Nothing beats enjoying the Australian summer, day or night, surrounded by good company in your very own outdoor entertaining area. For most of us, this is one of the biggest things to look forward to when it comes to the holiday season.
The challenge is that this often means having the space, layout, and style to ensure you’re able to make the most of hosting at home, or even just to enjoy with your own household. In this quick blog post, we’re covering off some of our favourite tips to create a more enjoyable outdoor space for summer.
Avoid black surfaces when it’s hot outside
We all love spending quality time in our backyards during the warmer months, but it can be tough to keep your space looking (and feeling) great when it’s thirty-odd degrees out.
A lot of people think that using black or very dark colours in their outdoor entertaining area’s furniture looks cool, and it’ OK for some surfaces. However, when it comes to concrete or pavers, darker palettes can have the opposite effect — they will absorb heat from the sun and make the area feel hotter than it could be.
Invest in a pergola to make a summer-ready outdoor space
Pergolas are an ideal way to provide shade for your outdoor entertaining area. They can be used to add aesthetic appeal and character to your property. Go for modern minimalist style to classic rafters dressed with climbing plants, curtains, or hanging chairs – the possibilities are endless.
Pergolas are typically built on a frame of sturdy wooden columns that can be freestanding or attached to existing structures such as walls, decks, or patios. They can also be placed in the centre of the yard or be attached to a fence, wall, or deck, making them completely versatile for the modern home.
Add colourful decor and lighting for mood
Adding vibrant décor and lighting to your outdoor entertaining area is a great way to enhance its appearance and make it more welcoming to visitors. Simply add string lights, lanterns, picnic baskets or any other number of items to give your area a splash of colour and brightness, without having to spend a fortune.
Remember, the more cheerful your space looks, the more likely people will want to stay and enjoy the ‘summer vibe’ that we love in contemporary design.
Add texture with grasses or small shrubs
If you’re looking to add an extra edge to your space, use ground cover plants – such as grasses and creeping thyme – to bring texture and colour to specific parts. These plants can be easily grown in containers and added around existing outdoor furniture. Select options that add height, vibrancy or texture to your summer-ready outdoor space. Additionally, perennials – such as daylilies, asters, salvia, Japanese anemones and butterfly bushes – can turn your garden into a true work of art.
Get the best views with smart landscaping
Landscape design is an easy way to increase curb appeal and value without breaking the bank, but a higher-end, state-of-the-art result often requires a professional touch. When you’re after backyard transformation to reinvent your property and add more curb appeal, our experts can help you remodel the way your space looks and feels. From enchanting water features to creating dramatic lighting systems – we can do it all.
Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the summer season and let nature and the great outdoors set the atmosphere for your next big occasion. Get in touch with our team now to see how we can help you kickstart your project.