Summer’s on the way and revamping the patio’s a priority if you want to take full advantage of sunny days and sultry nights.
There’s a superb choice of furniture and accessories which could transform even a drab, tiny space – with prices that won’t raise your temperature by turning the bank balance red.
Create some patio party razzmatazz with glow-in-the-dark furniture and vibrantly coloured gnomes, or be more demure with decorative wired pieces or classic rattan furniture.
And for outdoor decor divas there’s the ultra-fashionable ‘outdoor room’ look with swinging cocoon seats, coffee tables and canopied loungers.
“Over the years we’ve seen a move away from functional, utilitarian garden furniture as customers demand a lot more from their outside space,” says Nicola Gidlow, outdoor living buyer for John Lewis.
“People want a recognisable style, rather than random pieces, and a space which is tailored to their lifestyle and matches their interior taste.
“Also, what’s emerging strongly this season is a trend for creating settings which conjure a holiday, exotic atmosphere that probably reflects a trend to ‘staycation’.”
Rob Fairhurst, managing director at Outdoor Chic, says patios are fast becoming the new ‘play areas’ for adults.
“There’s a strong trend for kitchen/family rooms opening out on to a terrace or garden so the area’s highly visible from the home, and that means people require the setting to have the ‘wow’ factor and be a focal point.
“Let’s face it, secretly most people want to turn the neighbours green with envy with a sophisticated ‘outdoor’ room which is as comfortable as a lounge and enhances their property.”
If you’re wavering between wood and wire, or wrestling over rattan and wicker, make it simple by checking out perfect patio looks.