As we continue to adjust to time spent at home, it’s a good opportunity to organise your outside space. It could be a welcome distraction too. From small balconies in urban spaces to courtyards and country gardens, we have a number of easy ways to accessorise and decorate an alfresco area and help create somewhere calm and beautiful.
Styling Small Spaces
In these challenging times any access to the outside is a welcome one. No matter how small your space, it can be magical. Style a cosy nook with compact and stylish furniture, dress with lanterns and planters. Make use of space with vertical planting structures and cover up dull walls with splashes of colour and greenery. To set a calming backdrop don’t be afraid to change the colour of an outside wall too. A new tone can help transport you to Tuscany or Greece in an instant.
Alfresco Dining Ideas to Accommodate All the Family
If you’re dreaming of gatherings with friends and family once this is all over, then start planning your alfresco dining area now. Make a focal point with a striking table, for space use benches rather than individual chairs. We love our Oso Table and Bench, made from reclaimed teak with a soft weathered look that fits so effortlessly into a garden landscape. Go to town with table accessories, lanterns and planting. Zoning areas on a terrace or lawn is a great way to entertain. Style a space for drinks and relaxation that is set apart from your dining area.
Tactile, Relaxing Spaces for Lazy Afternoons Outside
Don’t forget one of the most important things, comfort. You want to make sure you can while away the time with a book or a glass of wine. Lay smaller scatter cushions over large oversized cushions for the ultimate in comfort and don’t be afraid to throw a rug outside. It will add a finishing touch and make a truly relaxing area. To keep you warm as the evening draws in, cuddle up under luxuriously soft throws and if you’ve got the space, light a firepit and watch the embers burn long into the night.
Set the Scene with Outdoor Lighting
Lighting is so important in setting an atmosphere, from beautifully crafted brass outdoor lights to the simple additions of lanterns and t-light, you can quickly bring warmth and light to a dark space, and make sure you get to prolong your time outside.
Add Greenery with Elegant Planters
Planters in a mix of sizes and shapes, can transform your balcony or terrace into a small, natural Eden. For a larger space, it’s the perfect way to screen off sections and break up an outside area. When you’re planning your planting try and find space for nature, no matter how small, by choosing plants that attract butterflies, bees and birds. The sense of pleasure your outside space gives will be enhanced tenfold as you watch the delights of the natural world unfold.