Sally Cullen sat on a chair in her garden under an awning

Ways to style your outdoor living space

by Sally Cullen

Interior designer

Published: 29/03/2022

Updated: 09/07/2024

Top tips for styling outdoor spaces with an awning 

Awnings are the go-to choice for garden living. Here are my top tips for bringing style and function to your outdoor area.

Sally Cullen standing on the patio in her garden with an awning covering the patio

Make your garden a destination space

There's plenty of ways you can make the most of your outdoor space or decking area, whether its with plants and flowers, a comfy garden set, water features or stylish garden storage. Watch the video for my top design tips on how to get the perfect finishing touch and transform your outdoor space with a stylish awning.

Hillarys awning, opened over a garden furniture

Relax in style

My first tip for outdoor styling is to think about how you want to use the space. Perhaps you want to entertain, enjoy al fresco dining or create a relaxing outdoor retreat. This will give you a focus for the furniture and accessories you will need.

An awning will create a lovely shaded area throughout the day. Keep things cosy with soft and textured with furnishings and garden-friendly cushions, rugs and throws. Layer them up for comfort and a pop of colour.


Sundowner cocktails

An awning can create a welcoming environment and are great for continuing your outdoor entertaining later into the evening, providing the perfect adult space for socialising with friends.

To create a space like this, it’s all about cosy layers and textures. Start with outdoor rugs for the floor, and make sure there's plenty of seating and a few tables so guests can put their drinks down. A cocktail cart saves nipping in the house for more drinks, and adds a sophisticated, adult feel to the space.

Simple touches

Lighting is often overlooked in a garden, but you can easily achieve a soft glow with lanterns or festoon lighting strung about the place. It will make everything feel nice and cosy

And when it comes to the fabric of your awning, choose a fabric that complements the textures and colours of your interior décor to create symmetry between the two spaces.


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