How to Make Your Garden Cosy and Homey

How to Make Your Garden Cosy and Homey

Gardens tend to have a habit of looking sparse and uninspiring, and this is often why people don’t want to spend a lot of time in their outdoor space. Many people but the bare minimum into their gardens, with a square of lawn, some old block paving and a plastic table and chair set being pretty much all there is. There isn’t anything wrong with this, especially if you’re not very green-thumbed and like a low-maintenance type of garden, but it doesn’t take much to make your garden cosy and inviting.

With just a few minor changes, you can completely overhaul the look and feel of your garden and transform it into something homely and a place where you want to spend your time. Interested? Keep reading to find out more.

Choose a background colour

The first step to making your garden look good is to make sure you have a good colour scheme. For those with fences, consider something less harsh than the dark green or dark brown a lot of people paint their fences. Try something warmer like cream or a pastel shade of pink, purple, blue or green. This will give you a great backdrop for your new cosy space.

Think about seating

There’s a lot to be said about garden furniture. It’s either hard, cold and uncomfortable, or it’s so comfy that you end up sleeping entire afternoons away on it. The problem is, a lot of people have hard, plastic furniture that doesn’t look good, nor does it feel good. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference some soft furnishings can have on your seating area. Consider a rattan furniture set with lots of throw pillows and blankets. This will mimic your sofa, and is there anything more inviting and relaxing than your sofa? We think not. Your garden should give off the same vibes and should be a place you gravitate to after a long day, and the best way to do this is to make it warm and soft on your body. So, add throw cushions and blankets to your shopping list! A more radical (yet very rewarding!) option can also be to construct a new summerhouse in your garden with its own seats and padded sofas, and you can view a range of garden rooms from scotts online, for example. These not only provide a high level of comfort but also replicate a homely feel despite being outside, making them a fantastic asset for the summer.

Lighting options

Light has a massive impact on mood, and this applies outdoors, too. During the height of the day there is no need for additional lighting, but in the evening (when you’re most likely to use your garden after work), the sun will have set. No one wants to sit in darkness because it’s not pleasant, nor is it good for your eyes. In your outdoor area, consider some warm lighting. You can add a warm solar powered lamp, or you can add some string lights over the seating area, too. Warm light is associated with relaxation and comfort, making it perfect for those looking to increase the cosy vibes of their garden.

String lights are a great choice, but make sure when you’re buying outdoor lighting, you’re buying lights that are specifically designed for outdoor use. Alternatively, check out ideas for neon signs and alternative lighting options that you can use an extension lead for! 

Added extras

A lot of cosiness and good vibes come from accessories. We’re not talking about gnomes, we’re talking about things like rugs. By placing a rug under the seating area and creating a border of plants and foliage to section off the furniture from the rest of the garden, you will instantly curate a warm and inviting space for everyone to enjoy.


These are just a few of the ways you can make your garden more homely and appealing. If you have the space and budget, you could even add a firepit to the centre. Will you be trying any of these ideas in your garden?

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