12 ways to bring your outdoor space to life

01 February 2016

As the weather grows warmer, why not explore opportunities for making more of your balcony, garden or verandah? From lighting, plants and textiles through to comfy seating, we pick some of our favourite ideas from homes we’ve visited.

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CREATE AN URBAN JUNGLE

Go big on a city balcony by layering plants and pots of different sizes at different levels, hanging lanterns for soft lighting and adding natural elements like stones and pebbles. Choose broad-leafed and fern-like plants to get a lush look.

Take your indoor plants out on the balcony to give them a breath of fresh air Take your indoor plants out on the balcony to give them a breath of fresh air Take your indoor plants out on the balcony to give them a breath of fresh air Take your indoor plants out on the balcony to give them a breath of fresh air Take your indoor plants out on the balcony to give them a breath of fresh air Take your indoor plants out on the balcony to give them a breath of fresh air Take your indoor plants out on the balcony to give them a breath of fresh air Take your indoor plants out on the balcony to give them a breath of fresh air Take your indoor plants out on the balcony to give them a breath of fresh air Take your indoor plants out on the balcony to give them a breath of fresh air Take your indoor plants out on the balcony to give them a breath of fresh air Take your indoor plants out on the balcony to give them a breath of fresh air

CRATE UP YOUR SHRUBS

Wooden crates make a versatile addition. Take advantage of sunnier days by giving indoor plants a spell outdoors, or make a portable mini herb garden.

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MAKE YOUR OWN PLANT NURSERY

If you’re a keen gardener, nurture young seedlings by protecting them from the elements and pests under glass, ready for planting out once they’re strong.

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GROW HIGH AND LOW

Don’t let a small space stop you from creating your own version of the great outdoors – look to walls, ceilings and even floors for ways to fill it with green.

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GET SET TO EAT OUT

Transform your outside space into an outdoor dining and entertaining area with tables, chairs, lighting and textiles. Curtains will create a dreamy atmosphere, as well as frame the view, screen for privacy and protect from wind, harsh sunlight and heat.

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MAKE YOUR OWN DECORATIONS

Painted paper lampshades make the perfect summer ‘bunting’ – hang them at different levels to create a relaxed and summery feel.

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BE CREATIVE WITH TEXTILE SCRAPS

Add colour to a bare space in an instant and disguise an ugly railing by hanging scraps of vibrant textiles in different patterns.

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SERVE UP INVITING DETAILS

Make space for daily rituals like a morning coffee or evening drink outside with a small table or stool and tray – easy to bring from indoors and clear away after.

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‘I try to stay outside as long as the sun shines and longer. I love the cosiness of our bench area and the privacy and cover we get from the screen’

Hester, blogger, Kent

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TAKE INDOOR COSINESS OUTSIDE

Treat your outdoor space just as you would your indoors, with layered textiles, comfy seating and candles – great for cooler days or evenings.

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SOFTEN CITY SURROUNDINGS

Make a city setting more cosy by adding relaxing seating and rugs – choose bright colours for a sunny look or more neutral shades for a soothing effect.

Add the warmth of natural wood to a balcony with floor tile decking Add the warmth of natural wood to a balcony with floor tile decking Add the warmth of natural wood to a balcony with floor tile decking Add the warmth of natural wood to a balcony with floor tile decking Add the warmth of natural wood to a balcony with floor tile decking Add the warmth of natural wood to a balcony with floor tile decking Add the warmth of natural wood to a balcony with floor tile decking Add the warmth of natural wood to a balcony with floor tile decking Add the warmth of natural wood to a balcony with floor tile decking Add the warmth of natural wood to a balcony with floor tile decking Add the warmth of natural wood to a balcony with floor tile decking Add the warmth of natural wood to a balcony with floor tile decking

REVAMP YOUR FLOORING

Add the warmth of natural wood to a balcony or garden with floor tile decking, extending the feel of indoors to the outside. Good enough for bare feet!