How to create a luxury outdoor space in light of the cost of living crisis…

Petrol prices are soaring, the average weekly food shop has risen by up to 50%, and inflation has hit a forty-year high. The cost of living crisis that we are currently experiencing is forcing the nation to take account of what means the most to them, and prioritise their spending – meaning that updating your home or garden may be at the bottom of your to-do list. But, with summer in full bloom, and more people spending time at home rather than spending money on days out or in restaurants, maintaining your personal spaces may be more important than you think…

With this in mind, the luxury outdoor furniture brand, Harbour Lifestyle, reveals its affordable tricks to transform your garden on a budget. From solar lighting to alfresco accessories, you can make small, affordable cost-effective changes and tweaks to your outdoor space to give it that luxurious look and feel you’re eager to achieve– and without breaking the bank!


Light the way

When it comes to designing an outdoor space, lighting tends to be overlooked. Although it may not be needed during the daytime, as soon as the sun begins to set, your guests will be thankful that you aren’t expecting them to sit in the dark, or move indoors. So, to give your space a lavish vibe, why not incorporate solar-powered lanterns? Contemporary and elegant, solar lanterns are the ideal lighting solution, and accessory, for your patio or deck. Simply place them in a corner, or at the edge of a furniture piece, for an angular look that feels chic during the daytime, and cosy when the stars begin to shine.

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Dress the floor

One of the simplest ways to make your outdoor space feel more opulent is to consider the comforts that we wouldn’t usually expect to find outdoors. For example, if you already have a seating arrangement, why not add in an outdoor rug? The additional solace of not having to place your feet on a cold patio tile creates a sumptuous experience, and a stylish aesthetic, that will work wonders in your garden without having to splash out on a full new set. Choose a rug that coordinates with your existing furniture, and ensure you select one with hardwearing, weatherproof materials for a truly indulgent feel.

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Add some shade

If you’re looking to create a holiday vibe, there is nothing more reminiscent of a sunny, sandy coastline than a parasol. Parasols are excellent additions to your outdoor space, as they are not only aesthetically pleasing but also pose multiple uses to improve your day-to-day alfresco living. From providing shelter if the unpredictable British weather becomes drizzly, to creating shade when the sun comes beaming down in the heat of summer – parasols can enhance your garden to ensure you get the best use out of it, 365 days of the year. For a chic modern look, opt for a parasol that has a wooden pole, and a canopy that coordinates with your existing furniture.

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Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise

If you are happy with your current outdoor furniture setup, don’t forget that adding elegant accessories can enhance your space further to make it feel more put-together and welcoming. For example, adding throw cushions to your sofa set will help to create a lush yet cosy ambience for your guests, providing both comfort and additional visual interest.

Choose throw pillows that harmonize with your current setup, but be bold and don’t be too matchy! Choose a pattern with mutual colour palettes, such as a botanical pattern if you have existing neutral-toned furniture. Be sure that the pillows you choose are weatherproof, breathable, and fade-resistant – you don’t want your pillows to become damaged after just a few uses. Remember, quality materials and manufacturing will always end up saving you money in the end, as the items won’t have to be replaced so frequently.

So, with four simple yet affordable tips on how to make a more luxurious outdoor space that won’t break the bank at your fingertips, which one will you be doing first? Whether you are looking to increase comfort with cosy accessories, or ensure you can use your alfresco space 365 days of the year, these tips from the experts at Harbour Lifestyle will make your next outdoor transformation effortless.

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