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Creating a Mediterranean environment in a UK setting can be a big ask, particularly when it comes to the vast differences in climate.

 

However, that’s not to say it’s an impossible task. In fact, with a few strategic choices and deliberate additions, your back garden could easily become a dead ringer for a Spanish villa.

 

Here are a few simple changes that can truly transform your outdoor space into the Mediterranean garden you’ve always dreamed of.

 

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Go Green

One of the most effective ways to provide your garden with a genuine taste of the Med is to take a leaf out of their book…quite literally.

 

Incorporating plants and greenery that are native to Mediterranean countries can instantly give your faux-Med landscape and air of visual credibility.

 

The RHS website has a whole list of Mediterranean garden plants you can easily add to your outdoor space to create a truly authentic looking continental ambience.

 

Go Potty

Speaking of plants, strategic placement of plant pots in and around your garden is an effortless way to add a bona fide Mediterranean flavour to your outside space.

 

Terra cotta pots are a must-have for anyone looking to replicate the foreign vibe at home. Fill with your favourite Med flowers and vegetation for a subtle yet striking addition that really makes a difference.

 

Where possible, opt for Clay pots with a wide base where possible. While we can replicate the Mediterranean appeal, we have no bearing over the weather; wide-base pots will stand a better chance of survival in windy UK weather conditions.

 

Lighten Up

Light-coloured tiles are a fantastic flooring option for anyone looking to create a warming Mediterranean feel in their back garden.

 

Sunny creams and subtle yellows all have a distinctive overseas flair to them, particularly when the skies provide the climate to match.

 

If you’re really looking to invest in your Med-look garden, appropriate tiling is the ultimate ace up the sleeve.

 

Take Cover

Perhaps one of the best ways to create a truly authentic Mediterranean landscape in your outdoor space is to create an outdoor seating area.

 

Opting for a veranda can instantly transform your garden area, creating the feeling of stepping into another country every time you step out of your back door.

 

Accessorise with garden furniture and climbing plants that reach up the pillars of your veranda can truly cap off a wonderful Mediterranean setting in the most authentic way possible.

 

Imagine enjoying a morning coffee in the shaded comfort of your SunSpace as the summer sun beams down on your garden. Does it get any more continental than that?

 

 

Make your Mediterranean dreams a reality with SunSpaces today! Call now on 01727 845 788 or get in touch online using the button below.

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At SunSpaces, we know that every customer has different needs for their garden. So, we do our best to provide the perfect awning for every type of outdoor space. We offer a wide range of retractable garden awnings so you are guaranteed to find the ideal shelter to suit your outdoor space needs.

 

Our retractable awnings allow you to enjoy a perfect day in your garden. At a push of a button, you can enjoy the shade when you most need it or easily retract it to enjoy the sunshine.


Forget the awnings of yesteryear with manual pulleys for opening and closing, our advanced awnings incorporate features such as automatic sensors, outdoor heaters, LED lights and electronic remote controls. Therefore, your awning can be perfectly tailored to your taste and you can enjoy heat and lighting as and when you require it.

 

Compact Awnings

Our Compact awning is an entirely retractable awning that is controlled using an electronic remote. When not in use, you retract it quickly and quietly - perfect for every outdoor living space!

 

 

The awning frames are available in several different sizes with bespoke colours available upon request. They also incorporate integrated gutter systems and water outlets which prevents water from building up on rainy days. 

 

Our Compact Awnings are also wind resistant, so you can be sure they won't flutter or break even on the windiest days. Compact Awnings are made of durable materials and come with an incredible 5-year warranty.

 

Take a closer look at our Compact Awnings here:

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Lite Awnings

Our Lite Awnings have LED lights that can be dimmed during sunny days and adjusted to suit the mood when the sun goes down. You can create a customized look for your outdoor space by selecting the colour and pattern of the fabric, and the size that suits you.

 

 

Our Lite garden awnings are electronically retractable using a remote control or through an intelligent motor system that responds to weather changes. The motor can be controlled using an app installed on your phone, making this awning one of the most versatile that we offer!

 

To find out more about our Lite Awnings, click here:

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Elite Awnings

Our Elite Garden Awnings are available in a wide range of sizes and colours. They are wind resistant hence very durable. It comes with a 5-year guarantee thus gives you value for your money.

 

 

We have utilised the latest garden awning technology to ensure that our Elite Awnings are perfect for your outdoor space. They are made from a UV-resistant fabric that offers protection from direct sunlight. They're also available in a wide range of fabric colour and you can customise your awning by including a heater or lights. Therefore, depending on your specific needs, we can provide the Elite garden awning that will meet your specifications.

This deluxe option is sure to help you make the most of your patio or deck all year round. To find out more, click here:

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If you have any questions about the different kinds of Awnings that we have to offer, don't hesitate to contact us by calling 0800 085 8110 or send us an email at info@sunspaces.co.uk.

So you've decided to add a veranda to your property? Great choice! However, before we go any further, there's an important decision for you to make:
 

What Colour Veranda Should You Choose?

The colour of your garden veranda is a pretty crucial consideration, as it plays a huge part in determining the sort of impact that your new structure has on your property. If you're having trouble choosing the best colour for your veranda, perhaps we at SunSpaces can help...

 
 

Grey (Graphite/Aluminium)

This is an elegant yet modern option that's perfect for a variety of different gardens. We'd recommend this colour option to anyone who's after a striking, cutting-edge effect for their property. Our Graphite Grey verandas have a sleek, contemporary look, and they're best accompanied by similarly sleek and contemporary furnishings; if your tastes are a little more traditional, you may prefer...
 
 
 

Traffic White/Cream

 ...a light-coloured veranda instead! Our white and cream options are still exceptionally modern-looking, but these colours are better-suited to rustic/traditional surroundings than the slick Graphite Grey option. White/cream may be a good choice if there's not a lot of light in your garden - a beautiful white veranda could be just what your outdoor space needs to feel that little bit brighter on grey, gloomy days!
 
Of course, if neither of the above options appeals to you, our verandas are also available in a huge array of bespoke RAL colours - which will you choose?
 
Though it may seem far away during current UK weather conditions, Spring is just around the corner, which means that it's the perfect time to get your patio and garden rooms kitted out for the (hopefully) warmer seasons! Here are a few of our favourite items:

Riva Bench Set From AmbienteDirect

This modern and minimal bench set comes in both black and white, making it perfect for fans of monochromatic decor. It can also be used as both an indoor and outdoor dining solution, which means that it's particularly suitable for garden rooms, which marry the best of the two. If functional yet stylish family dining is what you're all about, then this is definitely the piece you should be investing in this spring.

Colourful Dining Chairs From Out and Out Original

These dining chair pairs will certainly inject some vibrancy into even the dullest and drab of gardens, breathing new life into a space that has just made it through the dreary winter. Mix and match the sets to create your own cool combination, either by pairing two brights together, or by combining them with the black chairs for a checkered design.


Timber Stools From Gas and Air Studios

If you love rustic, industrial design, then look no further than these beautiful handmade stools from Gas and Air. Made with timber and topped with natural slate, they would make a unique edition to any garden room or patio. Thanks to the distinctive colours and patterns in these materials, you can also be sure that no two pieces are the same, making your item truly one-of-a-kind.

Garden Tea Table From Odd Limited 

This quaint little table from Odd Limited is ideal for fans of vintage chic, making it the perfect serving companion to your traditional tea and cake. If the arrival of sun and daffodils makes you want to crack out the bunting and china, then these are the designers to be watching for your next garden update.

Curved Modular Sofa Set From Primrose 

Those who wish to stick to traditional wicker but add a modern twist should definitely check out some of the pieces available from Primrose, like this cosy curved sofa set. Not only does the round table fit in perfectly for all your casual dining and lounging needs, but you can also add in additional sofa sections if you need to, expanding and splitting the sofa according to the demands of your space and your number of guests.


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Our garden rooms are intended to offer a clear and unspoilt view of your outdoor space, allowing you to enjoy your surroundings all year round from the comfort of your home. Even if you're an experienced gardener who has managed to design an attractive and inviting space, there is always room for a few extra accessories to give it some added charm.

Here are some beautiful and unusual decorative outdoor items that we found online, to lend you some inspiration for improving your garden in the new year.

Temerity Jones Swan Planters

This set of three planters make a delightfully kitsch addition to your garden, reminding you of peaceful lakeside walks and picnics. The fact that they come in a trio also offers you a range of arrangement options, whether you wish to display them together or separately.

Buy from Lisa Angel 


Teapot Birds Nest

One of the best parts about observing your garden is seeing the variety of wildlife which comes and goes with the seasons. This means that it's always a good idea to introduce feeding and nesting solutions to your space, in order to encourage more bird and insect activity in your garden. This delightful teapot nest is an unusual take on the traditional wooden nesting box, offering a great solution for those looking to create the ideal 'English country garden'. 


Provence Plant Stand

This stunning, grey plant stand is perfect for those who are looking to inject a rustic French garden vibe into their space. The best part is that it can be used both outdoors and indoors, so it would look just as good inside your garden room as a pretty yet practical home for all your house plants.

Buy from Cox and Cox

Alert Hare Ornament

This metal-look hare is a clever and eye-catching way to introduce more natural elements to your garden, even if you're sadly not fortunate enough to receive many real garden visitors. Thanks to the weather and frost resistant properties of the material, your ornament is also sure to retain it's visual impact year after year.


Ground Rainbow Bubbles 

These whimsical garden accessories will make you feel as if you've stepped into the fairytale garden of your childhood dreams! Producing an enchanting 'bubble' effect, these colourful orbs are perfect for adding a hint of wonder to pathways and water features.

Buy from Home 2 Garden


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