Terrace is a living paved area, a continuation of the house. This does not mean that it has to be huddled directly with it.
On the contrary, we are very pleased when a flowerbed is created between the living room and the terrace, and when looking from the living room or kitchen, you are not looking directly at the back of the outdoor seating, however, at a nice planting. Another bonus of the gentle extension of the terrace into the garden area is that when you sit outside you will be more in contact with fragrant plants than the wall of the house.
We like to occupy the terrace with flower pots, cushions, carelessly laid stone cobbles or a flower bed cut in the right place right into the terrace floor. If possible, we plan more terraces around the house. We will add at least one smaller to the main residence, let's call it breakfast or meditative, which is in the shaded part of the garden, it has a more intimate atmosphere and you can hide in it if you desire to be alone or when it is unbearably hot in the main terrace.
It looks quite attractive when the material of the terrace surface is connected to the living room floor, directly by the material used (however, this does not mean that it should be identical) or even in the direction of placement. The floor of the terrace should always be well maintained, besides that, beware of material with a significant relief, so that your chair and table do not start to wobble. If you have such a rough floor on the terrace, it is necessary to buy a truly heavy, stable furniture, which is, unfortunately, quite uncomfortable to handle. If you plan the terrace floor a step lower than the living room, there will not be so many leaves and small garden dirt flying into the interior.