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Create an outdoor living room using textiles and colour

This summer, use textiles to make your outside space (garden, terrace or balcony) feel as comfortable and inviting as your indoor space…

An outdoor living room with cushions and hanging plants.
An outdoor living room with cushions and hanging plants.

Create an outdoor living room Garden furniture, like the L-shaped wooden bench in Aysu’s courtyard, can feel less inviting when left bare. To soften, start by adding seat pads. You can pick them up in a variety of sizes to match what you have – chairs or benches – and they’re easy to re-cover with new fabric for a quick style update. Add layers of cushions, and instead of having untreated decking underfoot, put down a rug for true comfort. These cosy additions are worth the effort, and if the weather changes, easy to bring back inside. And the garden fence? Decorate it as you would a wall in your home. Aysu used hooks to hang a simple plate display on her fence.

Take life outside Aysu has a view of her back garden through windows in the kitchen area of her home, and as it gets warmer, finds herself drawn outside to relax and be creative. Macramé is her passion – a large project will usually involve using the loom in her workspace, but small pieces can be weaved outside.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by
Interior stylist: Carl Braganza
Photographer: Debi Treloar
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