Designing your outdoor living area requires the balancing of
One of the first steps homeowners can take is to help decide
exactly what theme works for them – is to examine what aspects would work best:
Does the space need to be family friendly?
Are you a dinner-party sort of host?
Is this space designed for relaxation and/or
Are you looking to compliment existing features,
like a pool?
If building your décor concept from scratch is not your
thing, you can instead explore some of the hot décor trends that emerged in the
summer of 2016.
Many homeowners are looking to create versatile
indoor/outdoor spaces that expand existing living areas.
Once fancy installations involved hoisting the portable
boom-box onto an esky, nowadays outdoor areas are becoming just as
sophisticated as home cinemas.
Combining Bluetooth speakers, hidden cabinetry and plush
outdoor lounges and sofas, modern outdoor areas now allow families and friends
to congregate and enjoy anything from the latest films, sports games and pop
hits while under the stars.
Outdoor media centres require soft furnishings and gorgeous
side tabling to turn your corner into a cosy centre for fun.
Blocks of Colour
The traditional browns and greens of outdoor furniture is no longer the only option on the market. Designers and homeowners are turning to bold colours and patterns to create interesting, themed areas to escape from the hubbub of the day.
When combined with painted screens and gorgeous soft landscaping (like bold succulents and glossy evergreens), coloured outdoor décor is here to stay.
With soft edges and a clean white painted finish, French
Provincial style dining sets and benches are a timeless addition to most
Perfect for heritage-style homes, this type of design style
lends itself to further customisation with the selection of fabrics for
cushions and pillows.
Whether it’s for a family lunch, or a morning coffee on the
back decking, French Provincial settings have never been more popular.
For apartment and townhouse dwellers that know the
importance of every square foot, tubular metal furniture is often designed to
fit together when not in use to maximise liveable space.
Available in a host of bright colours, tubular metal systems
combine practicality with a pop of vibrancy to help personalise the outdoor
space like never before.
Again designed for homes that don’t have much space for
traditional garden beds, vertical gardens allow homeowners to grow herbs and
rich greenery on otherwise bare and neglected walls, trellises and fences.
Adding fragrance and atmosphere, vertical gardens are
relatively low-maintenance greenery additions to your home.
An extremely simple way to create ambience and interest in
your outdoor area is to go monochromatic with furniture, accessories and décor.
From glossy black tubular furniture, to glazed flower pots
and rich, soft fabrics, retailers are creating accessible and beautiful
products that can take your outdoor space from ho-hum to fabulous with just a
few affordable purchases.
Lasting year-on-year, monochromatic themes are easy to
create, build and maintain.
Screaming of exotic tropical holidays, there’s nothing
better than relaxing on a gorgeous day in a soft, veiled daybed.
Available in a number of shapes to maximise shade and
comfort, daybeds provide a slice of tranquillity for homeowners and their
family to relax reading, listening to music and sunbathing.
When combined with soft furnishings and carefully selected
fabrics for pillows and cushions, daybeds can be customised to work with the
property’s broader style – so there’s little chance of you new purchase
sticking out like a sore thumb.