With the warning signs of spring on the way, it’s time to sweep away the hints of winter by devoting yourself to an activity that smells of barbecue and friends: patio landscaping. Each year we have to take out the furniture and give a fresh boost to our way of considering this room, which is an extension of the house and a separation chamber with the garden..
the terrace, the antechamber of the house
Let’s look first at how best to manage space. Small or large, the space available is the first constraint in a well-thought-out patio layout, as with that of the rest of the house. If you are thinking of creating a relaxation area, a dining area, a small garden and a barbecue area within the 8 square meters of your terrace, you should reconsider your ambitions downwards..
A terrace layout in the city
Here is our advice if you have little space: devote a small space to creating a relaxation area, with just a garden sofa or a few loungers, with plenty of cushions. With more space, then you can afford extendable tables and a set of chairs for outdoor dining. In both cases, the terrace must be well supplied with varied vegetation and have a cover in the event of bad weather..
creation of a small relaxation area
If you find yourself in the case of a restricted configuration, do not hesitate to flood the area with fabrics, veils, cushions, in short anything that can make the atmosphere more comfortable and cozy. One can imagine devoting an angle to the tea ceremony, with a small two-seater garden sofa, an ottoman and a small coffee table, sheltered by a mini-pergola or even better, by a veil of shade for its reduced footprint.
flood the place with fabrics, cushions and colors
To enjoy the days of good weather in spring and autumn, you can go there for an aperitif with friends. In the warmer months, replace the couch with two wooden lounge chairs and a small circular coffee table, and you’re ready to sip a cocktail while tanning..
sip your cocktail while sunbathing
When your patio is larger in size, your projects can expand in the same way. A beautiful long extendable table serves as well for a romantic breakfast as for an official dinner, with the set of comfortable garden chairs that accompany it or a small rattan sofa.
If the premises allow it, why not also use a portion of the terrace for the barbecue, or even a pizza oven for unique wood cooking? If you are in doubt, create two zones, the first containing a small relaxation area, ideal for having a drink, and the second will be the place provided with everything you need for a meal with your guests.
a barbecue area and open fire
To protect your terrace, plan two covers: one for the rain, and one for the sun. Shade curtains, often triangular tarpaulins, can be attached to the wall and are ideal in small configurations. A small wooden pergola requires more space, but its decorative effect in patio landscaping is worth it. Be careful in this case not to see things too big, and to be sure that your terrace can safely support this structure.
shade curtain for the sun
What materials should you use to furnish your patio? Plastic is economical, but most of the time not very stylish, unless you are looking for designer furniture. The wood is more expensive, but very elegant and more environmentally friendly, preferable if you live in an area with low humidity. Wrought iron is strong, but of considerable weight, it is made comfortable by the addition of cushions. Finally, the rattan furniture is elegant, be careful not to fall into kitsch. Here is our selection of furnished terraces.
designer plastic furniture
stylish wooden furniture
wrought iron is durable
rattan can be very trendy
open fire on the terrace
a designer marquee
for a campfire evening
wrought iron partitions
shade at all costs !
a jacuzzi with friends
a corner of the countryside in the city