As a result of the last year and a half of on-and-off lockdowns and socialising restrictions, the nation has developed a newfound appreciation of our outside spaces. And it’s not just those with sprawling country lawns, we’ve been celebrating the small outside spaces that are often the trade-off with urban living, with city-dwellers transforming concrete yards into lively gardens, and modest balconies into luscious green havens. It’s why our Paraflex wall-mounted parasols are so popular. By easily attaching to a wall or beam, instead of taking up valuable ground space with a traditional pole and base unit, Paraflex wall-mounted parasols are your nifty space-saving shade solution. We’ll explain exactly how to use and install them, but first we’ve also rounded up some other innovative top tips to help you maximise your outside space. Let’s take a look… 1. Set up different outside zones Creating different zones gives the illusion of a much grander space. You could set up a couple of loungers for a relaxing sunbathing area, a barbecue and food preparation table for outdoor cooking, or a fold-down table and chairs underneath a Paraflex umbrella to give you a chic alfresco dining area. Flooring is also an effective way of zoning an outdoor space, so you could divide the floor space into areas of paving, grass and decking. If you can’t do this, you could try outdoor rugs, living walls or screens to help you create different ‘rooms’ to make your mini-garden feel bigger. 2. Embrace layering with garden pots A long lawn might stretch out in front of you, but if you don’t have the space on the ground—you can always go up! Adding layers and levels is a clever way to create the illusion of more space, so get creative with your garden pots and greenery. Lean wooden ladders against a wall and layer it with plant pots of flowers and herbs, use a trellis to allow plants to grow up and along the wall, and use hanging plants to add further levels. Playing with dimensions, levels and layers makes a space feel bigger, more abundant, and also more private. 3. Add a feature mirror We know, we know—it’s an absolute classic of an optical illusion. But it remains ever-popular because it really works. Large garden mirrors are now easy to come by on the back of the trend to maximise outside space. And not only do they reflect light to make a space feel bigger and brighter, but they add great depth and colour, too. A brick wall or fence can suck up the light, but a mirror can reflect all your beautiful plants and flowers back at you, making the space look green and plentiful. 4. Go Paraflex with your parasol Whether you want some shade over your sun loungers, your outdoor dining table, or another outside area, a Paralex wall-mounted parasol is the ultimate space-saver for a small outside space. Unlike your typical parasol, a Paraflex wall-mounted parasol does exactly what it says—the bracket easily attaches to a wall, a beam, or the side of a building, and the umbrella simply clips on, saving you ground space where you’d ordinarily need the parasol post and base unit. Here’s the Paraflex parasol lowdown… Parasol wall-mounted parasol fact sheet: · It easily attaches to a wall, beam, or building. · The standard arm extends up to 200cm. · The arms fold flat against the wall when you’re not using it. · The umbrella easily clips on—which can also be removed just as easily. · And the umbrella offers 306° of cover, spanning at least 2.7m—usually giving up to 4.7m2 of shade quality. · Paraflex wall-mounted parasols are made with premium-grade Olefin Fabric. · The canopy cuts out up to 97% of UB light (SPf40). · And the canopy’s fully washable, too—it even comes with a two-year warranty against fade and breakdown. · And finally, the Paraflex wall-mounted parasol comes in six swanky colours—grey, natural, pepper, slate, smoked tweed, and turquoise—so you can choose the perfect shade for your outside space.