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Inside Out: Interiors Tips from Louise Bradley

Louise Bradley explains how to bring the great outdoors into your city home

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Interior designer Louise Bradley’s London home has an outdoor terrace that seamlessly connects to a garden room and dining area. Here she shares her tips and ideas on creating a green oasis in the middle of the city.

Louise Bradley garden room

Louise Bradley’s plant-filled terrace

  1. Choose natural materials. Such as wood, linen, bamboo and earthy ceramics. Together they create a beautiful, harmonious scheme.
  2. Invest in floor-to-ceiling windows. It connects your home to the outdoors and provides ample natural light.
  3. Create a foliage screen. Particularly if the outdoor area is small. Planting vertically also adds to your privacy.
  4. Use mirrors to enhance the sense of being in nature. Light and reflection expands your space beyond its footprint.
  5. Choose a natural colour palette. Earthy colours evoke a sense of being in nature and work hand in hand with the rich greens of foliage.

    Louise Bradley

    Louise Bradley at home

  6. Choose tablewear in organic shapes and hues to further enhance the beauty of your outdoor dining scheme.
  7. Design your space with booth indoors and outdoors in mind. This way you’ll create a coherent look, seamlessly connecting the two spaces together.
  8. Opt for evergreens. They create a year-long canvas. You can add seasonal flowers and accessories.
  9. Make the space work after dark with outdoor lighting, either with a professional lighting scheme or do it yourself with lanterns, bowls with floating tea lights and candles. Burn naturally scented candles inside.
  10. Make your space dynamic by choosing furniture that can be easily modified, changed or folded away.

Get the Outdoor Look

Summer’s on its way. Now is the time to decide how to get maximum benefit from the light-filled days.

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  • Mater table and chairs


    Ocean collection four-seater table from Mater, made using salvaged sea plastic, £508. Chairs, £234 each.

  • Sutherland Perennials rug

    Sutherland Perennials

    C Major outdoor rug, £1,343pm/.

  • Orla Kiely bird house

    Orla Kiely

    Sixties stem wooden bird house, £35.

  • Indian Ocean lounge chairs

    Indian Ocean

    Latitude lounge chair, £2,295, and footstool, £1,275, upholstered in Manuel Canovas outdoor fabric.

  • Haddonstone


    The Gardener statue, based on an 18th century piece at Surton Sgnes Hall, £749.

  • Emma Britton carafe

    Emma Britton

    Meadow carafe, £19, featuring British wild flowers, grasses and butterflies.

  • French Connection

    Natural driftwood stool, £95.

  • Not On The High Street hammock

    Not On the High Street

    Handmade denim hammock, £185.

  • Cassina outdoor bed


    Trampoline love bed by Patricia Urquiola for Cassina, from £6.060.

  • William & Son goblet

    William & Son

    Dolce Vita acrylic wine glass, £20.

  • Winch design chair

    Winch Design

    Arc by Winch Design is the studio’s new collection with Summit Furniture. Lounge chair, £4,770.


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