The rise of the outdoor room

Stylist Justine Wilson provides some useful tips to transform your backyard into an outdoor room

Outdoor room by O'Neil Architecture – 2018 TIDA home, house, interior design, living room, real estate, window, gray, black
Outdoor room by O'Neil Architecture – 2018 TIDA New Zealand Designer New Home Winner

As land space is increasingly shrinking and homeowners are sacrificing space for location, Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors, claims there’s been a significant rise of outdoor rooms in the last 12 months. The trend is evolving and with our weather it would be crazy not to make use of your outdoor areas! 


Justine says, “The trend is usually to focus attention on designing the inside of homes, forgetting to utilise the often-neglected outdoor spaces. It is essential to remember that outdoor areas are just as important and should be approached with the same set of decorating principals as the internal spaces in your home.” 

Justine’s top tips for creating an outdoor room: 

A Gasmate Luxury Outdoor Kitchen countertop, kitchen, gray
A Gasmate Luxury Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor entertaining features: An outdoor kitchen is a fantastic addition as it adds more function to the zone. Outdoor kitchens with wine fridges and sinks feel top end and will add value if you sell your home. 

Opt for adaptable furnishings: Stacking chairs and a collapsible table are great options as they can be easily removed and allow flexibility depending on how many people need to circulate through the outdoor room. Outdoor lounges are also very popular as they encourage relaxing. 

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Well placed greenery will make all the difference to your outdoor room

Add greenery: For our weather, hardy low maintenance plants, such as succulents, agaves or yukkas are ideal. Greenery is all about the placement and grouping. The right mix will give your garden or patio a well-landscaped look. 

Lighting: Twinkling lights will always make a space look pretty and it doesn’t have to break the bank. If you are thinking of renovating, consider how to best highlight your outdoor area with a mix of dramatic, ambient and task lighting. 

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Accessorising helps your outdoor room become even more inviting

Incorporate accessories: You can create a beautiful outdoor room by adding a pop of colour. Incorporate soft dressings such as accessories cushions and outdoor rugs. Select colour tones that are showcased in the interior of your home so there is flow and connection between inside and out. Nice table accessories will also jazz up your outside area – and have your outdoor zone ready for summer gatherings! 

“Alfresco zones add so much value to your home or apartment, the trick is to find the balance between function and style, and ensure the area compliments the interior scheme to achieve a design flow,” adds Justine.

Nov 09, 2018
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