sea­side-chic pa­tio

Bring the tran­quil­lity of the ocean to an out­door dining area with deep blues and marine mo­tifs

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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

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