From pretty pergolas to bright bunting, give your outdoor space a lift with these top ideas
1. Dress up your dining table
A chic outdoor dining scheme needn’t be complicated – simply choose a statement colour and layer up the table with different hues. A sage-green tablecloth is refreshed with a simple white runner, whilst glassware in various shapes and sizes adds an informal, eclectic feel.
For similar glassware, try the raised design, from 99p for a tumbler, Zara Home
2. Lighten up with a lantern display
Perfect for weddings or romantic evenings outdoors, adorning a tree with lanterns instantly adds atmosphere. Choose a sparse patch to keep flames away from leaves, then arrange mismatched lanterns in an imperfect formation.
For similar lanterns, try a selection, Rockett St George
3. Create a bright, boho feel
Whether it’s a children’s birthday party or a fun family picnic, a few strings of bunting is a brilliantly easy way to add some cheer to your outdoor dining scheme. Tip: pop them on a cool wash after the season is over, then fold them away for an easy-to-stow option that’s reusable year after year.
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For similar bunting, try the Truly Scrumptious, £8.50, Talking Tables range, John Lewis
4. Get cosy in a cushion corner
You might not have a riad to spare, but a patio corner or balcony will work just as well. Take inspiration from patterned tiles, and stock up on cushions in matching colours but contrasting prints for a relaxed look.
For a similar zigzag cushion, try the Chevy in Pearl/Linen, £65, Tori Murphy
5. Install your own little home from home
Available as medium pods for one, big pods for two, or little ones for kids, these hanging hives are perfect for, well, just hanging around. Fill with cushions and blankets for a cosy retreat.
For a similar pod, try a selection, Cacoon
6. Reinvent a disused space
Transform a rustic old pergola into a garden nook with a wooden sofa and side table. Take inspiration from your surroundings and choose upholstery in a bright, floral print, then sit back and watch the roses bloom.
For a similar floral cushion, try the Francesca Orchid, £50, Laura Ashley
Be sure to check out our edit of family-friendly outdoor dining furniture, too!