Outdoor Living Ideas 2021

We hope that this outdoor living ideas post will give you inspiration and ideas.

We’re all finding ourselves spending more time at home (especially post Coronavirus), so could there be a better time to transform your garden into an outdoor paradise? 

Regardless of what restrictions are in place, doesn’t it make sense to enjoy some great outdoor living in your own garden?

But the first question is – what does your outdoor space (garden, patio, terrace) look like now?

Then you can ask yourself – In what way can I transform it?

Outdoor Living Ideas – Patio areas

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In many homes a patio area is an extension of the back of your home and these areas can really become the perfect outdoor spaces to have celebratory feasts or for just spending lovely long summer evenings stargazing with a few beverages!

If you’re lucky enough to have a patio area that’s already looking great then maybe all you need to focus on are getting the best outdoor seating for those gastronomic feats, selecting a fire pit and perhaps (if there’s room) a summer house.

On the other hand, if your existing patio area is looking tired and worn, or simply shabby and in need of tender loving care you will need to transform,so make sure you check out this post on patio Ideas.

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If you’re really considering a full outdoor living space upgrade installing a Garden room or garden pod may open you up to a wealth of relaxing opportunities. 

 

Yes, the weather can ‘scupper’ the best of plans but there are modern and innovative solutions such as the fantastic Hypedome. This relatively inexpensive solution (in comparison to Garden rooms and high end Garden pods) means setting a good table and eating out is as easy as laying the table.

hypedome patio garden

Outdoor Living Ideas – Garden Furniture:

Once the surfacing is perfect it’s time to look at the finer details of dining, lighting and heating.

Outdoor Dining

Who doesn’t like to get to the end of the week and have that ‘friday feeling’? Most of us like to celebrate the end of the week and indulge in some fabulous food and even a favourite tipple.

However, in the ‘post covid’ era it’s almost as if ‘eating out’ has ceased completely. 

You can change this!

Why not recreate your favourite dining experience in your favourite outdoor living space? As mentioned earlier the weather can scupper the best of plans but there are solutions to this such as the fantastic Hypedome. This relatively inexpensive solution (in comparison to Garden rooms and high end Garden pods) means setting a good table and eating out is possible again.

Yes the repeating was intentional!

Choosing the right dining set will depend on the size of your family and once Covid era restrictions lift ‘entertaining’ be firmly back on many agendas. Whether it’s solid teak wood or simple rattan – be sure to look at our easy review page.

KETTLER Surf 6 Seat Multi-Position Reclining Chairs and Dining Table Set, Grey
KETTLER Surf 6 Seat Multi-Position Reclining Chairs and Dining Table Set, Grey
Monaco Timber Corner Dining Set

Milan Four Chair Bar Set
 

For outdoor dining set ideas click Here

Outdoor Heating

 

Summer may be some way off but should that stop you enjoying some quality outdoor time on your patio? Heating solutions range from very simple infrared solutions which are easy to install on any wall to elegant hanging pendant lights such as the Heatsail beem pendant light. It will be necessary to ask a qualified electrician to install but if it means longer periods can be spent outdoors – then well worth the investment.

 

If you don’t need or want electrical heating then a gas patio heater can provide ample heat and are relatively inexpensive.

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Heatsail Dome Freestanding Electric Patio Heater Floor Lamp in Black
Terra Hiker Outdoor Gas Patio Heater

Outdoor sofas and Day beds

 

Choosing a comfy sofa set up for an outdoor living area is dependent on the space available, your budget and the level of comfort you desire. Sofas range from durable Aluminum framed (providing strength and resistance to weathering) to Rattan sofas offering a comfortable alternative.

 

Just as important as the frame of any sofa is the material used. Olefin fabrics dry quickly and keep moisture away. The colour range is extensive and these cushions look superb and are comfortable even after a downpour – so pretty essential!

 

It’s no secret that many outdoor sofa sets don’t come cheap, but if it’s affordable chic you’re looking for, we’ve found it plus much more.

 

We’ve put together a selection of sofas and daybeds so be sure to take a look.

Sicilie Corner Sofa Unit (Left)
Maze Rattan Unity Double Sun Lounger
KETTLER Palma 8 Seater Garden Corner Set With Glass Top Table
Fiji Sun Seeker Sun Bed
Montana Apple Day Bed

Parasols

 

Sometimes it’s necessary to get on with some work or eat without blistering under the sun. Parasols have moved on a long way and whilst simple solutions are still available (and cheap) there are much more stylish options. 

 

In general 3 square metres is a good size and will provide you with the cover you need (from the sun or showers). Expect to pay around £400-£600 for a decent aluminum framed parasol and make sure a (very) suitable base is included if you don’t intend to permanently fix. 

 

 Blossom 2.5m Oriental Parasol
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KETTLER Palma 8 Seater Garden Corner Set With Glass Top Table
Royce Junior 2.5M SQ Cantilever Parasol
KETTLER Palma 8 Seater Garden Corner Set With Glass Top Table

Sunloungers

 

Maybe you’re looking for some feet-up-and-flop action? Who isn’t these days? You don’t have to own the pool (but it helps) and there’s something about laying back in a sunlounger that always reminds you of that favourite foreign holiday (remember those).

 

There’s stylish sun loungers galore from elegant neutral options like ……..to those more minimal but gratifying with a little cushioned indulgence. So, whether you have a small but perfectly-formed patio or a big garden, we’ve got you – and your outdoor space – covered (metophircal of little bum big bum!).

 Blossom 2.5m Oriental Parasol
 Blossom 2.5m Oriental Parasol
Maze Rattan Unity Double Sun Lounger
KETTLER Palma 8 Seater Garden Corner Set With Glass Top Table

Outdoor Living Ideas – the finer details

 

Pergolas

 

Pergolas offer a permanent fixture and unlike a parasol you won’t have to worry about extreme weather conditions and a pergola won’t lift off the ground! Some very stylish and elegant looks are available as well as detailed wooden carved gems. If you’re looking for a very practical and easy to install pergola then go for an aluminium or steel framed one.

 

 Blossom 2.5m Oriental Parasol
 Blossom 2.5m Oriental Parasol
 Blossom 2.5m Oriental Parasol

Bi fold doors

 

Whether you have a small urban space or a large rural expanse, choosing quality made Bi fold doors will help you to get the most from your outside area.  Clever and well thought out designs always help to maximise the functionality of any space.

 

 Blossom 2.5m Oriental Parasol

French doors

 

When it comes to improving looks new French doors can be a key feature.  Not only do they provide more light to the inside of your property, but they also open up your view to the outside world.  French doors look best with smaller openings and keep in mind they open outwards your garden/patio area.

 

Most French doors are made from UPVC but other materials such as aluminium and hardwood are also used so it’s just down to your preference.

KETTLER Palma 8 Seater Garden Corner Set With Glass Top Table

Decking 

Decking can provide an easier to install surface if you don’t need or want the more expensive option of re paving an outdoor area.

Whether you choose to take on a DIY decking project or get a professional installation, you will need to plan out your space carefully.

Make sure you meassure the area where the decking will be installed precisely before ordering your material.

You can opt for either timber decking or composite decking.

Timber Decking is made from slow-grown timber, and kiln-dried to make it less likely to split. When 

Composite Decking – is more hardwearing, and usually comes with a long guarantee. In comparison to timber there is no need to stain, seal or sand. This makes this type of decking a low maintenance option.

Maze Rattan Unity Double Sun Lounger

Landscaping

 

Landscaping the area immediately surrounding your outdoor living space will determine the finished look. Obviously, many plants take some time to establish themselves but remember longer term landscaping can be combined with some quick fixes that add colour and vibrancy to your space.

If low maintenance is important you can opt for potted plants and forget about planted areas.

You will find some excellent landscapers on our business directory.

Patios on Levels

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Bradstone Mode in Graphite Porcelain

Take things to another level!

By adding steps into raised patios you can achieve both aesthetic and practical benefits.

Creating levels requires a wide enough space to do so without compromising too much. Levels add character to an outdoor space.

Indian Sandstone

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Bradstone Natural Sandstone in Fossil Buff

Take things to another level!

By adding steps into raised patios you can achieve both aesthetic and practical benefits.

Creating levels requires a wide enough space to do so without compromising too much. Levels add character to an outdoor space.

Small Patio Ideas for 2021

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Even if your available space in your outdoor area is limited, there’s no reason you can’t have your dream outdoor space.

Utilising space is key and then giving sufficient attention to the finer details will enable you to set up a haven with the smallest of areas.

Remember – Just because space is limited doesn’t mean your creativity has to be!

Patio Ideas for 2021 – FAQs

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