The Pastel Trend

Now that the romantic deep reds of Valentine’s Day are safely behind us, the shops and lifestyle magazines begin to herald the coming of spring with displays of soft greens, chick yellows and pastel pinks. With such a wide variety of covetable accessories on offer, why not bring the springtime feel to your patio area too?

It’s still far too chilly to contemplate enjoying a proper lunch outside using your outdoor patio furniture, but catch the early season’s rays with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake, served on Nigella Lawson’s cake and cheese dome with a pale green checked base. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Check out the selection of mugs at Magpie, for some witty garden-friendly designs. They’re the perfect match for your outdoor patio furniture.

If you happen to be hosting a get together during this time of the year and considering your catering options, why not take a look at The Original Pop Up Shop’s pretty pastel paper cups, which would be a charming spring-like addition to any occasion.

Pale pastels look striking against the bronzy hues of cast aluminium patio furniture, and a couple of newly purchased cheerful cushions will freshen up a rattan corner seat. A cosy throw is an easy way to instantly update your padded seating area. If you pick out one or two accent colours, say a yellow, turquoise or pink, and then repeat this colour scheme with garden accessories such as lanterns, garden candles or tea light holders, you will be able to harmonize your decorating theme. Too many of us leave our outdoor patio furniture hunched under a dreary tarpaulin until May. Chances are you will gaze out onto your patio, so make the most of the view by creating an uplifting scene.

The stores are full of cute little spring bulbs that are ready potted in cheery pots or baskets. Go for a rustic feel with a woven basked of hyacinths. They look delightful by the front step, but they’re also a great visual treat on patio furniture, such as an outdoor dining table. Or snap up some of Waitrose’s little pastel spotty pots with single bulbs in them and bring the spring inside.

If you are looking for something a little more permanent, consider a new watering can in a fresh hue. Placed carefully on your garden table, perhaps with a couple of small containers of bluebells or snowdrops, these will combine to create a quirky display worthy of the pages of the Country Living magazine itself. We hope we’ve given you some inspiration for your outdoor patio furniture


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