Beat the heat – and cre­ate a brand new room

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Front Page -

In this sticky, un­re­lent­ing heatwave, your liv­ing room is of­ten the last place you want to be. Now is the time of year to make full use of your gar­den – and in­cor­po­rate it into your home as if it was sim­ply an­other re­cep­tion room.

Styling your gar­den as if it were an ex­ten­sion of the liv­ing room has be­come one of the big­gest dec­o­rat­ing trends. In­sta­gram is awash with peo­ple mov­ing rugs, lamps and soft fur­nish­ings out into the gar­den – bring­ing the in­doors out in the man­ner of an ex­trav­a­gant Ge­or­gian pic­nic. De­sign­ers have re­sponded by mak­ing ranges of gar­den fur­ni­ture that look like they might be more suited to a cosy lounge than a pa­tio.

“With space at such a pre­mium, the idea of be­ing able to ex­tend your liv­ing room to your out­side area is ge­nius,” says in­te­rior de­signer Sa­man­tha Ken­nell of SLK In­te­rior Dec­o­ra­tion. She finds that clever styling tricks, such as adding rugs to dif­fer­ent zones, can trans­form the way you en­ter­tain, dine and re­lax – all with­out the price tag of a costly ex­ten­sion.

Stu­art Robert­son, de­sign di­rec­tor of

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