Summer is a time for spending time in the great outdoors. Living in Britain means we don’t get many opportunities to embrace eating al fresco, but when we do, we do it right. Garden parties, barbeques and other outdoor celebrations adorn many gardens every summer as soon as the sun makes an appearance. However the winter months can leave out patio areas looking less like they’re ready for a feast, and more like they’re ready for a good clean.
Getting patios back to their best can be time-consuming and xxxx, however it doesn’t have to be. Follow our top five tips for creating a stylish outdoor eating area and transform your uninspiring patio into a Ramsay-worthy dining space.
Hide unappealing brickwork
Many of us with older houses suffer from unsightly brickwork, pipes and paintwork, which can be very expensive to fix the traditional way. Artificial living walls, trees and hedges are the ideal solution for hiding these unattractive features of our homes. Simple and easy to put up, they cover both small and large areas in an instant.
Light it up
Even though the nights are shorter, evenings in the garden can soon pass by. Adding mood-setting lights is the perfect way to lighten up tables, barbeques and seating areas, without adding harsh glare. Fairy lights make a great addition to any eating area, while stylish lanterns dotted around add to a relaxing or romantic atmosphere.
Cover hard to remove concrete
If back gardens have been covered in patio slabs or gravel for some time, the chances are, it will be particularly difficult and time-consuming to take up and replace. Plastic decking provides the ideal solution to masking this problem by allowing you to simply place the decking over the patio, bringing to life plain, concrete-laden gardens.
Invest in good-quality outdoor seating
The trick to taking the indoors, out, is creating a comfortable seating and eating area. With a vast range of sofas on the market designed for outdoor use, and stylish, comfortable dining tables ideal for long family meals, warm summer nights will feel cosy and relaxing both outdoors and indoors.
Add a splash of colour
Nothing signals ‘summer’ like colourful shrubbery. Real plants and flowers take time to bloom, meaning they often don’t come out for a couple of weeks. Artificial flowers on the other hand are colourful year-round, providing you with an instant garden pick me up.
The Outdoor Look stock a huge range of artificial plants, trees and hedges ideal for transforming any outdoor or indoor eating space in an instant. View our extensive range, and see how you could add some personality to your outdoor space.