Eight Ways To Style Your Outdoor Dining Area


What to think about when choosing your outdoor dining style

The style of your outdoor dining area will very much depend on the mood you want to create. You want to be able to open the doors and feel that the area is one of two things:

  1. An area that sets itself apart from the inside of your home.
  2. An area that is a continuation of the interior behind you when you step out.

With these thoughts in mind here are eight styles to get you dining al fresco at every available opportunity.

Traditional Dining

Keep it traditional with a wooden dining set preferably with stackable chairs for easy storage during the winter months. An extending table is also a bonus enabling you to cater for any occasion big or small. Choose simple lines with little fuss for a set that will suit any garden. Position your table under a low hanging tree to create a shady sanctuary out of direct sun light.


Laid Back and Relaxed

Choose a more relaxed style dining set with a bench finished with a white wash or weathered type effect for maximum impact. Always choose something that is strong, durable and weather resistant for those Summer showers that can catch us all out at times.



Metal tables and chairs are the perfect choice for this type of outdoor dining style. They blend easily into the garden setting as though they have always been part of the garden. Choose designs with intricately detailed chairs with open design backs to create a sense of greater space.



Wicker style furniture is perfect as an all round solution. It weathers perfectly and can blend into most settings fitting a range of style from country to contemporary and back again. They are also great for relaxing in or for a more formal meal. Inject colour and incorporate a floral theme with patterned cushions and hanging bunting or lights to blend this chunkier type furniture into its surroundings.


Adding Glamour

Go the whole way and create a full outdoor dining room with chandelier and more formal table setting for the ultimate outdoor dining experience. This is best done under cover choosing a heavy set dining table in something such as concrete, solid wood or cast iron creating a blank canvas to mix it up a little with your chairs of choice.


Something More Intimate

Perfect for small secluded parts of your garden or a small patio a bistro set table for two is definitely the way to go. Perfect for a laid back breakfast or afternoon tea or maybe even a cheeky glass of wine in an afternoon on a hot Summers day. Choose from styles in pine or cast iron finished in white for a more traditional look.



If contemporary is more your style then an industrial style dining set is the perfect finish to a garden. Choose clean lines and sharp design. An industrial style dining table will also create the perfect feature piece in a more space garden. You may even decide to mix it up a little and add an industrial piece to a country garden setting for a striking style statement.


Investment Piece

If you want your outdoor furniture to last push the budget to your limit and invest in something that will withstand the great British weather with the minimum amount of care and maintenance required. If you favour low maintenance take this a step further and opt for water resistant cushions and a wooden parasol.

For made to measure dining furniture or outdoor entertaining homewares visit our website www.theorchardhomeandgifts.com

For more outdoor entertaining inspiration see our Pinterest boards: https://uk.pinterest.com/theorchardhome/the-orchard-outdoor-entertaining-shabby-chic-vinta/


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