Outdoor living – 10 of the best

As winter turns into spring and spring into summer, it’s time to take your decor outside. Transform your patio, porch or garden into a beautiful outdoor room with our smart and stylish decorating tips.

Whether you are looking to create a welcoming space to entertain friends, or just a little haven where you can relax and unwind, our experts can help you to achieve an outside living area that you will enjoy for summers to come.

If you don’t have much time or space, you can still create an inviting outdoor area with a few fun accessories. If the garden doesn’t have the scope for a bold summerhouse design or even a table and chairs, then renovating your old shed is a great way to create a usable garden room. Or, make a temporary area with camp beds, a few armchairs and a canopy that friends and family can enjoy for a garden party or a weekend stay.

If you are decorating a new summerhouse, porch or patio, we have lots of ideas for pretty garden furniture, table settings and storage to help you make the most of your outdoor space.

Complement your interiors and the area you live in with a well-thought out scheme. If you live by the sea, a coastal table setting (ideally where you can dine with a sea view) will be both striking and fitting. A pretty country cottage will benefit from a shabby chic or retro outdoor design and a modern city home will be enhanced by paired back, muted furniture.

Garden swing seat with canopy

On a sunny day we can’t imagine anywhere we’d rather be than in this peaceful garden, sipping a cool drink underneath this sky-blue canopy. Bliss.

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John Lewis

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