Pink feather lamp by Matthew Williamson

Having somewhere to relax both inside and outside of your house is, in my opinion, essential, especially in the summer months. A well-thought-out garden design can complete the home, even if you have a small balcony or patio area, there are changes you can make to complete the style of the entire property and create your own sanctuary.

Garden swing updated with chalk paint

 As part of this feature, I’m working in collaboration with paint specialists Sandtex and Sadolin to showcase 8 garden updates to make your property come alive.

Sandtex, for those who are unfamiliar with the name, is the exterior counterpart to Crown paints. Specialising in exterior masonry paint, the brand has been perfecting its formula for over 50 years so it’s fair to say they know how to create a good product or two. From exterior gloss to brickwork primer, if there’s an outdoor project you’re looking to tackle then Sandtex might be worth considering.

The first point to work on when designing your outdoor space is making sure it reflects your personality. The key is to have some fun with it. Add a quirky feel to your garden by hanging hammocks and swing chairs from trees, creating the perfect family space for both relaxation and fun. By using Sandtex exterior satin paint in Gentle Blue, Cloudy Day and Fern Canopy as seen above, this updates an otherwise plain piece of garden furniture.

Outdoor dining area with painted furniture

I absolutely love how this painted table and chairs pop against the black painted statement wall, giving a modern twist to something which can normally look fairly traditional. Why not create a sanctuary so that you can maximise your outdoor living in summer by introducing rattan sofas and tables, a dining area with rattan chairs and a lounge bed for a much-needed summer snooze.

Another great idea to create more seating within your garden is to maximise space by building a bench like the idea below. The rich grain of the wood has been brought out by wood protection brand Sadolin, which not only makes the wood finish durable but waterproof. You can also light your way to an evening oasis by dotting outdoor lanterns throughout the space, which is such an easy way to add style to your space. Throw in some outdoor cushions and a blanket and you’re ready to watch the sunset, drinking Pimms.

Upcycled deckchairs in outdoor dining area

Sadolin is another British brand which is renowned throughout both the professional and DIY markets, with a rich heritage spanning over 200 years. What makes Sadolin different to other brands on the market is its innovation. Exposure to sunlight, for example, can make conventional wood stains fade, but Sadolin uses specially selected light-filtering pigments to promote longer lasting colours. Therefore leaving you more time to enjoy the garden than getting the paint brushes out every spring.

Some wood stains, meanwhile, are waterproof but they can also prevent natural moisture in the wood from passing through, leaving the wood to swell up, breaking the bond between the surface and the coating. This brand, however, has been designed to form a Microporous ‘jacket’, which is both waterproof and allows the wood to breathe naturally. Can you see why so many professionals swear by it?

Tree bench seating areaButterfly fence decorations

Your garden interior design should reflect the interior design within your home. For example, if you live in a sleek modern house, maybe reconsider that shabby chic furniture set. It doesn’t need to be huge changes bear in mind to make a difference. Creating smaller focal points through the garden can be a quick and easy weekend DIY project, such as these painted butterflies and picture frames hung on the wall to highlight greenery. The injection of blue is a great contrast between the more natural tones and could be great to use on plant pots to tie the colour throughout the whole garden.

Having an outdoor eating and entertaining space is definitely a luxury, but if you do have the room then update an inexpensive dining set with a lick of paint – again seen here in a palette of Sandtex exterior gloss. I love the use of mismatched chairs, especially when teamed with country white paint and rustic styling. The bunting absolutely finishes this garden off perfectly – if I had the space for something similar, it would take a storm to get me to consider eating inside.

Upcycled outdoor dining furniture

I hope this post inspired you to update your outdoor space and consider both Sandtex and Sadolin for your next garden exterior project. And before I forget, I have a great post coming up on Monday showing you how to create your very own indoor garden space if you live in an apartment like me. Definitely, one to catch.

*Post in partnership with Sandtex & Sadolin

In case you missed it: How To Create An Outdoor Entertainment Area | 5 Books To Read This Month | Transforming A Second-Hand Kitchen

About the author
Victoria Jackson is the editor of multi-award winning interior design blog Apartment Number 4. Designed to help you create a beautiful home on a budget, Victoria edits the inspirational and showcases the affordable.

One Comment

  1. I love all these ideas and although our garden isn't that big and we have a garage, I struggle to 'style' it, as I always stall on the idea of where to house all said stuff.lol Yes we have the garage, but it's meant to be that, not a storage place! I've always wanted some big ratten furniture etc.


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