Outdoor Styling Ideas for Summer

19 May 2022

It’s nearly summer! Which means it’s time to start planning your outdoor style. A stylish patio can make all the difference – from plants to ornamental additions, to colourful furniture and lighting, Mila Maven has some top tips for outdoor styling.

Styling outdoor furniture

The furniture you choose is primarily determined by how you want to use your outside space. A larger table and plenty of chairs is required for larger and lengthier gatherings, but if your preferred sort of alfresco pastime is cuddling up with a book, a comfy outdoor sofa or two is probably a better choice.


Soft furnishings and decor items can provide a splash of colour and some summer fun to your outdoor area. Use outdoor cushions on your sofa, hang fairy lights, add individuality with statement pots and plants, and if you’re feeling brave, paint your fence or decking for a completely fresh seasonal look. Choose bold summer colours such as those featured on our Velvet Scallop Print Cushions, available in gorgeous sunset orange, sky blue and a more neutral grey and yellow.

Add lighting for ambience

Fairy lights or string lights are the simplest way to add ambience and a party atmosphere to your patio. Connect various strands together for a dramatic mood around the garden, or use one single string to create a warm glow to your garden area.

The key to having a well-lit outdoor patio is to aim the light exactly where it is needed. When it comes to mood lighting, overhead lighting is a good choice, whether it’s outdoor pendants or string lights. A solid, sturdy string of lights positioned across a dining or entertaining area gives a soft, comforting light and an atmosphere reminiscent of a French bistro or an Italian square.

If your outdoor space is under cover, a Mila Maven luxury scented candle is the perfect centrepiece for your table. Not only do they add a touch of opulence to your patio, they make your space look cosy and smell absolutely divine! Choose from Rock Rose & Pink Pepper and Oud & Jasmine for the ultimate relaxation experience in the comfort of your own garden. 

Save space with a hanging chair

Many outdoor areas are short of floor space, but that shouldn’t prevent you from designing a charming patio space. To save ground space, use a hanging chair as your seating feature. Then, to offer colour and interest, position a variety of pots around your hanging chair to create a haven of greenery and pretty plants!

For a relaxing atmosphere, overlay soft colour palette items with natural wood. With organic accessories, you may create a year-round beach mood. Over the hanging chair, scatter a couple of pillows and a warm throw. 

Wrap yourself up in a 100% Wool Throw whilst gently swinging in your hanging chair on a warm summer night. Available in grey, black and brown, our neutral throws are the ideal addition to a cosy patio space. 

Get ready for the summer season with Mila Maven

Feeling inspired by these outdoor styling ideas? There are so many style and decor options available that you can easily inject your personality into your home. For unique and colourful summer styles, shop the capsule collection at Mila Maven, where you can find plenty of options for your outdoor styling needs.