Alfresco Living

Wednesday 12 June 2013, Written by Sarah Cole Tags: Living Area

Being British, we have learned not to take sunny weather for granted. Anyone who has lived in or visited the UK during summertime can attest to the fact that at the first sniff of sunshine the barbecues come out, the beaches are packed and everyone is sunburnt.

With this in mind, now would be a good time to ensure that your outdoor space is summer-ready. As the days get longer we will all be spending more time outside, so what needs to be done?

First and foremost, you should ensure that your garden space is fit for purpose. If you frequently entertain family or friends and enjoy nothing more than flipping burgers on the barbecue and sipping a cold beverage, you will need a gorgeous patio area. Neutral stone has long been a staple of garden areas, but why not opt for a bolder, patterned tile to really make an impact in the space?

Explore Original Style’s Odyssey collection, where most of the tiles can be used in outdoor settings provided they are installed correctly. With many elaborate and bright patterns available, you can ensure your outdoor area shines even if the sun doesn’t. If you have a conservatory, using contemporary floral style tiles such as Seville will bring the outdoors in, all year round. Softer looks including geometric inspired patterns in shades of grey are available, as are countless design and colour combinations. You can always mix and match patterns in similar shades to provide a striking and on-trend patchwork effect.

Original Style’s Tileworks range is also suitable for external use and tiles are frost resistant, so you space will look beautiful throughout the year. Slate Chiara products are a great way of creating a neutral base, if you’re a keen gardener inject colour through potted plants to create a botanical haven.

For more ideas, head over to our Inspiration pages or browse more images on Pinterest.

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