Summer is definitely on the way, so now is the time to give your terrace some TLC to make sure it is ready for some serious action over the next few months.

Refreshing your outdoor space to make it work for everyone requires some careful consideration. It’s important to consider not only the aesthetics but also the purpose. For example, you may want to create a relaxing personal oasis where you can kick back with a good book, a fun child-friendly zone or a sophisticated entertainment and dining area, or maybe all of the above.

List your requirements

Originals Interiors has many years’ experience working closely with clients to create the perfect outdoor space, and the first step is always to make a list of your requirements. Once you have a clear idea of how you want it to work for you, it is possible to start putting together ideas for the desired look, feel and functionality.

Easy care furniture: form v function

Pantone, the go-to global authority on paint colours, has chosen Ultimate Grey and Illuminating Yellow as the must have palette for 2021. Other big name paint companies have followed suit, introducing calm and soothing shades, such as Dulex’s Brave Ground and Little Greene’s natural earth tones and bronze. Add to this a pop of teal, aqua, vintage blue or Passionate pink, and you have this most on-trend colour combination of this season.

Don’t forget about the floor!

Often an afterthought, but the flooring is equally important on a terrace as in your home. The addition of outdoor rugs can add colour and texture. Alternatively, varnished decking dials up the style, with different colour options available it’s possible to create cosy to cool… and everything in between.

Alaire is a collection of tailored rugs that are perfect for both indoors and outdoors, as they not only look effortlessly chic, they are also treated for UV protection and resistance to stains.

Top tips for choosing your outdoor furniture

  • Make a list of your requirements
  • Choose easy-care furniture
  • Regular maintenance and covers
  • Consider the flooring