As summer approaches we are beginning to plan our outdoor spaces to ensure we can make the most of the good weather! From outdoor living rooms to al fresco dining in a smaller patio area, we have teamed up with some of our favourite bloggers and stylists to bring you outdoor living ideas for every space! Read on and be inspired for your summer of style!
Rustic Outdoor Ideas
1. "One of my favourite things about summer is the light, sunny evenings. I love watching the sun go down, being able to sit outside and listen to the birds and then wrapping up in a blanket to watch the stars come out. I love simple and exotic fabrics that give a feeling of warmth - perfect for that summer evening feeling." Keri-Anne of Gingerlillytea
2. The silvery grey patina of pickled teak is perfect for creating a laid-back, rustic outdoor look. As well as looking super chic, this material ages beautifully meaning outdoor furnishings in this wood will last summer after summer!
3. "I love outdoor spaces which are beautifully simple and rustic. I'm drawn to spaces which I can imagine sitting with the kids to read outside, such as a bench filled with cushions - perfect to settle down on in the sunshine or to relax in the evening with a blanket or two, a glass of wine, a good book and the sunset. Heaven!" Vicky of Owl and Accordion
4. Combining different materials such as woven wicker and synthetic rattan with gorgeous reclaimed teak creates a wonderfully textural scheme that feels raw and organic. Try combining rattan chairs with a chunky teak table for an outdoor dining room idea that is both stylish and durable.
5. "One of my favourite things about the onset of the warmer weather is the chance to really enjoy being amongst nature and there’s no reason why you can’t create a natural setting when styling your garden for the summer. I like to keep the materials natural and earthy for example, a large stone fire pit with rattan furniture arranged around it. For pops of colour, add bean bags and floor cushions which make for easy and comfortable seating. A gentle palette of lavender and rose hues will keep things peaceful and relaxing and this year's Pantone colours are a great choice for the garden too. For an extra whimsical touch, garden bunting in vintage floral patterns and tea lights hung in jars will create the perfect finishing touches." Stacey of Stacey Corrin
6. Create a laid-back rustic vibe with stylish materials that are built to last. "We create products that are made to last, age well and accumulate stories. In our world, good stories and relationships are what matter most and we strive to design products that facilitate memorable meetings between people." Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm of Skagerak
7. Set up for a stylish summer with a rustic lounger on which to relax and soak up the sunshine! Look to wood finishes that work with the garden's plant-life to create harmony in your outdoor space.
Modern Outdoor Living Ideas
8. "White furniture and navy cushions create a relaxed South of France style in your outdoor space. The contrast of the colours builds a clean, unified look while striped throws and lanterns will make it more suitable for the colder evenings in the UK." Cate of Cate St Hill
10. "An outdoor space is literally an extension of the home's interior and has to be treated as such. It is a room that we spend many hours in during the warm months, to relax, gather and entertain. Choose the furniture carefully, keeping in mind how the space is going to be used on a daily basis; is it mostly for dining with friends or relaxing after work, or both? Do you need the furniture to be easy to put away during winter, how demanding is the maintenance of the materials?" Eleni of My Paradissi
11. "I love the Garden igloo I have always been a fan of organic design and this is a perfect little space for summer. This geodesic dome also looks very functional and spacious and would be great for a quick pop-up summer barbecue with friends or just to relax in on your own." Anna of Don't Cramp My Style
12. Mixed materiality can create a cool, contemporary feel. A blend of lightweight, contemporary aluminium and rustic teak creates a cool, modern outdoor look.
13. For a truly modern outdoor space, try working with a simple monochrome palette across upholstery and furniture. Add warmth to the scheme with natural wood finishes.
Urban Garden Ideas
14. Make the most of any outdoor space you have and create an urban garden oasis with cleverly chosen furnishings and plenty of plant life and greenery. Create a rooftop haven with a dining table and chairs at which you can enjoy evening suppers with friends and family.
15. Even if your urban garden is of modest size, you can still turn it into a gorgeous haven in which to relax. A statement armchair and a low table on, which to put drinks or snacks, creates the perfect spot to relax and unwind in the sun. Add a couple of lanterns for when the light starts to fade.
16. Boost your balcony with a stylish sun lounger and oversized plantlife. Fill large pots and planters with shrubs that will provide your urban space with a little more privacy as you soak up some rays!
17. With Urban gardens, space is usually at a premium, so choosing furnishings that can work hard for you and perform multiple tasks will make creating your dream outdoor space a breeze! The Gloster Bells Table is a firm Houseology favourite, serving as a table, stool and ice bucket plus the range of colours gives it a cool contemporary twist.
Outdoor Dining Room Ideas
18. "There is nothing I like better at the first hint of sun, than eating al fresco. A lovely table and bench set is perfect for that - there is plenty of room for friends and family to gather and join you for a long lazy lunch or evening meal outdoors." Emma of A Quiet Style
19. Outdoor dining is all about taking the time to relax and enjoy good food and good company. "For me, GreenGate products make my most cherished moments even more enjoyable; from family trips to the seaside or lazy afternoons surrounded by blooming summer flowers in the gardens, the collections are designed to bring joy to the everyday and set the scene for the most treasured memories you make. All of the products have a wonderful cosy feel about them and so I'd love to think that through our products, people can take some time out of their busy lives to stop and savour the moment a little longer." Mona Bjorn Christiansen of GreenGate
20. "The biggest pleasure of summer is being able to dine outside. Spending hours over a meal with friends in the warm air of light evenings can feel like heaven. To encourage as many outdoor meals as possible it is essential to have a proper outdoor dining set; large enough to be covered with delicious food and comfortable enough so that your guests want to linger late into the last sun of the day. I like to keep outdoor furniture simple and bright with lots of white to reflect the sun and this can also help to open up your outdoor area and make it feel bigger than it actually is. During the day, string up a white cotton sheet over the table for a bit of shade and texture and to help bring a Mediterranean vibe to your outdoor area." Katy of Apartment Apothecary
21. "Dining outside during our fleeting summers is one of life's pleasures. The sleek 'summer in the Hamptons' look is one of my favourites. Sophisticated weather resistant furniture, comfy cushions, a coordinating canvas parasol and smooth decking set the scene for sunny breakfasts, family lunches and grown-up dinner parties alike. When the sun goes down, add plenty of hurricane lamps and a few blankets to ward off the chills. What could be better than that?" Carole of Dear Designer
22. When creating an outdoor dining room, remember to play to the strengths of your outdoor space. If there is a beautiful view available, ensure your guests can make the most of it as they eat by positioning the table carefully.
23. "I like neutral colours in outdoor furniture. In summer, all the food and plants are colourful anyway, so I try to keep furnishings in a neutral palette. I also find things age better if they’re not the latest trendy colour - keep on-trend shades for outdoor accessories, like cushions, vases and table linen." Hege of Hege in France
24. Create a more intimate outdoor dining room scheme by placing the table under cover, for example on a veranda area or beneath a gazebo or pergola. This not only provides a little shelter should the weather turn but it also creates a cosier, enclosed feel that is perfect for adding ambience to your dinner parties.
25. "For me, summer is all about taking the indoors outdoors, eating al fresco and spending as much time as possible in the fresh air. Don’t be precious with your crockery or kitchenware; mix and match different styles and finishes for a casual, fun ‘anything goes’ feel. Look for rustic, natural, robust and handmade items where possible that will suit this purpose but also complement the garden setting. Wooden serving bowls create a lovely combination of textures, mixing colour and modernity with the honesty of real wood while braided hemp placemats are beautiful yet practical. Just add sunshine!" Kathryn of Kat Got the Cream
26. "We like to describe our style as “fresh, yet familiar”. We like contemporary designs but they are always in keeping with heritage and tradition, using materials such as aged teak and natural fabrics with design inspiration coming from classic shapes and patterns." Roberto Amrboso, Sales Director at Ethimo
27. The positioning of your outdoor dining space is very important, particularly if you have larger garden area with multiple options. As well as aspects such as view, sunlight at different times of the day and level ground, also consider the proximity of your table to the house. Positioning the table close to your kitchen will make dinner party serving much smoother and will ensure you can spend more time with your guests!
Outdoor Patio Ideas
28. Bring a Mediterranean freshness to your patio space with simple but stylish white furnishings. To ensure maximum sunlight, try painting patio walls white to bounce the light around the space and create the ultimate sun trap.
29. If your patio space is a little more modest, try adding a bar area rather than a full dining table. A taller, narrower surface with high bar stools is perfect for gathering around with friends and enjoying chilled drinks and laid-back European style. "I love France and have drawn inspiration from the South, the South West and the Alps. The rawness of an old farmhouse in Savoie is idyllic to me." Jon Holloway of Garden Trading
30. To nail Mediterranean outdoor style, simplicity is key. Look to sleek, elegant furnishings with stylish detailing and work with a neutral palette of browns, creams and earthy greens. Style up your patio table with statement ceramics and designer crockery.
31. "Make the most of your outdoor space, no matter the size, by adding foldaway furniture that you can bring indoors in the cooler months. Use the exterior walls to create a vertical garden to save on space then add bold textiles (which can be updated easily) to add personality and charm." Lisa of Mathilde Heart Manech
Outdoor Living Room Ideas
32. "Comfort is an element often missing in outdoor furniture and yet it is so important. We all want to relax, socialise and linger in the garden and this outdoor sofa invites us to do that. Wood finishes and neutral colours help pieces blend into the garden and look like they belong - it’s like bringing the inside outside!" Becky of A Beautiful Space
33. Keep your outdoor living room space well stocked so that you can make the most of your garden without having to head inside. A chiller of drinks is perfect when entertaining and the St Mawes Drinks Planter Coffee Table from Garden Trading is a stylish solution with its central area that can be stocked with bottles of your choice!
34. Ensure your outdoor living room is as comfortable as the living space in your home with plenty of plump cushions on armchairs and sofas and surfaces at convenient heights and distances from the seating. Side and coffee tables within arm's reach of seating are perfect for serving al fresco drinks and snacks on when entertaining through the summer.
35. "Layering is one of my favourite interior decorating tricks to create a space that's calm and welcoming, and this technique can be applied outdoors too. Think about mixing 'hard' elements like paving, gravel and decking with 'soft' elements such as woven furniture, plump cushions and sculptural planters, all layered against a backdrop of lush foliage. This minimalist garden style will harmonise perfectly with a contemporary interior and create an outdoor space that is a seamless extension of your home." Stylist, Bethan John of Decorators Notebook
36. To really bring our interior style outdoors and create a gorgeous outdoor living room look, incorporate interior accessories such as rugs, vases and ornaments into the space. Styling coffee tables with crockery and decorative elements and placing lanterns in strategic points, to create a cosy lighting scheme, will make the space feel inviting and intimate.
37. "Although we don’t always get wonderful weather here in the UK, al fresco dining is one of the best reasons to have a lovely patio area in the garden. I’m a huge lover of a more Scandinavian style in the home, clean lines and minimalist with pops of colour here and there and this look also works well outside." Lins of Boo and Maddie
38. Remember to consider how you will use your outdoor living room before you choose the furnishings. How many people are likely to be sitting here regularly? Is it a relaxed space for lounging or for more formal gatherings? Would you prefer to create one larger living room space or smaller clusters of seating for al fresco parties? Think carefully before you start making purchases, sketching out your plans can also be really useful when you're at the design stage.
Small Outdoor Space Ideas
39. "Cushions and throws are also wonderful for bringing some softness and cosiness to the outdoor space. Make a statement with bright, fun florals, black and white stripes and geometric prints, or go for a softer look with pretty textured linens." Stylist, Elkie Brown
40. "My idea of garden heaven is unstyled, I prefer spaces to be natural, rustic, relaxed and calm. The garden is where I escape to - no screens, no tech, just me, my family, the breeze and birdsong! I love large squishy floor cushions placed on colourful soft rugs and hammocks swinging under the dappled shade of an old oak tree. Above all I want to be comfortable, to lounge around and read books whilst sipping a glass of something chilled!" Ashley of Lazy Daisy Jones
41. Make the most of small spaces with a dining spot for two. A bistro table with folding chairs is perfect for even the littlest gardens and provide a gorgeous spot to enjoy morning coffee or late night suppers. Style up the space with a plant on the table and geometric print cushions for added comfort.
42. "I absolutely love the look of the Garden Trading Rive Droite Bistro Set of table and 4 chairs. It reminds me of happy summers spent in holiday in France, eating baguettes and cheese al fresco. That gorgeous cornflower blue colour goes so well with lavender and works equally well on the Côte d'Azur as it does in an English country garden!" Lottie of Oyster and Pearl
43. If your garden is a little smaller and won't allow for furnishings to be permanently set up, consider furnishings that will work both indoors and out. This gorgeous white dining set from Skagerak can work in conservatories and coastal-inspired interior schemes as well as outside making it perfect multitasker for smaller garden spaces.
44. For gardens that are too small to spend time in, we love furnishings that can be easily packed up and taken to the nearest summery spot! A couple of colourful deckchairs are perfect for a day at the beach - add a small foldaway table for a chic picnic setting.
45. "Integrate more unusual resting spots, such as swing seats and hammocks made of natural materials to complement and add a softer element to your ready-made outdoor environment. Try hanging your seat from a sturdy tree for instant shade and a whole summer of fun for the younger members of your family!" Becky of The Spirited Puddle Jumper
Outdoor Kitchen Ideas
46. "I really enjoy eating outside and an outdoor kitchen would encourage me all the more. Incorporate a kitchen space into a built in BBQ area in part of your garden for a great focal point for summer parties and gatherings." Susie of Old Fashioned Susie
47. Barbecued meals are a summer staple and a good quality barbecue or grill will be a worthwhile investment all season long! Adding a little storage to your barbecue area creates a fabulous outdoor kitchen feel and gives you a place to store essentials such as oil and herbs meaning cooking outside will be easier than ever!
Outdoor Fireplace Ideas
48. "Outdoor living is more than simply having a barbecue over the summer months, it's about extending the interior of our homes outside, meaning whatever we do indoors can be done outdoors too! A fire pit like one is the perfect centrepiece for my outdoor "living room." It's a great way of bringing the warmth of an indoor fireplace outdoors and creating a relaxing area to chat and socialise as the sun fades the evenings." Sian of Quite Frankly She Said
49. As the light starts to fade, a fire pit is perfect for keeping the party going! Use the fire pit as a focal point around which to arrange furnishings and light it up as dusk begins to fall and the temperatures start to plummet for a cosy glow and ambient light.
50. Although fire pits are primarily used in the evening, they are also stunning focal points during the day. Finishes such as industrial steel and rustic copper create stylish contrast with weathered wood decking and more contemporary upholstered outdoor furniture - perfect for this season's trend for mixed materiality.
51. As well as looking super stylish, fire pits are also wonderfully practical. On cooler evenings set up your fire pit and enjoy toasting marshmallows with the smallest members of the family!
52. "Firepits are becoming even more popular and help create a wonderful social atmosphere in the outdoor space. Whether you’re celebrating with family, or getting together with friends, keeping warm on a cool British summer evening is incredibly important and allows us to continue our gathering when many would have given up! Maybe it reminds us of the humble campfire and transports us back in time to innocence and freedom, or maybe we just love huddling around the cosy glow. Whatever the reason, the contemporary fire pit creates a striking focal point on any patio or terrace and is the perfect garden accessory for a sociable space." Jen of Love Chic Living
Romantic Outdoor Lighting Ideas
53. "It's not only furniture that can make your outdoor space a welcoming area, other basic design needs should be met here as well. Ambient lighting, like fairy lights, lanterns and hurricanes and textiles in the form of pillows, outdoor rugs and soft throws will add texture and colour as extra greenery and flowers in pretty planters channel an extra touch of cosiness and blurs the border between the indoors and outdoors." Eleni of My Paradissi
54. To create a romantic glow, try positioning your outdoor lighting at a low level rather than above head height. This will create a softer, ambient light rather than an overhead glare. Low level lighting is also perfect for marking paths or highlighting features such as trees and sculptures.
55. "When the sun has gone down and it's just you and your loved one dining al fresco, I love soft, diffused lighting that creates a vignette over a sophisticated dining table setting. A simple, neutral colour scheme is key as it lets the greenery from the garden set the scene - this is the perfect way to spend a summers evening!" Lucy Gough, stylist
56. Look to outdoor lighting with translucent finishes that filter the light for a gentle luminosity. Remember to consider the kind of bulb you use as well, warm white bulbs are a perfect alternative to bright white bulbs.
57. "In my last garden we had fairy lights strung along one wall and they were very pretty but they didn’t give out much light. This time (as we are still planning our garden) I would like to find some slightly bigger lights." Kate of Mad About the House We adore this wireless option for a portable outdoor lighting solution wherever you need it most!
Outdoor Pool Ideas
58. Make a stand-out poolside statement with an contemporary oversized hammock in a colour-pop hue. As well as being the ultimate spot to lie back and soak up the sunshine, a Fatboy Headdemock Hammock adds a playful element to your outdoor space that the Houseologists love!
59. Try incorporating cool coastal style at your poolside with raw, organic finishes. A seagrass or raffia parasol combined with classic deckchairs add a breezy, laid-back edge to your space that inspires you to relax and unwind. "We find lots of inspiration in nature, so it is important to us that we have lots of nature right outside the windows of our premises." Suzanne Sand of Lene Bjerre
60. For sleek, contemporary poolsides consider more modern materials for furnishings and accessories. These polythylene resin chaises are a stylish avant-garde alternative to classic wooden loungers and work harmoniously with a more minimalist aesthetic.
61. To really bring the holiday spirit to your own outdoor space, create a stylish al fresco living room at your pool edge. An L-shaped sofa is perfect for reclining on and creates a frame for the rest of your furnishings to work around so that the space feel intimate and structured.