Reboot your outdoor space with these fresh ideas.
These days, outdoor spaces are more and more becoming extensions of our indoor spaces. One of the biggest outdoor trends this year is a seamless transition from your home to your outdoor space – with outdoor dining areas, outdoor kitchens and outdoor entertaining areas. Flooring merges seamlessly from inside out (for example with poured concrete floors), Crittall-style rear extensions are more popular than ever, creating a floor-to-ceiling flow between the two spaces, and we’re all obsessed with cool outdoor gadgets and year-round, weatherproof yet stylish outdoor furniture.
Anchor furniture with outdoor rugs, frame sitting areas with weatherproof curtains, then add a cool living wall, some outdoor lighting, stylish hanging chairs, layered blankets and throw pillows for instant atmosphere.
The rear of this house was extended up and out. A big terrace now creates a seamless connection between inside and out. Tough, weatherproof furniture stays outside all year round.
Get the look: The furniture is from Danish company Cane-line. The terrace and steps are made from York Stone and were laid by English City Stone, which also installed the railings. The steel windows are from Clement Windows.
The outdoors is a significant part of the overall design, so this terrace acts as another expansive ‘room’. With a fire pit, barbecue and hot tub in the garden, relaxation is an enticing prospect.
Get the look: The decking was made from reclaimed scaffold boards. Find a similar chair at Notonthehighstreet.
From this garden there are green views as far as the eye can see. Concrete outdoor furniture gives it a modern look.
Get the look: The concrete table and stools were cast on site.
Beyond the sliding doors, a terrace area is abundant with flowers. The perfect antidote to London life. Builders reworked this steep garden, turning a long, rutted slope into a series of stepped levels. A total of 15 loads of soil were removed, which entailed plenty of mud and machinery.
This design marries country and urban styles – the private space is country-style, enveloped in wood, and the more public space is urban, with steel and glass and concrete flooring. The design features two rectangular boxes – one clad in wood for the bedrooms, and the other surrounded by steel-framed windows for the main living space. Both enjoy views of a salt-water pool.
Get the look: The outdoor shower is from Boffi. This is a heated sea-salt swimming pool with an automatic pool cover. These outdoor sofas were custom designs by P&T Interiors, created to match the indoor couches using Designers Guild fabric for outdoor use.Here, vintage French metal washing bins are used as flower troughs. The wood cladding is made with Brazilian teak. For the exterior flooring, poured concrete was used.
This New York roof garden has raised beds full of vegetables and extraordinary views out across Manhattan.
The balustrades on the balcony were inspired by the spiral staircase in the Paris apartment of renowned French interior designer Madeleine Castaing.
Get the look: These are Tom Vac outdoor chairs by Ron Arad for Vitra. The concrete table is embedded with pebbles and was created by British artist Rachel Schwalm.
A Victorian-style spiral staircase in the light well leads up to a garden.
Get the look: Premier Basements carried out the basement conversion The reclaimed floor tiles are from Bert & May.
This large terrace includes an unusual turf-themed seating zone which looks out on to the river and a listed Victorian lock.
Get the look: The grass furniture is by Artificial Landscapes at Notonthehighstreet. This is the Original 1227 floor lamp by Anglepoise. The coffee tables are from La Redoute. The ornamental pig is from Wyevale Garden Centres. The floor cushion is by The Forest & Co at Notonthehighstreet.
A 19th-century advertisement on a now listed wall provides a historic backdrop for this sheltered raised terrace. The challenge was to create a calm environment that doesn’t impinge on the presence of the wall. Simple, shady plants are kept to a minimum, so there’s space for all to roam.
Get the look: The garden was landscaped by Alexander Armstrong Garden Design. For an updated version of this outdoor chair, see the Ixtapa at CB2.
This roof-top garden boasts some great urban views.
Get the look: The Peacock chair is from Dandy Apple Vintage on Etsy.
This specially constructed roof terrace boasts a living wall of cascading foliage. It’s very much the grown-up area – for drinking a glass of wine and just hanging out.
Get the look: The Float sofa is by Francesco Rota for Paola Lenti at The Modern Garden Company. This is the Filo + Irony coffee table by Paola Navone for Gervasoni at Exterior-Interior. The Tio chair is by Massproductions at Twentytwentyone. These are Flaster tiles by Ivanka at Strata Tiles. The living wall was designed by Space+Matters with planting by The Girl who Gardens.