Pick the perfect patio style for your home; Gabrielle Fagan looks at ways of making the most of your garden.

HAVE you ever yearned for a relaxation zone and a special place to

entertain? Well, the answer could be right outside your back door.

Patios this year are a stylish hot-spot which should be furnished

with the same care as your home.

Banish wobbly chairs and saggy parasols in favour of the latest

outdoor furniture and accessories, much of which isn’t just

ultra-comfortable but also weatherproof – so you can avoid the tedious

chore of covering it up or lugging it into the shed in the winter.

With the wealth of fabulous ranges around this season, it’s

easy to truly transform a space into an “outdoor room” that

you’ll never want to leave – no matter what the weather.

Armchairs, daybeds and even coffee tables and bars are the new,

indulgent additions to the conventional patio dining sets and loungers.

And, as the housing market slumps, property expert Alison Cork, a

consultant for TK Maxx TK Maxx is a chain of off-price department stores in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The company is part of the TJX Companies which also owns other department store companies such as T.J. Maxx. , points out: “A well-designed and presented

outside space can add up to 15% to the value of a property, and will

undoubtedly be a selling factor in the summer months, not to mention a

‘quality of life’ investment.

“People increasingly regard the garden as another room in the

house, and are wisely furnishing it to the same high standards as their

indoor rooms.”

Fabien Perez, buyer for B&Q Leisure, agrees that the trend this

season is for “people to recreate a cosy, indoor feel outside.

They’re looking for pieces to make a statement – just as they would

indoors – with oversized furniture pieces, such as large garden beds

which are perfect for creating a den or living room feel.”

As our climate is generally warmer, the patio need no longer be

saved for summer.

Perez says: “Highly-durable materials such as all-weather

rattan rattan