Create an outdoor relaxation haven this summer – here’s how

7 ways to make your outdoor space more relaxing.

The only thing better than relaxing indoors on a beautiful sunny day is to do all that outside, surrounded by nature. But first, you must make your outdoor look and feel inviting, relaxing and pleasant not just for you but also for your guests and anyone who might want to join you.

With the help of John Strahan, owner of Outdoor Living Direct, who knows that few things are as enjoyable as spending time outdoors with family and friends, we discover a few ways to create an outdoor space that is both inviting for the whole family, and relaxing.

Create a cozy dining spot

Breaking bread with loved ones is an important function of outdoor entertaining so choosing your dining space and furniture wisely.

Make it comfortable

“For simply lounging, beanbag and pod chairs are great fun for children. Adults can spend leisure time ensconced in one of the company’s hammocks, sunloungers, day beds, modern hanging chairs or swing chairs,” says Strahan.

Keep it warm

A fire pit, chiminea, or fireplace instantly adds warmth to your yard, especially during the cooler months or in the evening. What can be more relaxing than talking with friends or family next to a fire, or cuddling with a partner as you stare at the flames? “Freestanding and hanging heaters enable individuals to extend their enjoyment of outdoor living spaces, even when temperatures get chilly,” adds Strahan.

Add an element of water

Water features are easy to make and look really beautiful. Even the sight and sound of water has a calming, restorative effect. Consider these water features depending on your space and budget: Garden pond, Koi pond, Wading pool, Fountain or Birdbath.

Create a quiet corner

One of the most relaxing activities I can think of is sitting in a quiet and cozy corner with a good book. You might want to have such a nice spot in your backyard or garden. It should be private but not completely secluded.


To create a relaxing outdoor space, it is necessary to keep a minimalist approach. Don’t clutter the area with furniture that is not often used. Consider a few built-in benches around a fire pit or some hanging chairs that give the feel of extra space.

Get a pergola

Pergolas are perfect for entertaining guests but also for spending relaxing moments alone or with your family. Organise a relaxing sitting area with sectionals, benches or even sofas. You can train climbing plants to stick to the columns and eventually form a green canopy.

Be inspired by these home decor trends for 2019

MiNDFOOD looks at a few of the big home decor trends still shaping 2019.

From the latest neutral colour palates and DIY decorating trends to minimalistic interior design ideas, 2019 is the year for returning to nature and making your living space uniquely you.

Natural wood

Wood instantly gives warmth to an interior, whether it is a piece of furniture, a floor or even a wall of wood.

Don’t hide your beautiful beams with paint or ceiling panels. Expose them and just protect them with a transparent lacquer and they will look beautiful. Incorporate a natural edge dining table or coffee table into your kitchen or living room. 

While white kitchens may have been the trend over the past few years, this clean look will quietly give way to more natural wood finishes. 

Sustainable and natural fabrics

Across homes, sustainable and natural fabrics are going to be a key trend that will hit the mainstream in 2019. Look for it in upholstered furniture, throws, cushions and tapestries. The movement towards natural fabrics speaks to the broader conversations across design right now that is all about embracing a peaceful retreat from crazy, modern life.

Earthy tones

Just flick through a home decor magazine or watch your Instagram feed to see that this colour palette is back.

A transition to a more conscious living is reflected in green and earth interiors. A mixture of beige and grey is coming back, as neutral tones and richer colors such as terracotta, deeper blues and warm greens.

Vintage furniture

Antique and vintage furniture pieces will always hold a value of their own, but now they have found a new design role. Most of the people who bought antique furniture in the past had a vintage home design. Now home designers have started to combine antique and vintage furniture pieces with modern home design and the result is fantastic.

Your personal touch

For those of you who thought that the trend of handmade crafted furniture and accesories would go away we have news, it’s now bigger than ever. Handmade DIY pieces in shabby chic style are a huge trend because you can incorporate them in almost any design. Don’t be afraid to even try to make a piece by yourself.

Always remember, trends are first and foremost sources of inspiration, but they can also serve as a guide when you are about to decorate (or redecorate) your space. What makes an interior unique is the personal touch you bring to it.

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