Garden Design Trends of 2017
Throughout this past year, there have been some exciting new trends to look out for in the world of interior design, and this is certainly also true for your outdoor space. Often more of a neglected area of home design, but still important, making the most of your garden will offer you another place to relax at home, and be the cherry on top of your house design. If you’re looking for ways to improve your garden, here are some of the best new trends that will definitely do the trick for your outdoor area.
A mix of Patterns
Whether you choose polka dots, stripes, geometric figures, or more, playing with patterns will add the stylish finishing touches to your garden. Not only are patterns often at the centre of new trends, but they can also be utilized on many different types of objects and decorations- making them a simple way of adding some character to your garden. One of the best ways to show your new trendy pattern choice is finding pillows, blankets, or rugs that will definitely spruce up, and colour your outside area. Fun prints, and retro styles have been all the rage this year and this trend shows no signs of stopping. Patterns can also be a way of following another emerging exterior design trend- eclecticism. Mixing prints from different countries or of different colour pallets may seem like a sure fire way to have your décor clash- but if you mix patterns well you will be right on trend for the bohemian takeover in 2017.
Upgrading the Furniture
If patterns aren’t your cup of tea, changing the furniture is also a direction you can take. Making the garden more luxurious and doing away with old damaged or disposable furniture can completely change how your garden looks, and how you feel in it. The furniture trends of 2017 have seen people choosing to take the inside outdoors- meaning sofas, rugs and armchairs usually seen in a living room can increasingly be found outside in the garden. Of course in order for this to work you need to have items of furniture able to withstand the changes in weather throughout the seasons. Companies like Unopiu are getting in onto this trend and creating some really gorgeous luxury outdoor furniture for those looking to add a little class, and a lot of comfort to their garden area.
Lots of Lights
Just like you had fun choosing the lighting for your indoor home design, why shouldn’t you do the same for your outdoor area? Possibly even more fun to pick and choose, the lighting in your garden will definitely change the garden. Whether you choose fairy lights, solar-powered lights, fake LED candles, or even lights that change colour, the change will add magic to your garden. 2017 saw an increase in design inspired by travel and a mix of garden lanterns, candles and fairy lights will add that exotic feel to your garden without having to spend a fortune.
Getting your hands dirty
One trend, which has taken us a little by surprise in exterior design and decorating your garden, is actually gardening itself. It has become increasingly popular, and cool, to give a go at growing your own vegetables or flowers. 2017 has been a year of becoming more health conscious and more and more people are choosing to go organic. Of course, unfortunately gardening can take a lot of time, which can be difficult for those who work all day and want to relax at the weekend. One solution could be simply placing potted plants around the garden, which definitely require less attention but nonetheless change the garden’s appearance for the better. However, if you fancy having a go at growing your own veg there is a lot of advice out there on the easiest vegetables to grow for your first attempt.
Inspired by the Sea
If you’re not sold on the trend of eclectic styles and colourful prints, another 2017 style trend to rival these has been cool, calm, coastal colours. Sticking to a clean selection for blues and whites your garden can become a truly peaceful and relaxing part of your home to stay in. Comfortable seating, nautical pillows and not too much clutter can really transform your outside space. White covers under which you can sit comfortably with a book in rain or shine and even some seashells taken from your last visit to the coast are all gorgeous ways of doing up your garden this year.
Perhaps the British weather doesn’t allow us to enjoy our gardens as much as we’d like, but think of it as an extra challenge in terms of design and you will find you want to spend much more time outdoors in your beautiful, colourful, lit up, and comfortable surroundings!
in collaboration with Emily J