Home Outdoor Design Ideas To Keep You Outside Year-Round

Date Thursday, 10 January 2019 12:00 AM

 Time to Read: 2 minutes, 11 seconds

Are you a barbecue connoisseur? A hammock-loving bookworm? A green thumb who’s happiest in the garden? No matter what aspect of the outdoors you love, our home outdoor design ideas will get you using your backyard year-round.

Use clever design to connect inside and outside

In Australia, we’re lucky enough to have a climate that encourages an outdoor lifestyle. But how can you create an outdoor living space that’s functional and versatile, and creates a seamless indoor-outdoor flow?

  • Use a similar colour palette and complementary flooring materials between inside and outside. This way, your outdoor area will feel like an extension of your indoor living space.
  • Select folding glass doors to maximise natural light and views.
  • Opt for comfy furniture to give your outdoor space a relaxed vibe. By adding cushions, a daybed, or even a swing seat, you’ll create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.


Your go-to entertainer

When it comes to an alfresco area that’s perfect for hosting family and friends, nothing beats an outdoor kitchen. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, and a simple built-in barbecue and bar fridge will do the trick. Still at the planning stage? Then think about adding a sink, storage, and fully-plumbed fridge. If you’d like to extend the life of your outdoor area into the winter months, you could even incorporate a stone pizza oven or fire pit. Toasted marshmallows or oven-baked pizza on tap? Yes please.

Create an outdoor living room

To maximise your space, use furniture and design elements to visually separate your outdoor area into multiple zones:

  • Create a small alcove for relaxation with a cosy armchair or daybed.
  • Use flexible seating options – think ottomans, chairs, and stools – to segment a section for chatting with friends.
  • Separate the cooking and food preparation area with L-shaped seating or steps into the garden.
  • Use water features, pot plants, rugs, and retaining walls to distinguish other zones.


Quick fixes that make a big impact

If you have an existing outdoor area and limited budget, you can still add the wow factor with a few easy wins:

  • Incorporate a vertical garden filled with herbs, succulents, or flowers.
  • Inject colour with vibrant outdoor cushions, a weather-resistant rug, and patterned planter boxes.
  • Decorate with atmospheric fairy lights.
  • Choose pot plants and hanging baskets to create a lush, tropical feel.
  • Weed, mulch, and fertilise your garden to get it looking its best.


A Final Word

At G.J. Gardner Homes, many of our designs include a covered alfresco area which merges your indoor living space with the outdoors. If you’re brimming with your own ideas, you can even design a custom home that includes all your outdoor area must-haves.

Get In Touch

Looking for more information? Please select your enquiry type below, follow the prompts and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

Select a Location