Got a small outdoor area? Well, even the smallest of space can be converted into a tranquil, relaxing oasis. This blog covers topics that will help you create your ideal petite retreat. Amongst other things, topics include choosing the right type of furniture for your weather conditions; 'how to guides' to achieve the look you're after and tips to maximise small spaces.
With its airy, casual feel, and light colour palette taking inspiration from sand, sea and sky, it’s no wonder that Coastal style is an increasingly popular design choice in Australian homes. Its seems the perfect fit for our perennial summer lifestyles.
A key hallmark of this style is the blurred line between interior and exterior, which again, too, complements the Alfresco Australian home. Achieving the coastal look indoors, is pretty easy with a wide array of products available in Australian retailers. Achieving a seamless extension of this look to the outdoors, can be a little more challenging. The natural materials (cane, wicker, jute) so typical of this style, don't stand up well to the Aussie outdoors as they’re susceptible to mould, cracking and fading.
Of course, synthetic wicker patio furniture has been around for a while, but mostly in more boxy modern styles and darker colours which don't really suit the Coastal style. Well great news: manufacturer’s have now responded and the classic split cane styles are available in all weather formats: strong rustproof aluminium frames with uv treated weather resistant polywicker in whites and pastels. Likewise, outdoor rugs are available in washable, weatherproof formats that are natural looking and soft underfoot. So now you can get the look plus the durability, maintenance free, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the Aussie outdoors.