Whether your home has a sizeable pool and landscaped grounds or a petite patio decked out with pot plants, your outdoor space can be an extension of your home. Here’s how to style your outdoor decor, select your outdoor furniture and maximise your Vitamin D intake where you lay your swag.
We are pretty darn spoilt in Australia, what with the balmy temperatures and the blessed sun and the beach and the mountains and the blahdy great wine springing from our ochre-red earth…
There’s nothing more decadent than stretching out with the paper in the midsummer sun and catching up on the latest news through osmosis, occasionally stirring to wet your lips from a beaded glass of sauv-blanc.
Here are 7 steps to re-vamp your space. You’ll be camped out on your outdoor furniture before you know it!
1. Start with an outdoor rug
So the gods have gifted you a concrete garden… There are remedies for this perhaps less-than-dreamy aesthetic. A quick pit stop at the local hardware store will see you armed with interlocking deck tiles available by the square metre.
These little gems are great for hiding fugly tiles or rude-as paving. Plus, if you’re renting you can take them with you when you leave. Operation Ugly Overhaul is launched.
Outdoor rugs are another easy win. They’re fuss-free and make a space feel finished. Whether you’re working for French provincial ambience (think jute*) or a Malibu beach vibe (bold + brassy stripes), a bit of textured textile under your tootsies makes for an instant spruce-up.
2. Look after your buns, hun
Perhaps the most important of considerations… Comfortable seating. Creating a relaxing and inviting space is key, even if it’s only big enough to entertain your own thoughts.
Outdoor barstools and dining chairs allow you to feast under the firmament (or eat under the stars), whilst lounge chairs enhance the fine art of repose. From rattan to powder-coated steel, your outdoor furniture options are vast and varied.
Wire-framed furniture is suited to smaller areas – it’s space-enhancing and sleek. Pair it with soft furnishings for a cosier aesthetic. If you’re rich in space, opt for a lounge suite…
Floor cushions and crates introduce casual boho flair. Think chevron, floral, geometric, and mandala designs. Bold block colours also work well: we love mint-green and rich apricot for a contemporary vibe.
3. Lay on a delicious spread!
For the degustationally-minded, a sturdy outdoor table is a must. Earthen colours are understated, allowing your environment to be the star. Select from wood, metal and concrete tops, polished or distressed for unique patina.
No room? Invest in a picnic rug. Or alternatively, low rattan coffee tables are handy additions to poolside and lounge areas. Perfect for resting your laptop, latest reports or just your bevvie while you rest your eyes.
Catnap in the sun? Yum. 😉
4. Craft the ambience with candlelight
As the day slides into dusk, the atmosphere is positively decadent already. Nature is doing it for you, pulling out her pastels and painting the eve in rich broad strokes.
Learn how to make your own mason lighting here. Mmmm… How’s the serenity?
5. Add festoons of green
Introduce lush greenery in unexpected spots. Opt for topiary and standing palms to accent your outdoor furniture – cheating with the artificial flowers and plants is alright by us!
Put up a trellis and coax a vine through it. Or a tomato plant for delicious rich red colour pops.
Space poor? Look up. Decorate your vertical space with hanging pots of flowers and ferns. Invest in a good-looking watering can for vintage flair. Plant bulbs in it if you’re so inclined.
6. The finishing touches…
Host your very own high tea complete with drop scones and cucumber sandwiches. Chill the bubbles in a Gatsby-gorgeous ice-bucket.
Like an edge of the exotic in your aesthetic? Pique your space with red-hot hues and inky indigo blues for a touch of the Marrakesh markets. Opt for ornate pillows adorned in Moroccan designs and polished metal urns for an eastern vibe.