In the heat of summer, a cool, shady oasis can provide a welcome escape. Increasingly popular indoors, Plantation Style, is a great look to extend outdoors onto a verandah. If you’re careful about your material and furniture choices you can even extend it to a full outdoor or poolside location.
So what exactly is Plantation Style? It also described as British Colonial Style but with British territories once stretching across Africa, India, Asia, North America, and the South Pacific, that probably doesn't narrow it down much. So enough of the history lesson.
Most typically, it is associated with the tropics and conjures up imagery of wide verandahs with cooling plantationshutters; potted plants; the sound of lazily rotating ceiling fans; and perhaps even the clink of ice in a glass of gin and tonic – the perfect respite from tropical heat.
Essentially, the style partners traditional British furniture and decor elements with local textiles, materials and plants. Think formal tempered by casual; sophisticated elegance combined with island style; and practicality merged with the exotic.
With our warm summers and humidity, (okay maybe not as bad as the tropics) Sydney climate is ideally suited to this kind of decor style. To achieve this look on your verandah or outdoor area, the key elements are:
If you’re wanting to extend the look to a full outdoor or poolside location you need to: