How To

Style your rooftop terrace

© Nicolas Picard

If you’re one of those lucky people in possession of a rooftop terrace, congrats! But don’t forget: a roof terrace can become a neglected, unused area fast if it’s not set up right. And what is the point of having a roof terrace if no one is using it? Exactly. Read on for our tips on how to make the most of your upper deck, so that your roof terrace becomes the ultimate place to be.


Creature comforts

The first thing to pay attention to the thing people most often overlook: comfort. Make sure you use outdoor furniture that’s not only utilitarian (i.e. the sturdy kind that withstands weather) but also makes you and your guests feel like spending time on your roof terrace. You’re going to need a great lounge set, a whimsical bistro set, or comfortable garden stools at the very least — your best bet is the cushioned variety, so you can just take parts of it inside in inclement weather. Next, get a matching table. Not tall enough to be formal, but not so low that dining becomes awkward.

Summer vibes

Remember that a roof terrace is exposed to the elements: get a pretty parasol for shade during those sweltering sundowner parties you’ll be throwing. Speaking of must have tips for summer: speakers! Invest in a great outdoor, weatherproof sound system and blast your favourite tunes all summer long.


Open (air) bar

When the clock strikes cocktail hour, there is no place better for a tipple (or two) than a rooftop terrace. All you need are some good bar supplies — from shakers to glasses — a bit of creativity, and a few good friends. Optional: designate a corner of your terrace to be “the bar.” Take a tall sideboard or counter, get a small fridge, and you’re good to go like Tom Cruise in the movie Cocktail.

Sky dining, open all seasons

One of the finest experiences to be had on a roof terrace is dining under an open sky. Whether a romantic dinner for two or a bigger get-together with friends, eating al fresco is a great pleasure; all year round — don’t think that just because the weather is turning chilly, you have to move back indoors! Get your terrace set up with blankets, a heater for a toasty feel, fire up the grill or stove and you’re set. Or you can just bring food in serveware from inside. If you’ve got a sheltered spot to store a set of dinnerware and cutlery upstairs, even better.


© Cameron Smith

© Cameron Smith


Decorative arts

Last but certainly not least, you can’t forget the decoration. Little details go a long way in making a place feel put together, and deco can lift your terrace from basic to baller in a flash. Get an outdoor rug for a casual, homely feel, and place a few plants in pots around the terrace for a natural vibe. Coordinate your greenery with the look you’re going for: succulents and cacti, or ferns and flowers? Perhaps an anything-goes jungle? You decide.

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