Garden Trends 2018 – Alfresco living

Get on board with one of the biggest garden trends for 2018 – Alfresco Living. Despite the unpredictable British weather, us Brits love to spend time outdoors whenever the chance arises. With Spring in the air and Summer fast approaching, now is the best time to get your garden ready for some outdoor entertaining and relaxation. Here are just a few ideas on how to embrace the biggest garden trends of the year and make the most of alfresco living this summer…


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Without wanting to sound too biased, an awning is a great asset to any outdoor space. Providing shade from the sun and shelter from the wind and rain, awnings make alfresco living more comfortable, whatever the weather. They can also provide privacy for overlooked gardens and help to create a dedicated area for dining or relaxing in with friends and family.

Outdoor Kitchens

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Outdoor kitchens are becoming ever more popular. Whether you have a full kitchen with dedicated space for cooking and eating, or a just simple pizza oven installed, enjoy rustling up a feast in the great outdoors with style. This is a fabulous option for those who have a small kitchen or dining room indoors, allowing you to entertain large groups of friends or family in an extended outdoor living area.

Mood Lighting

Create the perfect alfresco ambience with intricate outdoor mood lighting. Use soft uplights along paths and walls and hang strings of pretty fairy lights on shrubs and trellises to create a tranquil and serene atmosphere at night-time. If you have an awning, why not include built-in LED lighting to provide a strong source of light over your main dining or relaxation area.

Vibrant Colours

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Big bold colours are right on trend for 2018. Inject some vibrant shades into your outdoor space for added interest and fun. Take inspiration from Pantone’s colour pallet of 2018 that features colours inspired by nature – berry purples, foliage greens and eggshell blues. Add pops of colour with purple flowers and herbs like lavender and create a softer backdrop with eggshell blue wooden furniture. If you have an awning, why not choose a vibrant fabric colour to create a real statement in your outdoor space.


The copper trend is still holding strong and will be popular in gardens all over the UK this summer. From copper pots and sculptures to copper coloured chairs and gates, these warm tones will complement and enhance the green foliage of your outdoor space.

Overall, the alfresco living trend is one that will encourage you to spend more time outdoors, and by incorporating a few of these ideas into your outdoor landscaping, you’ll be able to enjoy a space that not only looks fabulous, but is comfortable and practical too. All we need now is a bit of sunshine…

If you are interested in getting an awning installed in your outdoor space this summer, get in touch with our sales team to find out more and to arrange a no obligation quote and free design consultation with the Awningsouth team.

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