Enough with the cloudy and rainy weather! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for summer to finally rear it’s head…. In the spirit of dreaming of summer, I wanted to share my ideas and finds for updating your outdoor room/area this season.
The principles for creating the perfect outdoor room-whether it be for lounging, entertaining or dining alfresco- has not changed in the last 2 years since I first wrote about outdoor spaces here. The key is to treat it like a room IN your house, thus merging the indoors and outdoors seamlessly.
I can’t stress enough how by utilizing a rug, will change your patio or terrace and make it feel more like a room. I just love the new range of Island outdoor rugs from Hertex. The print is reminiscent of Mediterranean/Moroccan patterned tiles and the colours are fresh. A big plus about these rugs is that they are made from 100% polypropylene and can be hosed down; also the print and colour won’t fade from the sun, so they are super practical too. You can buy yours thru Styleast so contact us for sizes and pricing.
2.Introduce something concrete
Concrete is a material that have been obsessing about for a while. Whilst concrete is often relegated to industrial-style interiors only, I think the introduction of this texture really looks good in an outdoor space and compliments the rattan and timber of typical outdoor furniture. It is also very hardy so is a perfect surface for standing up to beer bottles, wine spills and braai tongs.
3.Oversized outdoor cushions
I am not talking about scatters here, but much larger daybed-type cushions… Ideal for lounging on the deck or a summertime siesta. This is a more casual alternative to traditional lounger, which I think suits the whole shift of current trends towards tribal inspired interiors.
One of my favorite things to do to change up a space is to add an accent stool. Not only are they multi-functional; but they really add interest to a space as a grouping, or even alone. I love that you can use them as a surface to rest your drink, sunnies or holiday novel, but also as a stool when entertaining en-masse. An accent stool is a great way to introduce a pop colour or new texture to your space. There are so many options available from laqured bamboo, distressed metals to glazed ceramic and raw unfinished stumps of timber (love them dipped). Here is a selection of a few
5.Add a pendant light
If your outdoor area permits, hang a pendant light. It is another subtle change that will totally transform your space. Whether in the centre of a seating area or over an outdoor table, a pendant light will highlight the space and give it an extra something special. Lighting is so important in creating mood and atmosphere, so in order to achieve the perfect space for entertaining outdoors this summer, pay special attention to it. Also don’t forget lots of lanterns and candles. It’s all about the glow!
And don’t forget to accessorize your pool too! I can’t resist the fun inflatables that are taking over my Instagram…. I’ll be taking the gold swan please!
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Styleast for outdoor rugs and accent stools: 0720332322 / email@example.com
@home Living Space for a large selection of pendant lights and concrete dining and coffee table: www.home.co.za
So Spoilt for giant iflatables: https://www.sospoilt.co.za/product-category/giant-inflatable-floats/