We're constantly looking for new trends that can be incorporated around the home - and it's no different when it comes to the garden
In fact, following the heatwave we enjoyed last summer, one in 10 Brits now think their outdoor space is the most important part of the house.
So, what should we be looking out for when we're thinking about decorating our gardens? Well, B&Q's Outdoor Market Manager, Christopher Ray, fills us in...
1. Ochre appeal
One of the hottest colours in interiors this year is ochre and it's proving to be just as popular outdoors as it is indoors. It's a great way to add a dash of personality into your garden, with the muted tone providing a sophisticated spin on Gen Z Yellow. The earthiness is perfectly suited to a space that is surrounded by nature. The trend can be incorporated into your outdoor space and brings a splash of sunshine on the cloudiest of days.
2. Monochrome mania
Monochrome has withstood the test of time, with the trend easy to incorporate into spaces, regardless of the credentials. A good place to start will be with cushions and throws, or if you want something that's a bit more daring, how about opting for a fancy stylish set?
3. Twisted texture
Rattan is back on the agenda, with a small touch of texture providing a clever way of elevating an outdoor space into a chic, modern look. With the maximalist look very much in, it's time to perfect the art of layering. A great way to go about this will be by utilising knitted throws and tassled cushions or alternatively, how about partnering outdoor rugs to create a powerful look with your garden furniture. This then helps you build up your space, creating more depth and a cosier feel.
4. Bright colours for small spaces
A look that we're seeing more and more of are popping shades - however, this year, they're slightly different. Try the look in a smaller outdoor area to create a simple, effective look which creates the maximum impact, regardless of the space you're working with.
morillo coffee table, £19 / Saba Metal 2 seater Bistro set, £60, both at B&Q
The humble terracotta pot is making a triumphant return this year. It was a staple in previous years, and now it's coming back - it also presents a valuable opportunity to start growing your own, so by the time summer arrives, you can have your own botanical paradise.
Lead image: Blooma Birch & Moonless rug, £18 / Nurgul Round Pink Pot, £5 , both at B&Q