Whether you have a fully landscaped yard or a small inner-city courtyard, these simple tips will help you transform your exterior space into a stylish and comfortable living area perfect for entertaining friends or simply relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. From seating to shade, keep reading to learn how to best style your outdoor space.
The first step in creating your perfect outdoor living area is to consider the type of furniture you will choose to fill the space.
While a full dining set is perfect for hosting dinner parties and providing a practical outdoor dining area, a daybed or outdoor lounge set will create a more relaxed and inviting space. Outdoor furniture needs to ‘fit the purpose’ – while a 12-seater dining set may seem like a great idea, if you only entertain that many guests once or twice a year it may be more practical to go with a smaller setting that you can expand on with other pieces when you need to.
Regardless of the type of outdoor furniture you prefer, it is important to choose furniture made from strong materials that can withstand our harsh Australian weather. Most metal, cedar and all-weather wicker pieces will stand up to whatever nature throws at them, whereas some fabrics can deteriorate quickly. Be sure to choose strong materials that will continue to look great for years to come.
Umbrellas Can Be More Than Just Weather Proofing
Whilst people usually consider an outdoor umbrella from a purely functional perspective, they are also a great addition to finish off the look of an outdoor area from an aesthetic perspective, especially in Queensland where people tend to live in their outdoor areas more often. This means they can be enjoyed all year round – not just in summer when the sun is searing!
Far from the humble umbrella mum used to pull out at the beach, these days there is a huge variety of sizes and styles to suit any space, from a simple free-standing umbrella through to wall-mounted models that can swing and tilt to block the sun at any angle.
Folding or hinged umbrellas are a great choice for areas with limited space, as they can easily be hidden away when not required, whereas middle-post umbrellas are perfect for spaces where there is no existing structure to use.
If the traditional umbrella shape isn’t to your style, there are now a variety of different shapes available, from sail-shapes to umbrellas that resemble a giant tropical leaf. Mixing up the shapes you choose, particularly with a large feature like an umbrella or shade, can help to create a unique and modern style in your outdoor space.
The same principle applies here that we mentioned around furniture earlier – it’s important to choose the right product that will last the distance. Whilst there seems to be a large range of umbrellas on the market, from very affordable to more expensive; quality and craftsmanship should be a key consideration when looking to purchase, not just style. Remember, your outdoor umbrella will likely be left battling the same elements as the rest of your outdoor furniture, so you want to make sure the fabric is durable and fade resistant, and things like hinges and other moving parts are made of quality materials that will be resistant to corrosion and weakening due to UV damage. Our umbrella range is among some of the highest quality on the Australian market, so if you’re looking for quality, it’s a great place to start looking!
For lighting, consider choosing solar-powered lamps or torches. Solar lighting removes the need to run any electrical cords from the house, and they automatically charge during the day and then come on at night. It’s also important to consider the hue of your lighting – while bright white light is great in areas where good visibility is important, more orange or amber hued lighting will provide a warmer feeling to your space.
Another great lighting option are bamboo torches. Not only are they cheap and easy to install, but the real flame brings an authentic ambience to your space. Plus, by using citronella oil as the fuel in your torches you can easily keep away mosquitos and other insects, keeping your outdoor space itchy-bite free – a real bonus for anyone living in the tropics!
Choosing the right furniture, shade and lighting options lays the foundation for an impressive and inviting outdoor space, once you’re happy with these fundamental elements, you can start the really fun part – choosing accessories!