12 ways to bring your outdoor space to life

24.10.2017

As the weather grows warmer, why not explore opportunities for making more of your balcony, garden or patio. From lighting, plants and textiles through to comfy seating, we pick some of our favorite ideas from homes we’ve visited.


IKEA Ideas - 12 ways to bring your outdoor space to life

Create an urban jungle.

Go big on a city balcony by layering plants and pots of different sizes at different levels, hanging lanterns for soft lighting and adding natural elements like stones and pebbles. Choose broad-leafed and fern-like plants to get a lush look.

IKEA Ideas - 12 ways to bring your outdoor space to life

Crate up your shrubs.

Wooden crates make a versatile addition. Take advantage of sunnier days by giving indoor plants a spell outdoors, or make a portable mini herb garden.

Make your own plant nursery.

If you’re a keen gardener, nurture young seedlings by protecting them from the elements and pests under glass, ready for planting out once they’re strong.

Grow high and low.

Don’t let a small space stop you from creating your own version of the great outdoors – look to walls, ceilings and even floors for ways to fill it with green.

Get set to eat out.

Transform your outside space into an outdoor dining and entertaining area with tables, chairs, lighting and textiles. Curtains will create a dreamy atmosphere, as well as frame the view, screen for privacy and protect from wind, harsh sunlight and heat.























 

IKEA Ideas - 12 ways to bring your outdoor space to life
IKEA Ideas - 12 ways to bring your outdoor space to life

Make your own decorations.

Painted paper lampshades make the perfect summer ornament, hang them at different levels to create a relaxed and summery feel.

Be creative with textile scraps.

Add colour to a bare space in an instant and disguise an ugly railing by hanging scraps of vibrant textiles in different patterns.

Serve up inviting details.

Make space for daily rituals like a morning coffee or five o'clock tea outside with a small table or stool and tray, easy to bring from indoors and clear away after.

“I try to stay outside as long as the sun shines and longer. I love the cosiness of our bench area and the privacy and cover we get from the screen.”

Hester, Blogger, UK

IKEA Ideas - 12 ways to bring your outdoor space to life
 
 
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IKEA Ideas - 12 ways to bring your outdoor space to life
IKEA Ideas - 12 ways to bring your outdoor space to life
IKEA Ideas - 12 ways to bring your outdoor space to life

Take indoor cosiness outside.

Treat your outdoor space just as you would your indoors, with layered textiles, comfy seating and candles – great for cooler days or evenings.

Soften city surroundings.

Make a city setting more cosy by adding relaxing seating and rugs, choose bright colors for a sunny look or more neutral shades for a soothing effect.

Revamp your flooring.

Add the warmth of natural wood to a balcony or garden with floor tile decking, extending the feel of indoors to the outside. Good enough for bare feet!

 

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