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I want my outdoor area to feel spacious and welcoming, where do I start?
Lisa Mackee (Carvey)
Outdoor spaces that connect to the indoor living area or kitchen will always be used more. Large sliding or bi-folding doors will create an indoor/outdoor feel and your outdoor space will feel like an extension of your living space
People can forget to think of their outdoor area exactly the same as their indoor spaces! You can have beautiful outdoor furniture, lighting, heating, greenery, art plus you have the advantage of creating a beautiful view with your landscaping. Just make sure you weather-proof everything.
Lighting and plants are the key ingredients to a beautiful outdoor setting. There are many flameless outdoor candles and battery-operated lamps that can be used on tables, next to outdoor settings and in votives to add interest at night. Potted plants in varying colours and heights can be clustered to add colour and drama. Succulent plants make it easier as they don’t require much maintenance or watering.
How do I choose a colour scheme or materials that I know I'll still love in 10 years time?
I always recommend choosing a neutral colour scheme and adding accessories in your favourite bright colours that can be easily swapped over as trends change over time. Think about using natural materials that can survive the elements, especially in our hot Aussie summers. Quality timbers and stone are always great options and can be used for your furniture, decks or styling.
There is one colour that never goes out of style – white! White on white is a dramatic, yet soothing colour scheme that works equally well with other neutrals or coupled with colours that come from furnishings, cushions and accessories that can be changed to shift the mood of any room.
Lisa Mackee (Carvey)
Choose something you like now but that will stand the test of time. Look at the style of your home and then use a website like Houzz or Pinterest to see what colour schemes are typically used on that style of home to get an idea of what works. It can also depend on whether you are trying to modernise your home or keep a traditional look.