Australia’s beautiful climate makes outdoor living central to our way of life. Therefore, when thinking about the design of your home, it is just as important to think about how best to use your outdoor space as it is to choose the furniture or colour scheme that best matches your interior design vision. If you are not sure how to make the most of your backyard or verandas, then don’t despair. We have put together a few tips to help you create a beautiful outdoor space.
To create an outdoor space that you really want to spend time in, it is important to get the furniture right. Today, you will find an increasing range of designs and styles that combine the comfort of indoor living with the hardwearing nature of traditional backyard furniture. This is particularly useful when furnishing decks and verandas as it will help you create a seamless transition between the interior of your home and your outside space. Get this right and you will find that your outdoor space becomes an increasingly important place for both relaxing and entertaining.
To make the most of the outdoor space you have available to you, it is a good idea to think about it in much the same way as you would the interior of your home. That is to say, you should consider an overall design vision and then break it down into constituent parts (much like the individual rooms in your home). The design vision for each ‘room’ should be specific to its function, but collectively a single coherent vision is necessary. Otherwise, you may end up with a backyard that feels unfocused and disjointed.
When designing your outdoor space, plants will play a big role. Whether you have a huge backyard to landscape or just a few pots on a veranda, plants will create warmth and soften hard edges. It is important not only to think about the initial impact of your new backyard, but also how practical it will be to keep it looking beautiful in the months and years ahead. European plants remain popular and many are very attractive, but Australia’s climate, particularly in times of drought, can be very challenging. It is far better to design your outdoor space using primarily native plants. They will cope with the environment far better and will naturally blend into their surroundings.
Outdoor entertainment areas
Patios, pergolas and decks will transform both the appearance and functionality of your outdoor space. Use these structures to provide a focal point for your backyard design and to give you a wonderful space to dine outside and entertain friends and family.
A beautiful outdoor space is one that is comfortable to use as well as visually arresting. The use of outdoor heaters will mean that you can take advantage of al fresco living through the year and round the clock. There are many options to choose from, including patio heaters, braziers, chiminea and radiant heaters. Each one has its own advantages, so do some research and then choose the one that matches your needs and design vision most closely.