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How To Create The Perfect Alfresco Living Area

How To Create The Perfect Alfresco Living Area

From comfy corner seating and ambient lighting to bold tile flooring and outdoor kitchens, here are five steps you should take to create the perfect alfresco living area.

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Create a comfortable seating area 

Creating comfortable seating is the cornerstone to any alfresco living area. You should opt for furniture which not only looks inviting but feels sumptuous as well. Incorporate a mix of seating options, from corner designs, like the Cayman Rectangular Modular Corner Sofa Set in Aluminium to chairs and dining sets. Setting the scene with plush furniture will encourage friends and family to join you in the great outdoors, which is of course great for our mental health. As we all know, the weather in the UK can be unpredictable, so you should ensure any outdoor furniture is waterproof and of high quality. 

Choose suitable flooring 

Choosing the correct flooring is crucial for creating a functional and visually appealing alfresco space. You should consider the durability of your exterior flooring, with Tile of Spain offering a wide variety of tiles made from porcelain (a specific type of ceramic). Porcelain tiles are weather-resistant and available in a plethora of different textures, styles and sizes, making them well-suited to a wide range of outdoor environments.

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Enhance the ambience with clever lighting 

No alfresco living area would be complete without a healthy dose of ambient lighting. Thoughtfully chosen lighting will instantly elevate the space, whilst providing functional benefits too. Try exploring wall and pathway lighting for safety reasons, whilst fairy lights and lanterns will help to create ambience and add depth to your design scheme.

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Incorporate an outdoor kitchen

As outdoor living spaces continue to grow in popularity, designers and homeowners are making more considered exterior design choices – in particular when it comes to outdoor kitchens. No longer satisfied with a modest barbeque, homeowners are looking to go the extra mile and impress guests with the ‘wow’ factor, so why not try incorporating natural surfaces to your outdoor space? The benefits they offer are vast, for example, the collections from Lundhs Real Stone are able to withstand anything from unpredictable weather to extreme heat, making them a particularly suitable option for outdoor use and BBQ surrounds. 

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Personalise with décor

Don’t forget to add the finishing touches! To create a warm and inviting atmosphere, ensure that you personalise your space with lots of cushions, rugs, plants and other decorative bits. This will help to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for your friends and family. Just make sure that any fabrics you use are weather-resistant and simple to clean.

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