16Interiors12Any good estate agent will now tell you that your garden is now viewed by potential buyers as another room in your house. Gone are the days of folding chairs and plastic pools, today’s modern gardens feature sofas and chairs, bars and dedicated outdoor dining tables and areas.

A huge trend is to create several ‘living areas’ or rooms in your garden, each one distinct in its purpose and design. More and more people are zoning their gardens and asking interior designers to blend traditional landscaping with furniture and decorations, until recently only seen indoors.

This has lead to a surge in beautiful outdoor furniture, which can be left outside to brave the vagaries of English weather, but are available to instantly take advantage of our sometimes intermittent but glorious sunshine. But to ensure your outdoor furniture remains looking good, always choose colour and light-fast fabrics, designed to remain bright in strong sunshine.

More and more our outdoor spaces are being designed for entertaining. Large, comfortable sofas combined with coffee tables, all made from durable rattan, mean you and your friends can relax at watch the summer sun go down in comfort. Or huge outdoor dining tables mean you can entertain more friends and bring a touch of elegance to a summer barbeque.

More and more of us are bringing the outside inside with bespoke conservatories, but managing light and heat, even on dull days, can be an issue. Consider fitting pinoleum roof blinds, made from thin strips of wood, they create a beautiful dappled light and the wood absorbs the heat of the sun. Alternatively, you can have UV-resistant film applied, which will absorb the sun’s harmful UV rays, protecting not only your skin but also delicate fabrics and furniture.

 Your garden is another room to enjoy this summer. Now let’s hope for some sunshine!