Use these outdoor room ideas to instil an alfresco vibe in your garden. Give your garden or patio an easy update and create a sexy summer sanctuary for both entertaining and relaxing. Transform an ordinary outdoor space into a room that adds value your home year-round.
The outdoor room also offers you a chance to showcase your individuality. Add a barbecue, patio heater and some lighting, and you can enjoy your outdoor room long after the sun has set. A pergola, summerhouse or protected patio or deck with screens, fences and year-round foliage will make any outdoor space much more enticing.
If you’re a horticulturist at heart, why not look into creating your own gardening hideaway? Simply team pretty and practical furniture and with an array of planters for a rustic retreat that you can call your own. Alternatively, get set for the summer party season with a fun-filled entertainment zone. Set up a makeshift dining area with weatherproof seating, melamine cultery, plates and cups and heaps of fresh foliage.
Take your porch and patio to the next level with these smart and stylish ideas on how to create the perfect outdoor room.
Outdoor room with plastic furniture
Modern polyethylene patio furniture is a far cry from traditional plastic sets. These look chic, are gorgeously touchable, and are extremely durable. Avoid the spaceship look by working them alongside warm-wood decking and fencing.
Homemade fabric canopies or gazebos provide both privacy and a romantic, boho feel. Use your boundary wall to anchor large pieces of semi-sheer material, then drape them over long poles in parasol bases or a washing line, or simply peg to handy branches.
Give a garden or patio an elegant mood by creating a living room feel. Choose a sofa-style bench covered in deep cushions, and accessorise with a coffee table and blankets for when the sun goes down.
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Connect your garden seamlessly to your house with simple reflections. Here, the white tiles in the extension follow through to the garden, creating a cohesive whole.
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Wyevale Garden Centres
Colour is a great way to showcase your personality. Use it to create a mood in your outdoor room. Introduce one strong, decorative element into a simple scheme. A splash of bold colour, added through mosaics or sculptures, will give your garden personality.
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Create a formal dining area for summer gatherings. Site it in a shady spot - or build a trellis above for trailing greenery - to keep guests cool. A sleek, built-in bench like this can double as storage in the winter months. Foods cooked on a barbecue and shared around a table in the sun is a great way to bring friends and family together. Even better if accompanied by your own freshly picked herbs and salad leaves.
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One of the easiest ways to update a roof terrace is to add lots of colour. Painting furniture in bright shades and adding accessories such as cushions and lanterns will make an immediate difference.
Dont be afraid of introducing sparkle - a fabulous light will give a dining or seating area a touch of glamour. Add a few decorative accessories, such as tableware in different shades, to tie the look together.
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