People have been spending their time in lockdown making the most beautiful gardens to relax in. Yet some people have gone above and beyond and made their backyards look as good as some Greek-style holiday villas.
From tropical-themed tiki bars to simplistic yet modern grey themed gardens, people have been inspired by all sorts to design their dream gardens during lockdown. Yet the latest trend of having a Greek-style garden has to be a serious contender thanks to its effortless yet stylish vibe.
Inspired by hotels and villas in Mykonos and Santorini, DIY enthusiasts have transformed their outside spaces into havens that are ideal for people to sit in and lap upon the sun.
With whitewashed walls, ocean blue accents and beach rattan textures, it’s a surprisingly simple theme to pull together.
Chris Ryan, from Wigan, was sad to see that his holiday to Greece wouldn’t be going through because of the pandemic. But instead of feeling sorry for himself, he decided to bring the holiday to his back garden instead.
Chris explained: “I started my garden because, like many others, I’ve been working from home and I wanted to feel I had another place to go.”
He described his original garden as “dull with no life other than the odd weed here and there”.
The makeover began with a garden table that Chris already owned, he topped it with some stunning blue tiles. He then began on the fence and used Cuprinol paint in a shade called Blue Iris. He commented that he was “very impressed” with the quality of paint.
To brighten up the garden and make it feel even bigger, he then painted the walls with white masonry paint.
Once all the main decorating was done, Chris finished it off with some accessories. He used some old ivy trellis, fairy lights from B&M, a garden rug priced at £6.99 from Lidl and rattan furniture. He found most of the furniture secondhand and just gave them a lick of paint to make them look as good as new.
Chris added: “A lot of the plants are artificial as I always forget to water them and I’ve protected them with waterproof spray.
“I’ve only been to Greece once but my dream is to go to Santorini, so until I can afford it I now have it in my back garden, minus the beach culture and ruins. With my Google Mini playing the sound of the sea, for a minute I was transported!”
Similarly, Carol Willis Pink, from Nottingham, also took inspiration from the Greek islands and decided to make a relaxation area in the corner of her garden – perfect to read a good book in or have a drink.
Carol said: “The future looked dull without our holiday to look forward to. The Greek island Zante is our favourite place that we look forward to visiting at the end of summer.”
In an attempt to cheer herself up, Carol decided to bring Zante to her back garden and decided to make use of a corner of her garden which was “dull and unused”.
Thanks to a tile-effect outdoor rug by Fab Hab on Amazon priced at £61 and some plush blue and white cushions, Carol has created a coastal and tranquil area.
To complete the look, she finished off with white masonry paint, blue paint from Aldi in the shade Forget Me Not and a window mirror from B&M for £20.
Carol said: “We sit, enjoy a cocktail and Zorba music on our Alexa. I look out of my kitchen window and smile at our special place in our garden, until we can be there [to Greece] again, once safe to travel.”
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