Create a Beautiful, Functional Outdoor Space for All Seasons
Author: Maria Laitinen Date Posted:23 January 2019
The warmer months are a perfect time to focus on your outdoor area, no matter what size it might be. As is often the case, your patio might have to serve a variety of purposes, from drying your laundry to entertaining your guests. Creating a beautiful space that can do all this is not hard, but needs a bit of planning.
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Start by visualising what you would like your patio or garden to look like and what you would like to use the space for. If you have a smaller space, like a balcony, then you might need to evaluate how much entertaining you are planning on doing, versus how practical you need the space to be in a daily use.
If you have the luxury of furnishing your outdoor area from scratch, then spend some time considering what size you’d like the furniture to be and what kind of pieces you would use the most. There is no real point cluttering the space with a full dining set if you know you would rather sit down at a more relaxed setting.
Larger furniture is harder to move around and therefore might be harder to maintain and look after. In addition, a small space will easily look cluttered if the furniture is too big. Since these pieces will be exposed to all weather conditions, make sure to choose high quality materials that can handle the harsh Australian climate.
Photo: Marimekko tableware
Finally, think carefully about the details. Plants that don’t need meticulous maintenance are always a safe choice. Add candles and lanterns for a cosiness and finish the whole setting with an outdoor rug. Pappelina rugs are a perfect choice for your pool and outdoor areas; they are easy to clean and incredibly durable. There is a variety of colours and sizes available to suit all kinds of decoration styles.
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For your table, choose beautiful tableware, like Marimekko, to take your outdoor dining to a new level. There are plenty of beautiful colours and patterns to choose from, perfect for any season.
With the bones in place, your outdoor space will be a breeze to update to a cooler season. Add throws and candles for winter nights and enjoy your patio throughout the year.