Everyone loves a little downtime, crashing on the lounge after a long day at work, so why not have the option to do that outside as well?
Outdoor lounges encourage relaxing and may be more useful than a dining setting overall, depending on your lifestyle and how you intend on using your space.
If you have a pool a sun lounger or daybed is a must to make your backyard feel like you’re in a Bali villa, and if you have a small balcony, a simple café setting with a small table will create another functional space in your home.
If you’re short on space, consider a thin bar-height table so you can tuck stools underneath when they’re not in use.
Now that you’ve got your furniture, the key to a great alfresco space is finding the balance between functionality and style.
One of the easiest ways to achieve this is by finding a visual element to connect the outdoors and indoors. This could be anything from a building material, an accent colour to the style of your furniture. If you have blue accent colours inside, then take that colour to the outdoor cushions.
To help create a sense of cohesion and consistency, you can also bring the outdoors in to help tie the two zones. Beautiful indoor plants such as Ficus are dramatic and will set the tone for greenery or landscaping outside.
Totally not essential, but if you’re looking to invest a little more in your space, an outdoor kitchen is a fantastic addition!
When you think of your family coming together during the summertime, an outdoor kitchen will mean you can make the most of the good weather. It adds more function to the zone and makes entertaining easy.
However, if you don’t want to spend your life savings on a custom outdoor kitchen, you can find decent freestanding units or even just include a nice-looking stand-alone BBQ.
If budget allows, try to tie in the design to flow from your indoor kitchen, whether it’s keeping the same cabinetry, using the same benchtop material or even incorporating the same pendant lighting. These elements will help blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living.
Another great trick to link the two areas is with the addition of a servery window or big bi-fold doors so there's circulation and flow.
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21 Feb, 2021