How to create your perfect outdoor living space

16th July 2018

I think we would all agree that Spring was a complete washout this year, however we will all remember how glorious the summer has been so far. With the long hot days stretching out in front us, it is unsurprising to hear that Houzz Landscaping Trends Survey found that more homeowners are relaxing, eating and entertaining in their outdoor space than ever before.

Outdoor living is fast becoming an extension of the home with homeowners aspiring to bring the décor and design of their home interiors to their garden.

Barbecues, pizza ovens, chimeneas and sofas are fast becoming a regular feature on many people’s patios, creating a desire for beautiful paving, and with so many paving options available, the garden of your dreams is only a few decisions away.

Natural, Buff and Golden paving slabs are the perfect choice for rustic, country inspired gardens, These colours compliment wooden features, such as arbous, pergolas and garden furniture, beautifully and when  teamed with fairy lights you can create an atmosphere so cosy, you won’t want to go back inside – even when the sun has set.

TOP TIP: Choose weathered paving slabs for a lived-in look.

If rustic isn’t your cup of tea, you can create a contemporary design by combining darker coloured paving, such as Charcoal, Graphite and Grey, with white and black garden furniture. Add the finishing touches to your outdoor living space by throwing some bright pink, orange or green cushions on your sofa and popping some brightly coloured candles on your table.

As well as looking fantastic, paving needs to be practical. If you love lighter coloured paving stones we recommend applying a paving sealer to prevent spilled wine and dollops of ketchup from staining your beautiful paving.

It’s also important that the paving is installed using the correct bedding and jointing materials. It’s hard work putting paving down and you really don’t want to have to do it all over again next summer! A rapid set flowable grout will not only make light work of the project but choosing this type of grout also means you can enjoy the fruits of your labour sooner rather than later!

So whether you go for a kitchen garden or ultra-modern design, if you make sure your paving is installed correctly the first time round, you will be able to enjoy your perfect outdoor living space for years to come.

Need some more inspiration? Take a look at our Pinterest Board for more outdoor living ideas.

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