Outdoor carpet in bold design enlivens dull concrete patio

Q: Dear Debbie,
I’m looking for some ideas to fix up a plain (boring) city concrete patio. The concrete is old and cracked but I am renting, so not able to resurface. I’m not much of a gardener, and the area is very shady so I can’t grow much in colourful blooms. Thanks for any suggestions.
Rita
A: Dear Rita,
You can infuse this space with colour in many ways that will elevate its character from plain to punchy. Paint some second-hand wood garden furniture in bright white or a hot pastel shade. Why not two chairs in funky colours and a tabletop with a bold daisy face? Painting furniture is easy to do, and you can make up any design you like from crazy bold stripes to circles that overlap. For a more traditional look, you could use a weathered paint effect on the wood and some cushions covered in a brilliant variety of weatherproof fabrics.

Written By Debbie Travis

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Taking inspirational interior design to the great outdoors

“The sun has finally been shining this week, sparking a dash for the patio and barbecue.

And if you’re lucky enough to have outdoor space, it deserves as much attention as your indoor rooms.

A survey by Lloyds TSB Insurance has found that over the last year Britons spent £14 billion turning their gardens into luxury havens. Our holiday budgets may still be tight, which is all the more reason to make the most of the summer at home.

The survey found that furniture, hot tubs and summerhouses are increasing in popularity while sales of plants declined.”

Written by Derbyshire Times

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