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Flooring for a Trendy Terrace

By: Mary Williams BA (hons) - Updated: 31 Mar 2011 | comments*Discuss
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Once you’ve tackled the flooring inside your home you are likely to want to move outside, to start thinking about your terrace or patio area. The ideal time to do this is late spring. That way the weather is warm enough to get out there and do the laying and creating – and hopefully the job should also be finished by the summer, giving you time to really enjoy your latest project.

Like everything else, trends in Outdoor Flooring come and go. So if you want an up-to-the-minute look for your terrace, as well as a style that won’t look dated in a few years time, you’ll need to think carefully. Remember to take into account your accessories as well as your flooring. Everything needs to work together well, to create just the right final look for your new trendy terrace.

Consider Stone

The 'natural' look is very much in vogue at the moment – and is likely to remain so for some time to come. This works well on terraces of both older and more modern homes. It offers a clean, understated style that is not overly showy and yet also exudes class. Choose a colour that blends well with your property and your garden. For a cool, modern look try a light limestone, and team it up with contemporary garden furniture, perhaps in black metal.

Sandstone could also have the same effect, but would give your trendy terrace slightly more warmth. Those preferring a darker, sleeker look could opt for stylish black slate or granite, and choose tables and chairs made from a contrasting, light material.

Break New Ground

Be a terrace trend setter and opt for a highly modern look. Go for something colourful and bright that will really be a talking point at your barbecues and summer garden parties. Try Recycled Rubber, for example, this comes in an array of bright colours. Opt for an eye-catching lime green or a cool sky blue.

Bring in contemporary outdoor furniture in clean white to set the look off. Alternatively, try polished concrete. This is all the rage inside the home at the moment. Bring it outside on to the terrace for an uber-modern, industrial style.

Get the Wood Look

Don’t forget that wood can also be used to great effect out on a terrace. But move away from the brown, DIY store style of the late 90s and go for something altogether more trendy. Choose a high grade product from an environmentally friendly source, such as a beautiful bamboo or a high grade sustainable timber.

Choose a finish that allows its natural grain and colour to speak for itself or give your terrace a truly trendy, modern look by painting it to blend in with the back of your house. Select a colour that is both elegant and discreet, a soft mossy green, antique white or dusty china blue, for example. Then bring in garden furniture to create subtle contrast and create an outdoor lighting system that really makes the most of your new look terrace.

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