Bring the tranquillity of the ocean to an outdoor dining area with deep blues and marine motifs
Bring a relaxed marine theme to your outdoor dining area
1. Use ceramiclook tableware
this season has seen an explosion of faux-ceramic plates and bowls – just the thing for outdoor dining! swap your best china for melamine sets in shorethemed designs, and layer up bowls and plates for a sophisticated setting that saves on table space, too.
2. Layer a table with textures
choose an outdoor table with a rustic wooden top to evoke the feel of driftwood and team with mismatched chairs for an informal look. don’t disguise the natural look of your table – enhance it by using a folded throw as a laid-back runner.
3. Add the right lights
scatter tealights and lanterns around the table for after-dark ambience. pick nautical styles and light citrus scented candles that deter mozzies. Festoon lights strung overhead are a fun way to suggest a relaxed seaside feel.
4. Provide cosy blankets & throws
British summer weather is famously unpredictable, and the temperature can seriously drop after dark. keep throws and blankets handy by draping them over chairs – they’ll add colour and texture, and your guests will thank you!
Newquay vase, £25; blue crackle dinnerware, from £6; tumbler, £3; metal lantern, £25; seagrass placemats, £18 for four, all house of Fraser
Fisherman metal lantern, £65; white seagrass placemats, £18 for four; sardine melamine tableware, from £3; tumblers, £3 each; chopping board, £32; coastal dish, £10; padstow recycled glass vase, £30; shell candles, from £20 each; padstow hurricane vase, £35; Malo throw, £40, all house of Fraser