It’s also crucial to choose furniture that have been specifically made for outdoor use. Look for easy-care, robust materials and soft furnishings with removable covers. When the large pieces are in place, add the smaller decorating elements that make the area appealing. Work with your space in mind. If room is tight, keep extras minimal because having to navigate around things or risk knocking objects over doesn’t make anyone feel comfortable.
For an interior room, decide on the biggest items first, but don’t be swayed by looks alone. People don’t spend enough time trying out the big things like sofas and chairs unless it works in the way you want it to and meets your comfort requirements, it will ruin the atmosphere you are trying to create.
One large plant is always good. Consider a potted fruit tree, which is practical as well as attractive.
LIFESTYLE BY DESIGN
Set up the outdoor room to suit your lifestyle, whether you need a place to party or a quiet corner in which to unwind alone.
Entertainer’s delight needs to have easy-care flooring and plenty of unobtrusive seating for an informal crowd. Go for built-in bench seats or broad deck steps that can do double duty as seating. Install outdoor fans for comfort, low tables for glasses and snacks, and a bar with plenty of room for eskies. Food lover’s hub is centered on cooking and eating so consider a built-in barbecue with plenty of bench space and a generous table that can seat a large group. Meals are long in this household so add comfy chairs and cushions.
Kid’s zone needs to be inviting for adults and fun for children. Install a built-in sandpit, paint a chalkboard wall and buy outdoor rugs to protect delicate little knees. Make sure the area is well shaded and add lightweight tables and chairs for the mums and dads.
Reading retreat is a place to relax and unwind and is furnished with a hammock, cushions and comfy chairs for long, lazy days.
Include a softly tinkling fountain or water feature and potted palms for atmosphere, adding bamboo screens or softly floating curtains for privacy and protection from the sun.