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Outdoor Living Room Tips

Every year, when spring and summer start to shine, we all start talking about how to bring the outdoors in. The thought is that alfresco living puts a spring in our step, with it being a breath of fresh air after the dreary winter months. Usually, we look to bring the outdoors in, so why don’t we take the indoors out?
The living room is generally the space everybody thinks of when you want to relax somewhere comfy. It’s the place you retire to, the place where you curl up. So, why not double up your living room space? One for inside, and the other in your outdoor space when the weather is nice?

We’ve put together some guidance tips for you:

  1. Create specific zones
    Think about splitting your garden up into smaller sections, this gives each part of your garden its own purpose. Focusing on a small space for an outdoor living area makes it much easier to match the new space to your interior style. In your home, you tend to have a general interior design with each room creating its subtle adaptation of that interior style to make it different rather than one continuous, boring canvas. Picture your outdoor living area the same as this and keep it within the style of your interior with the same types of furniture and colour schemes, but with a more durable influence.
  2. Make it an actual room
    A Motorised Pergola or glass room style structure is the perfect way to create an outdoor living space. The flexible all-weather capabilities allow you to get more out of your outdoor space and this is especially important when you are investing in outdoor living space as you need the most bang for your buck! A brilliant feature is that you can leave your outdoor furniture where it is, no need to take the cushions off as all bioclimatic and retractable pergolas are waterproof to a high degree. We would still recommend you don’t put your best indoor sofa out there in a storm, but it is perfect for outdoor furniture and to create a year-round outdoor space.
  3. Lighting up the Sky
    An effective, well thought lighting arrangement is completely underestimated. The days of a single floodlight illuminating your garden like a 5 a side football pitch is thankfully gone. Now the focus is on more ambient, soft lighting to provide the base lighting source. Using uplighting at the base of planters, trees and walls give you a soft background lighting source and a physical texture to your lighting. Also, use light to draw your attention to your outdoor living area by using pathways/walkways with embedded solar or LED lights as a light path to your area. Importantly – don’t overdo it as it could become the third runway at Heathrow!
  4. Don’t forget the little bits
    The effect that cushions, blankets and rugs have on a garden space is something we often forget about. It is like a room with no skirting boards – it just doesn’t feel right! Interior cushions and blankets are far nicer than ones designed for the outdoors. There isn’t anything to say you can’t take some from your living room outside with you, just remember to take them back inside after! Alternatively, if you don’t want to be stripping the rugs and cushions out of your favourite sitting room you can always buy a few more, maybe the other colour of cushions you had trouble choosing between when furnishing that room?

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