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How to Achieve the Perfect Look for Entertaining Outside

The perfect place to reconnect with family and friends, your garden should be a welcoming haven. As we start to spend more time outside, we naturally start to think about how we can update our garden spaces. In this blog we will take a look at all the ways you can create the perfect outdoor entertaining area that you can be proud of. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know.


Stunning Seating Areas

Contemporary Seating Areas with Outdoor Tiling

View the collection: Burlington and Minster
Top right: Schnordic; Bottom right: Ideas Outdoor

Outdoor seating areas don’t get much more gorgeous than these. If you’re looking to create a backgarden oasis, an inviting seating area will provide the perfect place to get comfortable and relax in the summer sunshine. A great way to create this contemporary yet inviting look can be through soft furnishings, cushions and throws. Comfort is everything when it comes to outdoor luxury, so make sure you fill your seating area with all the plumpest cushions and softest throws you can find!

You can then start bringing in other small additions such as pretty planters and cosy accessories. It might even inspire you to take the plunge and update your outdoor surfaces with brand new tiles. Here at CTD, we have a stunning range of styles specially suited to outdoor areas. The Minster tile collection is perfect for those wanting to escape to the dark side and delve into contrast, whilst the Burlington Ivory tile is perfect for those looking to embrace a lighter scheme with contemporary touches.


Terrific Tablescapes for Outside

Modern Farmhouse Summer Tableware Settings

Clockwise from top left: Joyful Derivatives; H&M; Magnolia Rouge; Pinterest

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, a lot of us will be dining outside,and as a result, we’ll want to make sure our table décor is looking beautiful for those all important garden parties and get togethers. From seasonal flowers to simple vases and striking new cutlery, there are so many ways you can create a stunning dining focal point that will be sure to wow your guests.

If your look is modern, consider opting for a mix of soft and contrasting tones. A combination of black and white ceramics will offset beautifully against soft blue linens, brass cutlery and sprigs of greenery - resulting in a truly inviting tablescape. Alternatively, you can consider opting for a more pastel-toned colour palette and bring in some refreshing summer hues.


Characterful Outside Kitchens

Contemporary Country Outdoor Kitchens

View the collection: Optimal
Clockwise from top left: Decor Lovin; Dwell; Apartment Therapy 

If you’re a keen cook who loves to entertain, an outdoor kitchen might just be the perfect solution to all your summer entertaining requirements. When it comes to layout, you can follow many of the same design rules for planning a normal kitchen. To avoid having your back to your guests, it’s important to think about how your kitchen will be orientated in comparison to the dining or seating area.

However, if you are looking to create a small cooking area, focus on the BBQ itself and build around that. It’s also important to consider a worktop area for prepping, a sink and perhaps even an area for waste.

Go industrial with cement worktops or keep it traditional with wood cabinetry, the possibilities are endless when achieving the perfect outside kitchen.


We hope you have enjoyed our blog on creating the perfect outside space for entertaining. If you’re on the look out for new tiles for your patio or terrace, view our Guide to Choosing Outdoor Tiles, or head over to our outdoor tiles section for all the inspiration you need! You may also find helpful styling advice in our Top Outdoor Tile Ideas and Trends for 2021 blog.


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