Bringing it back to nature

Benjamin Moore outdoor dining

Benjamin Moore

2022 is the year to bring it back to nature


Our favourite brands, instagram feeds and Pinterest boards have been filled with luscious greenery, rewilding and inspo pics all about blurring the lines of the in and out – and we are here for it. 


Whether it’s enjoying the sunshine from the comfort of your own backyard, attempting that veggie or herb garden you’ve dreamed of, or simply adding a comfy chair to a garden corner to create a little nook to be amongst Mother Nature this spring summer –  we’ve selected a few of our favourite outdoor trends that will help create a stylish space you can utilise throughout the season and beyond.


For lounging or alfresco entertaining 


Utilising outdoor spaces as an additional room and a true extension of your interiors is a big yes this season. 


For all those who favour the warmer weather for lounging and enjoying a relaxing moment in the sun, the key is to ensure your outdoor space has a big emphasis on the comfort factor. Not to compromise on practicality, furniture needs to be fit to last the british summer-time, stable through gusting winds and the occasional rain shower!



If you’d rather that extra ‘room’ be a space to entertain friends and family, combine form with functionality in your outdoor dining furniture. Different finishes have certain benefits, for example ceramic tabletops create a sophisticated look by imitating natural stone such as marble but are stain-proof which always helps for spillages! Wood is a more classic choice and with the right varnish protection can withstand the elements year-on-year.



Whatever you choose to do with that additional space, it is best to incorporate furniture, lighting and accessories that echo stylistic preferences through the home. This way the garden patio becomes an extension of your interiors, seamlessly adding an extra room albeit bathed in gloriously sunlight. 


Finishing touches can make all the difference – consider draping festoon lights, placing twinkling hurricane candle holders throughout and adding a scattering of comfy cushions and pouffes for makeshift floor seating space.




The return to nature is none more obvious than by looking at the uptake in searches for rewilding across Google, Pinterest and Instagram. Research has shown that four fifths of us want to be less formulaic with our gardens. Forget straight lines and harsh edges and scatter those seeds in swathes allowing nature to take over. 


There is nothing better than relaxing in a garden blooming with meadow-like floral blooms – sitting amongst the daisies, forget-me-nots and poppies.




2022 garden events 


For all the best places to visit to gather all the garden inspo ahead of the summer, outside of your own four garden walls:


  • National Flower Show: 20-22nd May