Nature be praised! The time to start living outside is here. Whether you have a tiny balcony or a spacious garden, creating a comfy and stylish outside space will help you take full advantage of the warm weather. Whatever your taste or budget, there are alfresco versions of our living areas that rival their indoor equivalent from colourful tile design to minimalist dining nooks. So read on for 6 chic ideas to try in your own spaces and get ready to start pinning.
WARNING: fresh air and fresh style ahead.
Pure Hammock Vibes
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Channel those bohemian vacation vibes! All you need is a hammock, vintage-style furniture and a few leafy plants. This casual style exudes the eclectic vibes of collected treasures, blending old, new and natural to create a unique and captivating outdoor space, a perfect lounge spot to relax in the sun. How's this for an outdoor urban living area to inspire a sublime state of nirvana?
Chic Elevated Seating
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Hang in there. Create the perfect space which merges beautifully with the natural environment as well as bringing a sense of nostalgia back to reality. To make an outdoor space feel as cosy as an indoor living room, introduce an outdoor centrepiece rug and elevated seating like a nature-inspired furniture porch swing. These tips will help to add depth and interest to modern outdoor spaces.
Here are our top 3 favourite rugs that would be suited to an outdoor space. In general, Kilim rugs are most suitable. They have no pile and can easily be shaken out.
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In need of updating your outdoor spaces? Concrete has been gaining in popularity recently, not only appealing to the eye but also delightfully low-maintenance, it’s the new go-to material which blends in effortlessly with the natural landscape. The simple appearance of concrete is perfect for keeping outdoor spaces more visually calm, allowing for the rest of your outdoor décor to pop. If you're in a city or your patio is small, use your vertical space to introduce greenery but maintain a sense of place with edgy, sleek furniture. Then hang some string lights to soften things up.
A Roaring Fire
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If you love the scenic view of nature, but the cosy feel of indoors, then an outdoor fireplace may be a long-awaited addition to your home. No matter what time of year it is, there’s something magical about gathering with friends and family around an open fire. A tranquil seating area around a statement fireplace is a unique and aesthetically pleasing way to blend your fire pit seamlessly into your outdoor spaces. Guests will want to linger outdoors on cool evenings, embodying the no-worries vibe.
Let’s make summer last all year long. An eye-catching tile on the patio can make all the difference. Choose a quirky pattern with bright colours and then use more neutral and timeless furniture that won't overwhelm the eye. Someday, I will tile everything my eye can see I swear.
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It’s important not to forget about another spot where we spend a lot of time (at least some of the year): our outside space. Embracing minimalism here is easy and effective. For a sleek, minimalist patio, whitewash your wood panelled deck and keep things tonal with a gravel garden instead of grass. If minimalism is more your style, then a stunning woodblock dining table and matching benches would be a beautiful solution for you.
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A sweet bench offers not only a decorative flare but also a nice little break, to sit back and relax, a place to hide with a book when you can steal 30 minutes for yourself! It’s our tiny urban gem. If you want your bench to be a little more comfy and cosy, it’s always a good idea to place a sheepskin on top!
We are absolutely in love with these simple but striking ideas. What are in your outdoor space dreams?