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Styling tips for your outdoor spaces

Sue McCoubrey from Block & Chisel shares her top styling tips for your summer outdoor spaces

By Amy Saunders  | November 12, 2021 | Trends

When deciding on how to style your outdoor spaces, it’s important to start by looking at what you have to work with.

Do you have a covered or uncovered patio? A small or large or oddly shaped space? A lush or bare space in need of some greening?

If you’re planning to have summer parties, decide how many people you want to host and what your signature decor style is. Once you’ve got a clear idea of the canvas you want to paint, you can start getting creative.

1. Choose the right materials

It is important to consider the materials and how they respond to their environment when selecting furniture for your outdoor spaces. Some materials change with exposure to the elements, which might be a quality that you like.

Others might not be suitable for uncovered outdoor spaces at all. Here is what you need to consider:

For your covered patio, natural rattan or cane outdoor furniture is always a smart choice that, incidentally, is highly fashionable this summer. For your seating options, choose weatherproof sofas that are sturdy and preferably feature sun-proof fabric.

If you’re looking for a solid surface to display drinks, snacks and candlelight on top of, the strikingly minimalist Block & Chisel Kesa concrete console comes in various sizes and will do well as a permanent fixture in the garden. If possible, consider adding a statement piece by the pool that you can dress up with towels and cocktails.

2. Play with colour and texture

Curate a beautiful scene by adding various colours and textures to your outdoor space. Add plump scatter cushions, rugs and textured hanging lamps.

3. Turn your patio into a lush conservatory

Create a feast of flora for the eye by adding an abundance of water-wise and lush faux (or real) foliage to your patio. Curate a beautiful scene with a collection of pots in various shapes, colours, glazes and sizes, filled with an array of greenery. Don’t be afraid to indulge in a variety of plants in different sizes.