Contemporary, Country or Tropical, regardless what your garden trend of choice is this summer, the one thing that they all have in common, is to create a fabulous living area outside. The kind of space that can almost be seen as a second living room. Ideal and easily done if you have doors opening up into the garden or onto the patio. Just add great outdoor lounge furniture and dress them up in the latest colours. But if you have a balcony or small living area this can also be achieved by choosing the right small pieces to suit your space. And even if you have no garden at all, pack a picnic as often as the weather allows and create your own special outdoor room with the added bonus of a different location every time.
Here are a few pretty pictures to inspire you with great pieces of furniture that allows you to buy into the summer dream.
A ROOM OUTSIDE. Create your own outdoor living room with stylish wooden furniture in a contemporary washed colour, complete with upholstered cushions. Dahlia armchair, £349, two seater sofa, £599, all Marks and Spencer.
CASUAL DINING. Mix and match your chairs, dinnerware, glasses and accessories for an informal and relaxed feel. House Outdoor Chair, £99, Vernet Reclaimed teak 8 Seater Table, £1500, Ermu Arc En Ciel Outdoor Chairs, £85, all John Lewis.
CALM AND ROMANTIC. Sun loungers under apple trees, need I say more? Corner off a forgotten corner in your garden with a mosquito net to create a private corner suitable for rest and relaxation. Applaro sun lounger, £95, Hallo sun lounger pad, £35, Lappon net, £30, all Ikea.
BALCONY BLISS. Make the most of small spaces by choosing the right pieces to suit. This cute bistro table and chair set is ideal, perfect for morning croissants and evening cocktails. Bistro set, £60, Wilko.
DINE IN STYLE. If melamine and acrylic dinnerware is not your thing, then go full out and dress your table with a pretty tablecloth, napkins, stemware and crockery, all in the latest blues and greens. Two-colour flute, £2.99, Tiles tableware from £7.99, Table cloth from £7.99, all Zara Home.
SURPRISE YOURSELF. Have fun with an unusual piece like this swing-seat. It’s impossible to resist and will create a great focal point in an otherwise dull corner or the garden. This will soon become your new hideaway. Brown hanging chair, £340, Debenhams.
STYLISH OUTDOOR LIVING. These weatherproof woven faux rattan pieces have been around a little while now, but it is clear to see why they are so desirable. With very little effort they create an instant outdoor room with a wow-factor to match. Provence set, £549, Wilko.
SET THE SCENE. We all aspire to have plenty picnics, go on, its much earlier than you think. All you need is a fully stocked hamper, picnic blanket, possibly a cushion and a great scenic spot you can change every week. Hamper, £48.50, Bottle holder, £15, all Marks and Spencer.
BLOW THE BUDGET. The ultimate in outdoor living has to be a custom build room perfect for entertaining. Make sure to install the right lighting to create a fabulous moody atmosphere in the evenings. Wall spotlights and free standing lanterns, all John Cullen Lighting.
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