Fireplaces are hot
Garden designer Charlotte Rowe predicts a trend for bigger, better outdoor fireplaces this year. ‘They warm up spaces year round and act as a focal point for an outdoor room,’ she says. If your budget will stretch, Bert & May’s Hot Box, £900, provides instant flames in an encaustic tile-clad cube.
Think big and bold rather than twee and twinkly. Anglepoise has re-engineered its classic lamp shape, ready for outdoor spaces. Get an electrician to add a metal pendant to a fitting with a suitable IP rating (IPX-4 for lights exposed to rain, IPX-5 for deck lights that are jet-cleaned).
Bamboo and raffia
Under a roofed area, a row of bamboo or natural-weave pendants creates a beach-shack vibe – fringing optional. Check out versions at Ikea, Dassie Artisan and Bloomingville at Bodie and Fou.
Glossy, tropical leaves
‘A taste for exotics has been piqued by garden experts around the globe blogging and Instagramming their work,’ says Gardenista contributor Kendra Wilson. Visit The Palm Centre (palmcentre.co.uk) for expert advice and varieties that can withstand the British climate, from banana trees to the Mexican Fan palm.