Summer is just around the corner and when the warmer weather hits you will want to make the most of your outdoor entertaining area. Designing a space which is both inviting and practical can be a challenge and will take some forward planning. Enjoying the sunset with friends, family BBQs and a quiet drink at the end of a long working day are all activities which deserve a dedicated area outdoors.
At Allscapes WA we can expertly assist you with any landscaping requirements, and here are our top tips for designing an outdoor entertainment area:
Understand the Space
When designing your outdoor entertainment area, it is important to understand what it will be used for, and how much time you have to maintain it. Be strategic with positioning to make the most of the sun and the shaded areas. If you have a pool, consider paving seamlessly between the seated area and the wet area to maintain a sense of consistency. Plan which areas may benefit from greenery, retaining walls, paths and lawn, with artificial lawn also being a practical option. The function of your space will determine what you want outdoors, whether it is a bar or an area to play cricket, your design should suit your lifestyle. Even a small outdoor area can accommodate guests by using a minimalistic approach.
Bring the Inside Out
One trend we have been seeing lately is merging the indoors with the outdoors. Comfortable seating, and colours which reflect the indoors will blur the lines between the two areas. Outdoor kitchens are popular, and the result is no one being left out of the conversation by having to rush inside to wash the dishes. There is now a range of outdoor furniture and cushions which are both cosy and weatherproof, and these allow you to infuse some style into your entertainment area. A television and speakers can create ambience, and give the space a living room feel without sacrificing the unique outdoor setting.
Create a Focal Point
An entertainment area will be enhanced when you have a focal point. This could be a firepit or feature wall, and should be a piece which brings everything together. If you are short on space, this feature could be something as simple as a retaining wall filled with colourful plants, or a unique bush placed where everyone can see it. Stone tiles, a quirky outdoor stool or even mood lighting will accentuate the area, depending on the theme you have chosen. An outdoor pizza oven gives a rustic feel, while still being practical for entertaining.
A Comfortable Design
In addition to your outdoor entertaining area being easy to manage with all the aesthetic features you want, it should be a space which oozes comfort. You can use the space all year round with a few simple installations. You can include gas heating, outdoor fireplaces or fire pits for winter use, and outdoor blinds are an effective way to shield you from any wind or rain. In summer, ceiling fans will circulate the air, and plants can be placed in highly lit positions to offer additional shade. The right landscaping will make your outdoor entertaining area low maintenance all year round, and reduce the amount of mud being dragged through the house.
At Allscapes WA we can assist with all of your landscaping needs and create an outdoor space you will be able to enjoy. Please contact us today to find out how we can transform your entertaining area.