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Creating relaxing outdoor spaces

13 August 2018

Creating relaxing outdoor spaces


Photographs courtesy of LOFA members,Ketler and La Hacienda

Gardens, courtyards, terraces andbalconies can be transformed into entertaining spaces that range from the simple to the sophisticated.  Whether relaxing in the warm sunshine, or getting cozy as the sun goes down, comfortable garden furniture is key. Add cushions in the latest seasonal colours to bring your existing furniture up-to-date or invest in a statement piece to create a focal point. Rattan and other textured furniture is particularly good at contributing visual interest. This also applies to cushions, pillows, blankets and throws.

Fire pits and bowls provide amazing heat and a permanent year-round feature that is ideal for cooking or just relaxing around. A wealth of outdoor cooking options including gas and charcoal barbecues and pizza ovens means there's no need to retreat indoors when hunger strikes, and are just as suited to chilly winter days as long summer evenings.

Helping to keep the elements at bay and creating privacy, sheltered outdoor areas like pergolas, gazebos and simple garden rooms are a fantastic way of providing protection from both hot sun and cooler breezes. Traditional parasols and contemporary sail shades can add a splash of colour to your setting while creating instant shade.

Candles and lanterns are a must-have for evenings, helping to replace the light and warm glow of the daytime sun and adding a touch of romance but it is also worth investing in outdoor lighting as it pays lasting dividends. Positioned carefully, lights create highlights and turn trees and shrubs into sculptural focal points.

Before buying anything for the garden or an outdoor space, make sure you It will tell you everything you need to know - where; who; what to look for; tips; buy from a LOFA member.

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With compliments:

Taylor Alden Ltd
247 The Broadway
London, SW19 1SD
Tel: 020 8543 3866