How to make the most of your outdoor space

05 Dec 2016

Vision
Before you begin any work on your outdoor area, it’s important to have a realistic view of the space you have to work with. How do you use the space currently and what’s missing? Write out a list of “must haves” and make sure you take plenty of measurements so you know what you have to work with.

Merge the out with the in 
Creating an outdoor space that blends seamlessly with the indoor is a fantastic way of making your interior space feel bigger, brighter and more contemporary. Try sticking to similar tones and keep the style of the outdoor area consistent with the interior of your home. It will create the feeling of another room to the house, instead of a distant space you occasionally use when entertaining.

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Have a Focal Point
Well-designed indoor rooms typically build off one particular element, for example, a piece of furniture or artwork enabling the rest of the furnishing to support that piece. The same principle applies to outdoor spaces. Try centering a water feature, fire pit or large potted plant and build your area around that particular piece.

Create Comfort
Make your outdoor area more inviting by dressing it with plush textiles and comfortable furnishings. A wooden bench might seem durable and ideal for outdoors, but you can make it more appealing with beautiful outdoor cushions.Your outdoor space will feel as good as it looks when you choose loungers, chairs and sofas . To create extra visual appeal and comfort, try adding large cushions or even an outdoor rug!
 
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Outdoor Heating
When the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, it can be easy to retreat inside the home and say goodbye to outdoor entertaining - but we think that's such a shame! With the abundance of outdoor heating options on the market now, it's easier than ever to warm up an outdoor space. We love heat strips, patio heaters and fire pits to beat the chill, so you can enjoy the outdoors all year round!

Lighting
Give your outdoor space some evening ambiance by adding the right amount of light. Turn off harsh spotlights for gatherings; instead, try lanterns, candles or fire pits to add atmosphere. Bunnings Warehouse has a great range of different types of lighting and great advice on installation and what will look best in your space. You can also use strategically placed lights to call attention to your “focal point” or other decorative features.

Try Affordable Updates
It’s easy to get sick of colour schemes and patterns; fortunately, it’s relatively inexpensive to upgrade and swap outdoor living accents. Try adding new cushion covers, refreshed slipcovers and colourful pot plants to instantly freshen up the space. But make sure you only purchase UV resistant fabrics that will stand the test of time (and weather) until it’s time for your next upgrade!
 

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