Home Outdoor Design Ideas To Keep You Outside Year-Round
Thursday, 10 January 2019 12:00 AM
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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.