With compact outdoor spaces, it’s important to get the measurements right before investing in furniture pieces. The best way to do this? Use painters’ tape. “This way you’ll get a sense of how all the pieces work together,” says Bunnings magazine style editor Tilly Roberts. Remember to leave enough room around your furniture so people can move through the space with ease.
The best way to transform a small patio into an outdoor room is to define the area, and an outdoor rug is the perfect solution. Tilly recommends sizing up. “Bigger is always better with rugs, even in small spaces,” she advises. Rugs need to be cared for, so always store away when not in use.
To get maximum usage out of a small area, it’s important to plan your zones. A comfortable and inviting lounge is a starting point for both entertaining or chilling out on your own. “It will create an instant casual entertaining zone and you’ll get so much use out of the space,” says Tilly. If there’s enough room, create a separate dining area with an outdoor table so you can move easily between sit-down dining and casual relaxing.
If the view around your area isn’t fabulous, improve it! Try screens and panels that can be positioned to give a plain wall a new look. “They not only help define the area as a room of its own, but add a textural dimension” says Tilly. Remember to fix them securely in place for safety. A collection of potted plants will add instant greenery and draw the eye. Choose rounded pots to bring softness into the zone.
Portable options, such as a compact BBQ and a trolley that can do double-duty as a bar cart, are always best for small outdoor spaces. When choosing a BBQ (a must-have in every outdoor entertaining space), make sure you can move it easily. A wheeled stand that can be folded up and stored away when not in use is a great match.
And now comes the fun bit! Decorate your outdoor space as you would your living room, with soft layers and cushions in a pretty colour palette to add cosiness and appeal. Ambient lighting and some stylish citronella candles are also an elegant and practical addition. And the finishing touch? “Twinkling party lights that add a touch of celebration to every occasion,” says Tilly.
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