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The summer season is knocking at the door and after a wet winter, which made us spend longer hours indoors than we would have liked, we cannot wait to head outside and spend more time in the garden. If you have a garden or a terrace, you will already be envisioning yourself enjoying an al fresco aperitif with your family, or spending long hours outside catching up with friends and enjoying the good weather. So, don’t waste a second, it’s time to get to work! And at ManoMano we would like to offer you different decoration suggestions and ideas for creating an outdoor living space you’ll love.

Outdoor living space design ideas
Outdoor living space design ideas

Before you get started with the design of your outdoor area, you need to carefully study the space and choose the furniture to suit its specific dimensions. To get the most of it, ideally you would include a dining area as well as a relaxation area, or bring the two together if necessary.

Here are our top 5 tips on outdoor living space design:

  1. If your outdoor space is large, the ideal option is to include a dining table and chair set for at least six people, as well as comfortable sofas or armchairs to enjoy a nice evening. If the space is on the smaller side, you can always opt for an extendable table and folding chairs, which won’t take up a lot of space, but can allow you to host a few guests. A parasol or pergola can be a great way to create a shaded area. They can both protect us from the sun in the day time, as well as from the cold when evenings get chilly.
  1. A chill-out area, essential. They are ideal in the porch, the area near the pool, or a corner in the garden. Rattan armchairs, natural wood sofas or deck chairs will create a space for relaxation. If you have a small terrace, you can opt for fringed canvas hammocks, which can easily be put up and taken down. Another option is to put a hanging chair in a corner of the terrace.  They take up no space and provide your outdoor area with a summery and boho look.
Natural furniture adds a sense of calm to your outdoor living space
Natural furniture adds a sense of calm to your outdoor living space (C) Edvin Johannson
  1. Side and coffee tables, the perfect complement. Whether they are in your chill-out area surrounded by sofas and armchairs or next to your loungers, they are as aesthetic as they are practical when you want to serve an aperitif and enjoy those magical sunsets typical of the summer season. They are also quite useful in your gazebo or dining area, to leave extra drinks, glasses or dishes.
  1. Good lighting, essential. Lighting is a great way to set the ambiance, but in order to achieve this, you have to carefully study the location of the lights and the effect you want them to have. Size, distribution, design and intensity are key factors to consider when choosing the lighting for your outdoor area. It is therefore essential to distinguish between lights whose function it is to illuminate and mood lighting. Both are absolutely essential if you want to create a cosy and stylish area. While you can use wall lights or lamps hanging from the gazebo to provide enough light at night, indirect lights will create a magical atmosphere around you: fairy lights, spotlights with indirect lighting in strategic corners of the garden, or solar floor lamps can be your allies when decorating your outdoor area. 
Lighting is great for outdoor ambiance (C) Hannah Busing
Lighting is great for outdoor ambiance (C) Hannah Busing
  1. Small details you will fall in love with. Once you have the basic furniture in place, it’s time to fill your garden with small details that will provide both originality and style. We recommend that you opt for a natural tone palette and light textiles such as cotton or linen, with smooth textures and vibrant patterns reminiscent of the sea. Big candles for the table and lanterns on the floor, light blankets for chilly nights, and natural fibre ottomans, and last but not least, bamboo or jute rugs to frame and delimit the different areas.  

1. Festoon fairy lights 2. Hanging hammock 3. Jute rug 4. Retractable pergola

With the help of these handy tips, you will create a fantastic outdoor area in which to enjoy unique moments this summer. 


Are you designing your own outdoor living space? Share your finished results with us on Instagram using the #mymanomanoway, #manomanouk and #youvegotthis hashtags!

Article written by Paula Silvagni

Passionate about interior design, Paula is a deco-coach and Instagrammer (@paula_silvagni_interiors). From her Instagram page, she shows the latest trends to decorate every corner of your home with style.

Discover the latest design pieces set to transform your outside space

It’s starting to smell like BBQ season featuring afternoon snoozes in the sun in your favourite hammock. Whether you have a tiny patio or a sprawling garden, our Garden Living Sale will help you upgrade your outdoor space to take full advantage of warm weather and garden entertaining. We’ve put together a selection of products from our Sale to make you feel at home in your garden.

1. 5-tier wooden plant stand, £27.99 instead of £35.99 – 2. Gazebo with sliding roof, £296.42 instead of £357.99 – 3. Cream gazebo, £144.03 instead of £173.99 – 4. Gas BBQ, £246.59 instead of £273.99 – 5. 5 piece garden lounge set, £506.69 instead of £562.99 – 6. Set of 3 Egg designer outdoor furniture set, £229.99 instead of £588.99


As the seasons change and we have an extra minute of sunlight a day, the lure of spending time outdoors grows stronger and stronger. Once you’ve got your garden as luscious and colourful as you like, you can work on creating an idyllic garden patio set up to make outdoor entertaining a breeze. 

For further garden paradise inspiration and offers, head to ManoMano.co.uk.

Did you enjoy this article on the ManoMano Garden Living Sale? Perhaps you’d be interested in reading our BBQ buying guide or seeing our 4 tips on garden lighting.

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An outdoor living room is a great way to take your garden to the next level to make the most of your garden. For many of us, this type of project can seem to be a complicated task and as a result can take second place to designing interior spaces. We have created these 6 easy design steps that needed cost a fortune to help guide through the process, so that everyone can transform their outdoor space and enjoy that bottle of crisp white wine on ice, while entertaining comfortably in their beautiful outdoor living room.

1/ Make your outdoor living room comfy for everyone

Get enough seats for family and friends so you can entertain safely and happily in your outdoor living room. Just because it’s outdoors, it doesn’t mean you cannot be comfortable. These sofas are the perfect base for outside, with weatherproof fabric that can withstand a beautiful British summer shower. Yes, the cushions need to be kept inside long-term, but that’s what garden sheds are for. 

4 Seater Rattan Garden Corner Sofa Set Grey SANO II from Beliani for your outdoor living room
4 Seater Rattan Garden Corner Sofa Set Grey SANO II from Beliani

2/ Add soft layers to your outdoor living room

Cushions and throws make any outdoor space feel like home and will add colour and texture to soften the look. Go for natural fibres, like linen and cotton as they feel right at home in the garden. This blue ombre design we’ve chosen is a beaut. 

Riva Home Seashore Cushion Cover (40x60cm) (Blue) by Pertemba
Riva Home Seashore Cushion Cover (40x60cm) (Blue) by Pertemba

3/ Make it personal

Add your own design touch to a greenhouse or cold frame to help it bed into your scheme. We gave this easy-to-build cold frame a lick of pale green paint and some new brass handles, making it fit perfectly into our outside living design. It is beautiful and practical, helping us to grow seeds for our veg patch. 

Outsunny 2 Shelves Wooden Cold Frame Grow House Greenhouse Outdoor Plant Storage
Outsunny 2 Shelves Wooden Cold Frame Grow House Greenhouse Outdoor Plant Storage by Aosom

4/ Zone it with a rug

Rugs are a great way to define the space as an outdoor ‘room’. This rug is for outdoor use and adds some colour too. Durable and beautiful, no wonder our Dachshund Buckley loves it. 

Outdoor Area Rug 140 x 200 cm Pink AKYAR by Beliani for your outdoor living room
Outdoor Area Rug 140 x 200 cm Pink AKYAR by Beliani

5/ Plant it up

Large planters will add architecture to the outdoor living room you are creating and give more definition and interest. Plant them up with your favourite flowers or plants to continue that houseplant obsession outdoors. We have gone for Brown turkey fig, love the leaf shape, and Hydrangea Paniculata, because it is so beautiful and the white of the giant cone-like flower heads give the look a fresh lift.  

Planter Flower Pot Concrete Design Garden Flower Balcony 26 L | 49 L | 91 L Grey, 26 Liter by Deuba
Planter Flower Pot Concrete Design Garden Flower Balcony 26 L | 49 L | 91 L Grey, 26 Liter by Deuba

6/ Light it up

An outdoor living room is not just for day time- add in some lighting for night time ambience. You needn’t have outdoor plugs or wiring either because there are lots of solar powered options available. These white solar powered ball lights are effortlessly chic and come with a spike so they can slot easily into any border or planter. 

Solar sphere Lago with LED and earth spike by Lights UK for your outdoor living room
Solar sphere Lago with LED and earth spike by Lights UK

Did you enjoy this article from 2LG Studio on how to set up your outdoor living room? Why not read more about garden design or even our guide to selecting the right garden furniture for you!

Are you designing your garden? Share your finished results with us on instagram using the #mymanomanoway and #manomanouk!