Just saying ‘al fresco’ conjures images of informal gatherings and leisurely meals enjoyed outdoors, but it’s all about the setting and with the May Bank Holiday weekend upon us, now is the time to start planning for the summer.
A dull space furnished with wobbly, uncomfortable furniture won’t encourage family and guests to linger, so it’s important to create a special ‘outdoor room’ where you can socialise and eat in style.
There’s no excuse for a poor patio these days as the design and quality of outdoor furniture improves year on year, with an ever more versatile range including day beds and coffee tables as well as traditional dining sets and weather-resistant loungers.
We’ve sourced the essential ingredients available from the high street and online so you can choose your garden kit, and then sit back and wait for the sun!
Sail away style
A home by the shore may be out of reach but a crisp blue and white theme will quickly conjure a care-free, coastal style.
A chunky sofa and armchair in pale wood with plump sky blue cushions and a matching coffee table with built-in storage space could be irresistible.
A tight budget may mean you can’t indulge in a holiday in a hot spot but you could replicate the atmosphere outside your back door. Rattan furniture, with its woven appearance and rich dark shades, is evocative of verandas and sultry settings.
Celebrate the beauty of natural materials such as wood and stone for a patio scheme which will complement and blend with its outdoor surroundings.
Sleek, contemporary outdoor furniture transforms a patio into a sophisticated sanctuary. Less-is-more must be the guiding rule with this look. Make a focal point with a day bed.