Turn your exterior space into a dreamy outside dining room with our top 5 garden decor tips.

Make the most of your garden and the balmy summer nights by turning your green space into a stylish, botanical haven where you can entertain your family and friends. Follow our top five tips to ensure your garden is fit for a feast al fresco style.

Create an outdoor kitchen space

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You’ve planned your al fresco menu and bought all of the trimmings, but have you thought about where you’re going to prep your dishes?

Why not create an outdoor kitchen space with the addition of a sheltered wooden bench? This will allow you to use portable cooking appliances and utensils in a safe, convenient and clean place.

Frame your outdoor kitchen with large trees or shrubs sat in beautiful bright red pots to draw your guests to your heavenly food.

Create a feature wall

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Bring a holiday vibe to your garden by painting walls or fences in striking Mediterranean shades of eye-catching azure blue or earthy terracotta.

Add a table and chairs for two and string up some tea light lanterns that will emit a twinkling glow on balmy evenings. And finish with large cacti and palms in stylish planters with a terrarium pendant light to add a tropical touch.

Co-ordinate your outdoor dining table with colour

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Indoors or out, when it comes to creating a chic scheme, picking two or three key hues always ensures an elegant and stylish finish. Choose horticultural colours like navy and forest green, and contrast with a radiant shade of lemon. This will create a subtle-yet-striking crockery scheme that’s perfectly fitting for al fresco dining!

Finish off the look by adding bold, botanical prints such as bamboo napkins or placemats on your outdoor dining table to emanate a true sense of nature.

Create a comfy outdoor living area

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After an afternoon of gorging on indulgent foods you’ll want to take a little time out for relaxation. Throw plump cushions across your garden seats and a soft rug on decking in Aztec prints to make a cosy, modern chill out area.

Don’t forget to bring out a comfy pouffe, so you can put your feet up after a day of entertaining.

A moody Moroccan theme for evening entertaining

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Create an exotic Moroccan-style outdoor space by combining solar-powered lanterns and tea lights to illuminate an evening of entertaining. Use a copper tray with a delicate cut out rim to serve up some sophisticated summer night cocktails.

Place citronella candles in hurricane lamps and middle-eastern inspired ornaments on a bronze dining table for a luxurious and inviting atmosphere.

From the Good Homes Magazine editors. 

For more garden decor inspiration, book tickets to the Ideal Home Show and leave brimming stylish ideas for your outdoor dining space.