Last month we took a close look at some of the garden furniture trends that we’re predicting will be hot this summer. This month I wanted to broaden that out and look more at the garden decor and accessories that we think will be the in ‘thing’ for our gardens and patios in 2013. No matter if your outdoor space is an urban retreat or an expansive country garden, these are just some of trends you need to look out for during the months ahead…
A recent study by Lloyds TSB identified that homeowners have spent an average of £894 just on outdoor furniture and garden decor for their gardens in the past year alone. It is estimated that around £14bn was spent on gardens alone across the UK in 2012, with the average garden now worth an estimated £1,928. Thats a big shift from a decade or so ago, when a few plastic chairs and greenhouse was about all you’d find. Im sure that figure must have doubled, if not tripled, over the last 15 years or so?
Many of us Brits now have what are regarded as ‘luxury’ garden items such as hot tubs (10%), trampolines (22%) and garden rooms (8%) in our gardens. And there is a general feeling in our industry that people are fixing up their current homes and gardens, instead of putting their house on the market. The survey also highlighted that one in 10 admitted to spending money on their garden as they can’t afford to move home. And that a third of homeowners say spending a lot of time outside is the main reason for splashing out on garden furniture and decor.
So here’s hoping for a good summer, and if you’re not sure what to buy, then hopefully our little run down of some of Lazy Susan’s fave decor trends will help to inspire you!
Enhancing your outdoor space with garden art can be as simple or complex as you like. From a hand crafted garden sculpture to a colourful outdoor art panel. More and more artists are creating garden art. When you add something unique, sculptural or handcrafted into your garden you add immediate impact. In addition, garden art creates the ideal opportunity to break from tradition, providing added interest amongst the flowers and greenery in our gardens and landscape. Plus, it is the perfect gift for a hard-to-buy-for gardening enthusiast. We love the handmade shiny copper chalice (shown above) that are available on notonthehighstreet.com.
If you truly want to bring the inside out, then the latest outdoor lamp designs look like they belong indoors. And what better way to bring the inside, outside, and onto your patio. They feature an all-weather bulb, and shades that are both waterproof and washable, making the perfect center-piece for your Lazy Susan outdoor dining set. The Grok Everyday outdoor lamp (pictured above) is the perfect example, and is great for the more laid back deck or patio.
Vertical gardens, green walls, living walls, whatever you call them, we love them and they’re are one of the best pieces of new(ish) garden decor we’ve seen emerging over the last few years… A carefully planted vertical garden can creates several square metres of garden in places where you otherwise wouldn’t be able to have plants such as a small urban backyard. And what’s more, they’re a contemporary way of softening a dull and boring wall or fence. Check out vertigarden.co.uk who have some great affordable modular solutions (as shown above).
One of the smartest garden decor investments that a homeowner can make, is to install modern landscape lighting. The impact of well designed landscape lighting in your garden goes way beyond the obvious of extra safety and security. Strategically placed, good quality outdoor lighting will highlight a focal point, cast light up into trees, deliver light and shadow across your beds, or illuminate a special piece of garden art. You could go down the architectural route with simple shapes, or opt for something a little more unique, with intricate lighting schemes that are pure works of art in their own right. Prometheus Lighting have a great starter kit (their path light is shown above) if you fancy turning your hand to designing your own outdoor lighting scheme.
Oversize Hanging Baskets
In 2013, hanging baskets are big. The bigger the better, 18 inches at the very least. And its not just the basket that need to big, the flowers need to be big, bright and bold, bursting over the sides. Plant them with petunias as they’re easy to find, easy to grow, available in almost every colour, and they’re the perfect choice for supersize hanging baskets. Just take a look at crowders.co.uk heavy duty hanging basket (shown above).
Vintage and antique decorative garden reclamation has got the style magazines all excited this year. From architectural antique Victorian garden planters to restored retro furniture from the 50’s, we’re seeing chic pieces given a new lease of life. Vintage Living’s Love Seat is the perfect example… You can create a cosy spot for two with this stunning ironwork bench.
The ideal solution to make any space look bigger than it actually is. Garden designers have adopted this Interior Designer trick and taken it outside. We’re seeing more and more outdoor mirrors being used to reflect the most attractive aspects of a garden and add depth to borders. The Grange Tudor style leaded mirror (shown above) is a beautiful example.
Feed The Birds
For those of you interested in bringing a little wildlife to your garden, nothing is better than adding a small collection of bird feeders. Take the Birdball birdhouse from Garden House Design, it was inspired by the natural forms of a birds nests, and is far removed from the traditional image of feeder. It provides a safe environment for nesting small birds. It’s a beautiful contemporary designed piece and it perfectly complements any garden.
Nest & Swing Chairs
And I’m not talking about the kids here… There are some fantastic and truly unique nest and swing chairs on the high street. Hanging chairs are really stunning, yes you need the space, but if you’ve got it, then why not create a real statement with any of the modern ones that come in some truly creative and artistic styles. Take the St Tropez chair by Maison Bertet pictured above. It is a homage to the classic 70’s style egg chair, but it is an affordably priced lounger with a unique style, which is the ultimate in relaxation.
The folding garden chair is back. Recently viewed as ‘budget’, this practical seating solution has been given a makeover and brought back to take it’s rightful place on the most stylish of patios. The Little-L folding chair by Frank Boschman (shown above) is a particular favourite in the Lazy Susan office. A contemporary aluminium take on the classic wood and canvas director’s chair, it is available to buy online from Royal Botania.
Garden Arches, Garden Trellises and Pergolas
Using garden arches and garden trellises in your garden will not only increase the drama factor, but it can provide extra shading from the sun. A garden arch or pergola makes a great transition point to break up a garden, while trellises can be placed against a dull wall or fence to add instant beauty and help to cool the indoor space they adorn. And it’s not just basic timber styles… Take a look at the contemporary metal arch (shown above) from Moore Designs. Available to purchase from notonthehighstreet.com. A beautifully simple, modern alternative to the more traditional gothic styles that we’re used to seeing.