It’s easier than you might think to transform an outdoor area – whether it’s a roof terrace, compact courtyard or sweeping lawn. The main things to consider are how to create different zones and incorporate textiles and accessories. You’ll also need to find furniture that looks as good inside as out.

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Taste of paradise

A carpet with a short pile is ideal for a home-office environment, as chairs with wheels can move over it easily, and it provides better support for heavy furniture and equipment.

 

How to set a scene:

  • Make Moroccan-inspired seating in a snug alcove by cutting foam to size and covering with weatherproof fabric. Add co-ordinating footstools and cushions.
  • Using masonry paint, fill in a tile-effect stencil (try The Stencil Library) along a wall. Finish with curtains and lanterns.

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Styling tip

Position sofas and a coffee table in an L shape to define a living space – adding a rug will also help achieve this.

 

Personal retreat

Everyone wants a quiet place to escape to after a long day. A cocoon-like chair is an ideal spot to curl up with a book, so position one on a balcony or terrace. Complete the look with a string of festoon lights, hurricane lamps and vertical planters fi lled with lush greenery.

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Laid-back style

Screen off a lounging area using wood cladding and add a canopy for shade and privacy. Cushions and throws provide a touch of cosiness.

 

Flower Power

Add fresh gerberas and daisy-shaped wall plaques to finish this scheme.

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