Cool Urban Outdoor Living Spaces: Garden, Patio And Roof Terrace Inspiration

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These days, outdoor spaces are increasingly becoming extensions of our indoor spaces.One of the biggest outdoor trends is a seamless transition from your home to your patio, terrace or garden – with outdoor dining areas, outdoor kitchens and outdoor entertaining areas.

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Flooring merges seamlessly from inside out (for example with poured concrete floors or porcelain tiles), 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.

Find inspiring Crittall-style extensions.

Anchor furniture with outdoor rugs, frame sitting areas with weatherproof curtains, then adda cool living wall, some outdoor lighting,stylish hanging chairs, layered blankets and throw pillows for instant atmosphere.

See these luscious living wall ideas and our edit of the best hanging chairs.
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Built In Bench Seating

Built In Bench Seating

This terrace combines traditionalism and modernism, and was designed and created by Hay Joung Hwang. Featuring lush evergreens, meaning that the space is green all year round, the plants have been arranged in such a way as to appear wild and spontaneous.

Built In Bench Seating

Built In Bench Seating

This terrace combines traditionalism and modernism, and was designed and created by Hay Joung Hwang. Featuring lush evergreens, meaning that the space is green all year round, the plants have been arranged in such a way as to appear wild and spontaneous.

SPELL IT OUT

SPELL IT OUT

This courtyard is only a small space, but the tiled wall adds a fun atmosphere, plus the blackboard is fun for the kids and in the summer, the owners hang a hammock here. Get the look For a similar tiled blackboard wall, go to Freeman & Whitehouse.

Bright Colour

Bright Colour

A patio with a turquoise wall draws the eye out to the back and making the space appear larger. A pop of vibrant colour adds interest even in the middle of winter.

Swing Chair

Potted plants, a compact seating area and a swing hanging from a beam make the most of the urban outdoor space.

Low Maintenance

Low Maintenance

Low maintenance potted grasses cocoon this roof terrace, giving privacy and a pop of colour. Get the look: The bench was brought back from Bali. Try Liberty for a similar garden bench.

Dining Space

Dining Space

The retractable roof – which opens on to the terrace outside the bedroom above – allows guests to dine alfresco when the weather allows. The mirrored door gives the impression of stepping into a secret garden. Get the look: Dining table, Vitamin. Chairs, Cassina.

On The Roof

On The Roof

Modern furniture and a simple olive tree keeps this London roof terrace looking chic and simple. Get the look:The outdoor furniture is from John Lewis & Partners.

urban oasis

urban oasis

Three years ago, this place was a dilapidated industrial unit in a pre-war building in Manhattan’s Garment District, but it had a vast terrace and knock-your-socks-off views, so the owner immediately knew it could make an astonishing home. Get the look Find outdoor and balcony plants at Patchplants.com.

pretty flamingo

pretty flamingo

The slice of garden is cleverly designed in receding sections – decking, seating, hedge, lawn and a raised bed – which creates the illusion of depth, as if it fades into the distance. The white concrete retaining wall has been customised into a tropical bench. Get the look The bench is covered in Palma fabric by Michael Szell at Christopher Farr Cloth. The flamingos are from Graham and Green.

outdoor room

outdoor room

The new kitchen extension was complemented with a garden redesign by Barbara Samitier, turning a stretch of wrecked lawn into a sequence of serene spaces linked by paved paths. Get the look The garden was designed by Barbara Samitier, with tiles by Alhambra Tiles. The outdoor sofas are by Gloster Furniture. The lamp is by Anglepoise.

colour clash

colour clash

Throughout the house and garden, furniture adds standout colours and shapes. Get the look These are Tord Boontje’s O-Nest chairs for Moroso (foreground) and Sebastian Herkner’s Banjooli chairs, part of Moroso’s M’Afrique collection.

old and new

old and new

The back of the house is clad in sweet chestnut and a roof terrace is accessed from the first-floor study. In the garden weathered clay pavers were used that recall historic gardens, alongside more rigid, formal structures. Then, of course, to loosen things up a bit, there is always the swaying, fluidity of nature. Get the look The garden is by Helene De Witte. The kitchen design is by The Vawdrey House.

Winter Warmer

Winter Warmer

This gorgeous outdoor space has an open-air fireplace – great for toasting marshmallows – and a 5ft-deep cedarwood hot tub for when it gets chilly. Get the look: For natural stone cladding, see roccostone.co.uk.

Perfect Porch

Perfect Porch

This porch is perfect for lazy summer days. The exterior of this home is clad in naturally grey timbers and stone, so the house almost blends into the seascape. Get the look: For natural stone cladding, see roccostone.co.uk.

Courtyard Corner

Courtyard Corner

This courtyard is a morning suntrap. Get the look: For similar outdoor furniture, try Indian Ocean.

Terrace

Terrace

This first-floor terrace, with an ocean view, is a favourite spot.

London Terrace

London Terrace

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.

Outdoor Living

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.

Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle

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.

Kitchen Extension

Kitchen Extension

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.

Urban Oasis

Urban Oasis

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.

City Roof Garden

City Roof Garden

This New York roof garden has raised beds full of vegetables and extraordinary views out across Manhattan.

Charming Courtyard

Charming Courtyard

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.

Light Well

Light Well

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.

Home Turf

Home Turf

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.

City Hideout

City Hideout

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.

Rooftop View

Rooftop View

This roof-top garden boasts some great urban views. Get the look: The Peacock chair is from Dandy Apple Vintage on Etsy.

Living Wall

Living Wall

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.