Whether it’s dappled sunshine on your weekend paper or the last licks of light on a friendly Friday wine, relaxing outdoors is one of the greatest privileges of living in Australia. It’s positively balmy all year round, and, with a climate so temperate, it would be rude not to make the most of it.
Think about how you will use this space
Outdoor furniture is an investment in your kind of relaxation. And choosing the right style for you depends on your lifestyle. Take a look at your space and ask yourself, how do I want to enjoy this?
Is your ideal Saturday spent whiling away the time in your fave bucket chair with a book? Too busy trying to chase the kids down? How about a sandpit table and some comfy bean chairs? Do you dream of serving up a chandelier-lit seven course degustation dinner for all your friends? Opt for an elegant outdoor dining suite.
The possibilities for outdoor love are endless…
Be realistic about how much space you have…
Even better, get out your tape, measure and draw it up. Cut out to-scale versions of the furniture you’re considering and move it around the space. Is that umbrella really going to create a shady haven or will it just completely take over?
If your furniture is too big for your space, the effect will be crowded and awkward. If it’s too small, it will look lost, adrift…
Spoilt for space? Sleek modular lounges with coordinating coffee tables make the perfect companions to your L-shaped pool (!). Not so spoilt? A cosy breakfast nook on your balcony can be just as decadent. If you’re mad for entertaining but short on space, an extendable dining suite is a great option. Think about how many peoples you ordinarily invite and invest in some fold-away chairs for space-saving.
Arm-less chairs and benches also conserve your space.
Style before you buy
Define your style before you start. Rather than purchasing one-off items, consider how the whole space might look. Adopting an aesthetic that supports your existing interior décor is advisable. It helps to create a cohesive finished feel and enhances the effect of indoor/outdoor zones.
There are a wide variety of styles available from formal to family-friendly, casual coastal to rustic. Outdoor ottomans are great for casual, fam-friendly spaces. Turn up the play with vibrant fabrics for durable style. Or layer your outdoor rugs and cushions for Boho-chic style, ideal for indulging in home picnics. Add replica designer options for iconic style.
Consider the material and the conditions
Outdoor furnishings by definition are more exposed to the elements and hardiness is a key factor in choosing the right setting for you. Consider whether your space gets a lot of sun, whether it’s covered or whether it needs to be weather-resistant.
There are a whole range of 5, 4 and 3 piece outdoor lounge suites made from fine quality weather-resistant materials. Stylish Outdoors feature a range of swing chairs fashioned from hand-woven all-weather polyethylene wicker and rust-proof aluminium.
From rustic to super-chic, wooden furniture is both long lasting and sturdy. Pine is an affordable option, while teak is an extremely durable and more luxurious in look. Channel Enterprises also offer old-world iron chairs as well as outdoor settings in rattan.