There’s nothing quite like spending balmy evenings under the stars with friends and family, is there? Perhaps you have some outside space, but you’re not sure how to make the most of it?
Delectable design needn’t cost an arm and a leg, and we’ve found some fantastic examples of patio perfection to suit every pocket. So, whether you’re confident DIYer or a dedicated design delegator, here are some ideas to help you transform your open spot into a peaceful haven; primed for entertaining and relaxing alike.
This cosy balcony is brought to life with textures of wicker, wood, rattan, and wool. It might be tempting to go for minimal in compact spaces, but this rammed balcony is cosy, inviting, and primed for entertaining.
This corner of daybeds offers plenty of seating in this sumptuous, covered decking space. The over-sized coffee table infers generosity while the firepit adds wilderness to this civilised spot for celebrating.
This suite appears to hover in midair, introducing a little space-age chic into an otherwise uninspiring, paved patio. Downlighting underneath the seating enhances the effect at night, making evening soirées extra special.
This generous dining table is perfect for large gatherings, but it’s surely the fabulous Victorian floor-tiling that elevates this patio space into something quite spectacular.
This stunning teak suite has 70s chic down to a tee; bringing style, comfort, elegance, and sophistication to this stunning outdoor space. The cage pendants introduce elemental metals to this earthy affair.
Via Harper’s Bazaar
This super, slatted pergola provides protection from the sun’s rays, while the neutral tones and low, futon-style seating feels welcoming and relaxed. Perfect for chilled-out gatherings that stretch into the early hours.
This stunning saffron daybed brings a little eastern promise to this comforting outdoor lounge; perfect for chilling out on long, warm days. The wall lanterns add a little sparkle and atmospheric warmth as the dawn approaches, transforming the space into a night-time retreat.
Via Jessica Paster
Wood and bamboo bring a relaxed earthiness to outside spaces, and this communal seating area is primed for comfort and socialising. The lights and the covered pergola make this perfect for 24-hour party people.
This lovely, tiered patio demonstrates how a small garden can feel spacious and welcoming by landscaping height and dimension with curves and irregular angles.
This novel upcycled ladder brings fun and illumination where it really counts; a testament to the fact that you don’t need big budgets to introduce quirky features to your welcoming, outdoor spaces.
A stylish outdoor rug brings coziness to outdoor spaces. The neutral tones complement the sleeper sofas while the string lights and the lazy footstools make this a welcoming place to relax.
Bland seating is easily jazzed up with overhead and surrounding string lights. The outdoor rug makes this welcoming patio as cosy as any cottage living room.
This fabulous patio daybed penisula brings comfort and a little Boho sophistication to an otherwise bland corner. The striped mattress echoes the planks of the decking and the tongue and groove cladding of the surrounding walls.
This small decking space is charming and secluded, elevated by established climbers that hide ugly walls and ambient lighting for intimate gatherings.
This levitating daybed brings comfort and some welcome greenery in paved yardens; equally successful with real- or artificial grass. Great for social lounging.
Being on a budget shouldn’t be a barrier to beautifying your terrace. These upcycled palettes make a fabulous, low-cost corner sofa for big gatherings.
Need is often the mother of invention and this temporary breakfast bar folds up to create outdoor storage; demonstrating that limited space can still foster social gatherings.
A decked area can be intimate and cosy with a roof that offers seclusion if your outdoor space is overlooked. String lights and curtains elevate this outdoor party venue into a hospitable snug.
This tiny balcony has been transformed into something very special with some bamboo screening for privacy, a chunky rug for comfort, and some upcycled pallets for time shared with friends. A great use of a small space.
This stunning outdoor decking surrounds a summer house, making this a superb spot for all-weather parties. Inside when the weather is inclement and out on the decking for long, hot summer evenings.