can control the direction in which the light falls to create a dramatic display in your favourite areas. Perhaps you’re keen to show off an exotic plant, a water feature or an impressive piece of architecture on your home. Depending where you want to focus the light, you can choose between wall mounted versions or spike spotlights that can simply be pushed into the soil.

  1. Create a cosy dining area with lanterns

No outdoor seating area is complete without some ambient lighting. Casting a warm glow similar to a candle, lanterns can be used to create an intimate and welcoming atmosphere on patios and decking areas – perfect for warm summer evenings spent entertaining guests outdoors. To create an elegant display of light, lanterns can either be hung up on the wall or placed on a table to brighten up your alfresco dinner parties. You’ll be surprised by how much of a difference they can make when it comes to setting the right mood.

  1. Adorn your greenery with fairy lights

Not just for indoors, fairy lights can be used outside all year round to illuminate your flora. Why not give your greenery a magical glow by coiling them around tree branches and entwining them in trellises and shrubbery? These twinkling lights are ideal for outdoor parties and romantic seating areas and will give your garden a charming look and feel.

  1. Save energy with solar powered fixtures

Worried about using too much energy to illuminate your garden at night? That’s where solar lights come in. Offering a more cost effective way to brighten your outdoor space, these energy saving fixtures eliminate the need for complex wiring and are powered by the sun’s rays. As well as being an economical option, solar lamps come in a wide range of interesting designs and can make attractive garden features.

Of course, these are just a few examples of simple but effective lighting ideas for your garden, but they should inspire you to think of ways in which you can enjoy some extra time outdoors during the summer months.

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