If you live in Australia, your garden is a lot more than just something to look at through the window, and most homeowners realise that the terrace provides an opportunity to create a unique living space. If you are into entertaining and have a large enough patio, an outdoor kitchen is the perfect ingredient, and with stylish awnings and the right lighting, you have the perfect al fresco dining area. The furniture is also important, and unlike your interior 3-piece suite, your terrace furniture needs to be durable as well as comfortable.
The best way to assess garden furniture is to see it in a natural setting, and depending on where you live, there would likely be a garden centre nearby, where you can actually experience the furniture and get the feel of things. There are a few outdoor furniture stores in Australia already, and they have a vast expanse of area, with tasteful plots that highlight their products, and all in an outdoor setting, as you would expect. There are so many styles, you could easily spend a morning walking around, and with no pushy salespeople, you can relax and try out the hammock or swinging bed for yourself.
With professional design application, the furniture is very much co-ordinated to achieve a certain look, and with everything laid out, right down to the cocktail glasses and serviettes, you can also get some great design ideas. Themed terraces are becoming popular, and the trend came from southern Europe, where they also have lovely summers and their outdoor areas are very much a part of the house.
Once you take away the furniture, a patio is not much to look at, and by removing the existing furniture, you basically have a blank canvas, on which anything can be created. Some pine furniture and dried grass makes for a warm and inviting ambience, and with some clever lighting and the right shading, you can literally transform an outdoor area.
Large outdoor furniture retailers are not really retailers at all, as most actually fabricate the furniture, which means you are buying from the manufacturer. Prices are so affordable, you can change all of your existing items and start from scratch with a new design, and that would cost less than the average lounge suite. When a new line arrives, which is very often, they need to make room, so there are sometimes real bargains to be had. Garden furniture need not be expensive, and if it is well-made using quality materials, it will give you and your family many years of outdoor comfort.
There are many different styles, as with interior furniture, and you shouldn’t select anything until you have spent some time browsing the online suppliers’ websites, as you are likely to find something that really does tick all the boxes if you look around. The rest of the décor can be based on the furniture, and with the right lighting and shading, you can create the perfect outdoor relaxation area.