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Create a summer sanctuary with interior designer-approved garden furniture, outdoor cushions, colourful picnicware, and atmospheric candles for every outdoor space

Top tips for colourful outdoor dining

Interior designer and TV presenter Sophie Robinson is a colour expert who revels in bringing joy to a space. A fan of the informal hosting approach, Sophie thinks that balancing playful patterns with pops of zesty colour are all you need for last-minute magic this summer.

Neutral garden furniture is timeless but it’s the bold colours in Sophie's looks that really wow guests. Sophie recommends bright shades within a tight palette for a cohesive scheme. Impactful shades should definitely have a seat at your table this summer and you can find them in the vibrant Lois range.

“It’s nice to have things a little HAPHAZARD but it’s key to keep the palette tight.” Sophie Robinson

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Set of four blue and white picnicware bowls with lemon motif. Shop now
Get the holiday feeling at home with these bowls
Teal rattan outdoor dining table and bench set. Shop now.
Dine alfresco with a stylish faux rattan set
Orange ridged light-up citronella candle. Shop now.
A citronella candle keeps creepy crawlies at bay
Green Lois garden armchairs. Shop now.
Style meets comfort in an informal green shade

Create a relaxing retreat

Sophie draws her inspiration from warmer climes and travels around Morocco, Spain and the Mediterranean. Recreate the look with geometric prints, easily combined colours and pure cotton checked throws to catch the eye.

Adorn your garden chairs with water-resistant outdoor cushions and line your benches with sumptuously soft Acapulco Hermosa pads from the Fired Earth X M&S collaboration to bring comforting textures into the mix.

“For me, summer ENTERTAINING is a case of the more, the merrier.” Sophie Robinson

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Acapulco Alva pure cotton outdoor cushion by Fired Earth X M&S
Add flair with outdoor cushions by Fired Earth X M&S
Set of two yellow outdoor cushions. Shop now.
A water-resistant finish protects against the elements
Grey garden corner sofa. Shop now.
Room for the whole family to get comfy
Striped outdoor garden cushion set. Shop now.
Our cushion sets are ideal for relaxed alfresco dining

Set the scene

Layer wavy patterns with colourful accessories, like the fluted glass vase Sophie chose for the centre of her table – fill with artificial poppy stems and artichokes to add a playful pop of colour.

Picnic bowls and plates are the perfect place to start; citrus fruit patterns will add a zingy splash of colour to an outdoor dining setup. Try pairing them with wavy blue side plates for a Mediterranean theme that will sing in the sunshine.

“I love PARTIES that can spill out into the garden and carry on into the evening.” Sophie Robinson.

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Orange ridged glass vase. Shop now.
Create an informal centrepiece with bright blooms
Wavy patterned plastic picnic plates. Shop now.
Add interest with watercolour effect side plates
Orange glass candlestick. Shop now.
Blends timeless elegance with contemporary fun
Woven citrus fruit place mats. Shop now.
Squeeze every drop out of summer with fruit place mats

Words: James Williams (Ideal Home) and Dulcie Emerson