Style Edit: Outdoor Living

Socializing outdoors has played an important role in recent times, creating new reasons to curate a beautiful, comfortable garden setting. At Jane Clayton, we love seeing how people style their homes including their outdoor spaces to create backdrops for socializing with family and friends, creating different zones for different activities and adapting them for the changing seasons.

Here are our tips for designing an outdoor living space:

Spaces for socializing

With the milder weather comes an opportunity to optimize your outdoor space for chatting and engaging with loved ones and neighbors. We tend to put a lot of thought into how we design our indoor living spaces to give plenty of space to spend time together in comfort, but less so when it comes to outdoors, but there are some really simple ways to carry that relaxing vibe into your garden.

Full-on comfort

For a comfortable setting, try layering outdoor rugs and using a combination of loungers, beanbags and floor pillows covered in outdoor fabrics to create a space where you can kick off your shoes and enjoy the summer weather with friends. Having blankets and throws to hand will mean that you don’t need to stop when the evening starts to draw in.

Creating coziness

Giving your space a purpose and a focal point will make you feel more at home, and the soft texture of a rug underfoot will allow you to kick your shoes off and relax. Creating a color or pattern theme to the space will make this outdoor area so stylish and comfortable that you could stay and chat for hours. Choose a statement piece like the Thorncliff rug by Brink & Campman, and arrange loungers, benches and chairs to create an intimate, restful environment.

Alfresco dining

Creating a beautiful area for dining is a great way to make eating outdoors feel magical. Pairing different types of outdoor fabrics, tablecloths and throws for cold shoulders will allow you to experiment with color and pattern in a way that you might shy away from in your interiors.

Patio chic

Not all outdoor spaces have a lawn or turfed area, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be dull. Capture the essence of spring in your patio dining space with fresh greens or see how you can incorporate florals and botancials with Morris outdoor fabric collection.

Compact haven

Even in smaller city gardens and courtyards, it’s still possible to design a space that works whether you’re relaxing or hosting. Clever use of outdoor mirrors and festoon lighting will create the illusion of more space, and will add a calming ambience. You could also create a seating area that doubles up for dining and relaxing – simply add more outdoor pillows when your meal is finished. If you’re lucky enough to have a suntrap garden, create shade for the hottest part of the day by using long swathes of pale cloth to make a canvas.

Outdoor relaxing area

On the right day, there’s no better feeling than relaxing outdoors with a book or a companion, but it can sometimes be tricky to create truly peaceful, cozy spaces out in the open.

Under cover

One way to add comfort and protection from the elements is to build a pergola or covered space, which gives a fabulous structure for hanging fabrics and string lights. Draping elegant, weather resistant fabrics like those from Christopher Farr Cloth's Outdoor Performance collection to create a partition, will give you a little more peace and privacy when others are talking or the kids are playing. You can also create comfort by adding abundant scatter pillows and an outdoor rug to reduce echo and create a welcoming feel.

Outdoor oasis

If you enjoy the open space, life and movement offered by the great outdoors, why not amplify that using potted plants and plenty of greenery in your surroundings? You could even add botanical prints from Christopher Farr Cloth's Outdoor Performance collection, or introduce a water element with cool blues.

By the pool

Speaking of water, if you’re lucky enough to have access to a vacation home or somewhere with a pool, there’s a unique calmness to sitting waterside. It’s important to ensure that any rugs or fabrics that you use in these areas are water-resistant, but there’s such a huge array of options that this shouldn’t mean needing to compromise on style. You could add a tropical flavor with vibrant tones, or take inspiration from Mexican design with classic Acapulco-style string chairs and soft furnishings in bright, mixed geometrics.

There are so many ways to build an outdoor space that is entirely unique to your home and your style – let us help you achieve it.

Once you’ve created your outdoor space, we’d love to see it, tag @jclaytonandco and use #janeclaytonoutdoors on Instagram.


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