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Need inspo for putting together a stunning terrace?Need inspo for putting together a stunning terrace?

Need inspo for putting together a stunning terrace?

A space that often hosts precious moments on warm, summery days, we're here to share the secrets to creating an enchanting terrace. To make the most of sunny days whilst keeping up with aesthetics and functionality, a terrace's layout needs to be designed to connect indoor spaces with the rest of the garden.
Open up to the garden with our layout tips: The terrace is the new place to be!

Furnishing your terrace
Styling tips

A stunning terrace isn't just made by a breathtaking view. It's the result of garden styling, with spaces defined by their functionality and clear ambiance. Here's a few design secrets on how you can create a functional terrace that doesn't lack in aesthetics!

Dining spot:
Pure moments of sharing

Regardless of the number of guests you usually host, it's best to have a terrace space measuring at least 3 metres in width so that you can add a table, with plenty of space to move around it and pull chairs out.

Ideally, you want this spot to be as close to the kitchen as possible, to reduce coming and going between the terrace and kitchen!

Why not opt for an extending garden table, mixing and matching colours and materials to create a unique look, full of character?

We love this look from Vitra with in&out icons, combining beige, green and black to create a natural yet sophisticated look that is super on-trend right now.

Eames chair, Vitra

Styling tips :

Gather some flowers from the garden and showcase them in a stunning vase.

When the temperatures rise, a modern pergola and/or a standalone parasol will be the perfect additions, ensuring you and your guests stay comfortable.

As dusk falls, create the perfect, deliciously cosy ambiance around the table with outdoor lighting, like string lights, lanterns, candles and candle holders, which will add a wonderful dose of elegance to make sure guests can see comfortably.

Fromme lounge, Petite Friture

Al fresco brunching selection

Solarium spot:
Vitamin D therapy

If the terrace's spaces allows for it, creating a solarium spot means you can reproduce the feeling of being on holiday at home.

Sun loungers generally measure between 2 and 2.10 metres in length, so you'll need at least 2.50 metres, leaving enough space to get around them.

Account for 75cm per lounger, or 2 metres of space in width, so that you can install two, along with a side table.

That pivotal, finishing detail? Opt for a matching side table and two slightly off-set loungers to create the perfect holiday vibes.

Don't quite have enough room? Deckchairs and hammocks are a great way to quickly create a chill-out corner, ready to be brought together as soon as the sun makes an appearance.

Presented sun lounger : Synthesis Sun lounger, Unopiu

Styling tips :

Amongst our latest, new-in pieces, wood is the must-have material for loungers. This warming material blends into the natural décor, with a natural effect creating a link between the house and the garden. Ecru sun lounger pads or sumptuously stuffed cushions enhance this relaxation spot, giving it an aura of luxury. Love, love, love.

Rock'n roll structure and Original Pouf, Fatboy

Our sun-bathing must-haves

Garden lounges:
Chill out for the foreseeable

Fans of comfort are going to love these terrace spaces: Summer lounges are popping up in gardens all over our social media feeds, and are a great way to prolong (in true comfort) the hours spent in good company, in good weather.

We love the modularity offered by sets such as Paletti by Fatboy, or the Level by Houe garden collection.

Perfect the experience by accompanying it with a brazier or heater so the post-sunset cooling temperatures don't put an end to the good times.

So, which materials are best when it comes to durability?
Some garden lounges can stay outdoors all year-round: In wood or woven resin, they can withstand the changing weather conditions. Other materials are best stored in the garage for winter, or textiles can be put into specialist storage solutions.
Opt for lightweight materials to make transportation easier.

Level Summer Lounge, Houe

Styling tips :

To define spaces, add greenery to spots out of the way of circulation: A gorgeous wisteria or a vine running over the pergola create undeniable charm and frame the view.

Create a sense of surprise by framing your garden lounge inside a set space: Surrounded by stones and at the foot of the rest of the terrace, boxed in by wood or appended to a wall, this relaxation corner naturally stands out and attracts the eye, creating a desire and need to spend time there.

Bellevie Summer Lounge, Fermob

Your summer lounge

Small terraces vs. large terraces

For a large terrace, over 20m2

Define spaces in line with the rooms of your house offering access to the, through pots and planters. The key aim here is connecting the spaces to one another, whilst ensuring they retain their function and easy access.

Tip 1 : Organise functional areas into islands, outlined by outdoor rugs or different flooring solutions.
Tip 2 : Make each area individual with colours/materials/styles.

Pevero Collection, Unopiù

For a space-savvy urban terrace

In the city environment, a simple or rooftop terrace adds a wonderful, extra, intimate space for your home, like a little getaway from day-to-day stress with views over the city. It needs to be perfectly functional, bordered with greenery and preserving the intimacy of the little cocoon it creates.

Tip 1 : Opt for dark or colourful furniture, avoiding dust and pollution being too visible on it.
Tip 2 : Maximum functionality: Round tables create movement around the terrace and give structure to the space, whilst also being relatively compact.

Ronda Collection, Emu

Terraces and balconies

5 inspiration terraces

They have us daydreaming, how about you? Here are 5 garden furnishing options which enhance terraces and are giving us inspo for this summer.

A retro terrace
We're head-over-heels for the vintage charm of this fringing!
Tropique Collection - Gubi

A Scandi terrace
Refreshingly different, this ultra-modern set gets a big "YES" from us.
Balcony Collection – Hay

A luxury terrace
Perfect curves, nested between the pool and the ocean view
Swing sun lounger - Unopiu

A Provençal terrace
A terrace styled around stone, bursting with Provence charm
Alizée sun lounger - Fermob

Stunning terrace decorations
It's all in the accessories

To give soul to your terrace, you need to give it as much credit as the living room. A confident style, rooted in nature whilst incorporating subtle touches of modernity

David 2S Straight sofa, Vincent Sheppard

Terraces and balconies

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