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DECO guides you to make the most of summer’s long days and balmy nights by creating an idyllic outside living space: lounge at the pool, dine on the patio or extend your living room into your garden.

Choosing the right outdoor furniture can be a challenge, but if you take all elements into consideration, including your needs, you’ll find the process simplified.

Things to keep in mind:

  1. WEATHER: How sheltered is the area you are planning on utilising and will the furniture come into contact with the elements?
  2. UV LIGHT: Harsh UV rays reflected from pools can fade your furniture.
  3. SEA AIR: The salt along the coast can damage stainless steel and aluminium furniture. Make sure to treat furniture with an anti-rust or opt for a safer option and choose plastic furniture when living near the beach.
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When upholstering outdoor furniture, go through the following checklist to ensure you’ve used durable fabrics that are:

  • waterproof
  • fade resistant
  • mould/mildew resistant
  • UV blockers
  • stain resistant
  • washable
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Outdoor shopping

DECO lab

1.Large Boskke cube plant R399, Superbalist 2.Hexagon Ragasco gas cylinder 5kg R1 499, Yuppiechef 3.Colab towel R199.99, Mrp Home 4.Astro chair & footstool Grey R1 699, @home 5.Palm Leaf cushion R199, Superbalist 6.MasterTouch charcoal grill with gourmet grate 57cm R4 299, Yuppiechef 7. Bamboo baskets from R299, Pezula Interiors 8.Oscar armchair R7 995, Weylandts 9.Nolden Bros blue table R1 199, Superbalist

Looking for more outdoor design advice?

In the ELLE Decoration Style Directory, we share our favourite outdoor decor experts who should be on your speed dial.

Need some outdoor decorating advice, or want to share pictures of your outdoor space with us? Tweet @ELLE_Deco #AskDECO