5 Ways to update outdoor areas

Use these great ideas to improve your outdoor living areas


Turn an unused corner of your garden into an entertaining space with practical built-in seating. A concrete-surfaced table can be used as a base for a fire – always a drawcard on cool evenings – and a surface for drinks. Design and architecture by Louise O Architects.


boma and seating

If your patio is furnished with mismatched furniture, give it a more unified look by slipcovering chairs, sofas and even coffee tables in a hardwearing, washable fabric.

white furniture on patio

If your kitchen adjoins your patio a serving hatch with stacking windows makes serving and clearing a breeze.


Double the size of your outdoor living space with a retractable awning as decorator Susan Hughes did here for her client.

blue and white patio

When you have a magnificent view of indigenous bush, how do you furnish your terrace so that it complements it? “Choose natural textures such as wicker and wood, and practical elements such as the concrete side table,” says Nicky Goldstone of Designs by Day.