Gardens of every size benefit from a patio space – a welcoming living space for metal outdoor furniture of every sort. Requiring little maintenance especially compared to the lawn, think of your patio as a blank stage set. It’s not just a bit of hard standing on which to plonk the outdoor table and chairs. It can be so much more, so here are some inspiring ideas of how to refresh your aluminium garden seating area.
Obviously the patio is first and foremost the spot for alfresco dining, but taking our erratic weather into consideration, you might want to invest in a more permanent solution than a garden parasol. Both inevitable showers and strong sunshine can be a problem. Solutions range from a simple homemade canopy of sheeting and purpose-built shade sails, to trellis and permanent gazebo structures.
If vintage floats your boat, look at metal framed garden furniture and add some stripey seat pads and pots of geraniums to capture the Mediterranean villa vibe. The Suffolk Rose range of ivory powder coated aluminium outdoor furniture is a charming way to pull this off. And don’t forget the bunting!
If you want a traditional look, partner aluminium benches with relaxed soft furnishings such as scatter cushions and rugs in a shabby chic style.
Consider when you are most likely to use the patio when coming up with a decorative theme. These are great ideas for families with young kids or those of us who are most likely to be outside for tea and cake.
However, if you are a party animal, and want to focus on life after dark, set the mood with floor cushions, a fire pit and lanterns.
If you are time-poor, you’ve probably already landscaped your outside space to be as maintenance free as possible. The minimalist look can work well on the patio too. Even a simple dining space, either paved, gravel or decking, will look chic if you go for chunky metal furniture complimented with sculptural ornaments. Soften the scheme with bold planters filled with plants with dramatic leaf colour and shape for a hassle-free look and give everything a bit of zip with some bright soft furnishings.