Homewares & Interiors

Transform Your Small Garden Into An Oasis With These 6 Style Ideas

By Jess Willemse
16th Nov 2020

2020 has been a ride, but one thing is for sure, summer isn’t cancelled. With the temperature rising, Christmas holidays approaching and plenty of balmy evenings ahead of us, it’s officially time to sort your outdoor space for the season. 

And whether you’re blessed with a beautiful backyard, or have a more humble outdoor nook, the fact is there are endless ideas to level up a small garden space. Together with Mitre 10—the go-to for all things outdoors—we’ve got you covered with six ways to transform your tiny garden into an oasis.    

Glow Up With Outdoor Lighting 

Amp up the ambience by layering your outdoor space with different types of lighting. If you can affix strings of bulbs to your space, we highly recommend opting for vintage-style festoon lights—they really set the mood come sundown. But that’s not all—go wild with battery-powered fairy lights, which work well in glass containers or wrapped around furniture. Larger lanterns also make a statement, and the perfect pairing is this boho lantern with this rattan lantern. Complement the larger lighting elements with a slew of tealights, candle holders and smaller lanterns for ultimate cosy outdoor vibes.  

Layer-Up Your Outdoor Lounge 

It’s a well-known styling trick that if you want a small space to feel bigger, you should fill it with ample furniture and accessories, instead of minuscule items. That’s why we’re all about embracing the cosy this season and layering up our gardens, decks, balconies or outdoor nooks with stylish pieces that make a statement. Get started with the base layer of furniture, and choose an outdoor set that suits your needs. If you’re often hosting a sundown session, why not transform your backyard into a bar with this five-piece outdoor bar setting. On the flip side, catch some rays in an outdoor daybed or a cue the ‘Gram vibes with a trendy rattan egg chair. Follow this up with layers upon layers of accessories, we’re talking outdoor cushions, ottomans, rugs, throws and consider your summer pad sorted.  

Throw Some Shade

Because we prefer our fish fried and not our skin, it’s super important to think about a shaded component to your outdoor area come summer. The feisty ozone layer isn’t letting up any time soon, so make your space more manageable in the blustering January heat with a gazebo or umbrella. If you have space, we really vibe the style of this Tuscany-inspired gazebo—just imagine the drinks and dinner parties you could host in that. Alternatively, opt for a shade sail—here's exactly how to pimp out your outdoor space with one. If you’re dealing with more of an outdoor nook or balcony area, you can’t go past a trusty and stylish umbrella featuring natural wood tones. Your skin will thank you later. 

Go Vertical With Foliage 

Save space by taking to the sky with your garden this season. There are endless options for creating a vertical garden, from going full-on DIY with a pallet garden to transforming an ugly wall or fence with vertical planters and hanging pots. However, if you’re looking for a fuss-free option you can knock out one evening, we’ve found the solution for you. This nifty stacking planter system can be assembled in a matter of minutes to create a three-tiered garden worthy of the ‘Gram. For even less effort, simply snap up a raised planter box and call it a day. Fill with low-maintenance greenery like succulents, or embrace bright summer colours with trailing flowers and foliage. Either way, we promise your friends will be green with envy. 

Heat Up With A Fire Pit

With daylight savings just ticking over, we’re so ready for long evenings in the garden, a spritz in one hand and a cheese platter in the other. Take your afternoon drinks way into the night with the addition of a fire pit to your space. If you’re short on space, a vertical chiminea is a good starter option, or you could even try this cute cast iron fire bowl. Alternatively, take your fire hangs to the next level with this incredibly aesthetic and impressive fire pit featuring a modern concrete finish—it’s the epitome of style. Those who love a DIY moment could even get around building their very own fire pit for the season. Who’s down for s'mores?

Pimp Out Your Privacy 

The reality of renting is that there’s often not much privacy, especially when it comes to spending time in your garden. But never fear, there are a few nifty tricks to keep nosy neighbours out of your sightline. Firstly, invest in a few large pots and trees. Yes, you can grow trees in pots and as well as adding privacy, they also offer height and shade to a small space. Citrus, maple, olive and magnolia trees are all good options to pot up and the bonus is you’ll score some delicious goods, beautiful blossoms or autumnal leaves as well. The other option is to get creative and assemble some garden screens. You can opt for a trellis that will support climbing plants, or a few decorative panels for that element of style.  

Summer is fast approaching which means only one thing, it’s time to create an outdoor space you love. From outdoor furniture to plants, lighting and more, Mitre 10 have you covered. 

Editor’s note: This article is proudly sponsored by Mitre 10 and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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