Winter is behind us, and we’re finally beginning to see the sunshine grace our gardens as daylight lingers long into the afternoon. Spring is moving into view – at last, we can start to get excited about our outdoor décor again. The warmer weather over the coming weeks and months will draw more people out into nature, which means now is the time to start prepping outdoor areas – whether you’re a homeowner or you offer al fresco dining at your hotel, bar or restaurant. When it comes to sprucing your garden up, choosing the right colour scheme is the key to achieving a dazzling effect. Here are a few of the most on-trend colours for 2018… Tropical beach shades We’re not all lucky enough to have the shore on our doorsteps, but with a smart choice of colour scheme, you can bring the beach vibe to your home or business. Select deep, rich hues for cushions and sofas to instil a sense of tropical beach-like tranquillity, dotting lush green plants in the background for maximum effect. Splashes of bright yellow also work a dream for an upbeat, laidback, beachy scene. Visionary Ultra Violet We live in a time that’s becoming increasingly imaginative and inventive, which has prompted Pantone to announce the enigmatic Ultra Violet as the colour of the year for 2018. You can expect to see this deep purple plastered across interiors throughout the year, but it works brilliantly outdoors too – especially for furniture covers and landscaping themes. Beaming purple light from above can also infuse surroundings with a calm, thoughtful, zen-like atmosphere, inspiring reflectiveness and discussion. Back to basics The retro European exterior will remain a firm favourite for 2018 – from wicker chairs and rich greenery to brown patio accents and dashes of light grey. Simplicity works so well for balcony areas, temporarily taking people out of the technological age and creating a stripped-back, stress-free ambiance. Going alfresco Outdoor dining is all the rage in Britain when the sun finally peeks from behind the clouds, and an alfresco-style setup can inject a whole other kind of European-like vibe. Bright white linens, flowery cushions, plant pots, candles and mood lighting will all be in vogue whenever the weather starts to warm up again – and we’ll see people embarking on a mad dash to these alfresco arenas soon enough. They’ve been sorely missed after a teeth-chattering winter. Alongside calculated splashes of colour, a parasol is the perfect addition to any outdoor area, be it a business premises or residential home. Instashade have premium umbrellas available for every type of exterior, and our gallery ought to provide some inspiration for outdoor decoration. Get in touch with our team today if you have any questions and they’d be delighted to help. We’re available on 01925 859960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.