A well-designed outdoor area can provide a relaxing retreat and a perfect place for gatherings with friends and family.
We asked Jane Wright, merchandise trend and design manager at Bunnings, for expert advice on designing an outdoor entertaining area.
Create a seamless connection
Many people now view outdoor entertaining areas as an extension of their home.
“Today's outdoor spaces are all about a natural flow, extending beyond mere indoor/outdoor integration,” Jane says. “People seek outdoor areas that emulate interiors, complete with distinct living zones for relaxation and entertainment.”
Jane recommends creating multiple linked zones in your outdoor areas. Examples include zones for dining, relaxation and play. “Defining these zones maximises space utility and simplifies decorating,” she says.
Lighting can add functionality and ambience to your outdoor area.
“Overhead lighting is ideal for food preparation areas while ambient lighting sets the mood for relaxation,” Jane explains.
She suggests using outdoor floor lamps to enhance comfort and garden feature lights to make a statement. “Strings of lights add a magical and welcoming touch and can make your outdoor space truly enchanting.”