1. Consider the space
The first step in planning outdoor areas is to consider the size of the space, and how you want to use it. Is it compact to allow for a small café table and chairs, or slightly larger for relaxing lounge chairs – or perhaps it’s large enough for sun loungers and a dining table with drinks area. Knowing the space you have to work with, and how people will interact within it is key. Ensure pieces selected are right for the space and how it will be used, avoid crowding the area.
2. Ensure flexibility
Flexibility is key. Assess how you want to entertain in the space – for example, with a growing family, consider stacking chairs, stools, benches or modular lounging pieces to host those unexpected guests! Pairing a table with chairs on one side and a bench seat on the other so it can be multi-purpose is one option. It’s better to have a flexible approach that you can reduce and expand where required. What you leave out, is just as important as what you include!
Because we make-to-order at Tait, items can be powder coated in the same colour, or you can have a harmonious collection in fun, tonal colours that work together, ensuring a cohesive space.
Layers help to create a warm and inviting area for sharing a meal, enjoying the sunshine and making memories. Furniture should sit happily within the space, without dominating. Considering what extras you can add in to build a more complete look with maximum wow factor is always a good idea! Layering nesting tables, drink trolleys, firepits, umbrellas, cushions and planters that can be moved easily when gathering is a great option as they add depth and ensure the space looks lived in. Greenery is wonderful to add life to a space too – Tait has some great planters on wheels so they can be moved seasonally and easily watered.