Beat the heat – and create a brand new room
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