Wish List: Outdoor Living
The Aussie backyard is no longer simply a place to hang out wet washing and BBQ a few snags. More and more homeowners are creating a resort-like atmosphere outside their backdoor, with quality furnishings, outdoor kitchens and plasma screens. In this article, Bernie shares how to make the great outdoors an extension of your home.
Outdoor kitchens and bars: Requests for outdoor kitchens and bars is on the increase as Australians’ love affair with outdoor entertaining continues.
With a vast number of exterior kitchen designs available, more homeowners are investing in state-of-the-art equipment and quality finishes normally found in an indoor kitchen. They are also requesting a greater number of features outside, from ovens, barbecues, fridges, dishwashers, sinks, storage drawers and benches.
Stylish and practical, an outdoor kitchen makes large scale entertaining more manageable and enjoyable, as well as significantly boosting the re-sale value of your property.
Quality furnishings: Outdoor products are looking more and more like indoor products, with the mixing of materials, patterns and colours; wood, iron, copper and stainless steel, to name a few. The key rule is to keep comfort in mind when creating the ultimate outdoor living area – think throw cushions, ergonomic furniture, and luxurious textured fabrics. The days of cheap vinyl outdoor furniture are over – choose fabrics that breathe. Checkout the gorgeous, durable easy care outdoor rugs!
Technology: Products once only obtainable indoors are being developed for the increasingly popular outdoor living space, such as: heated towel racks for the pool, plasma screens, high tech sound systems and specialty lighting.
Shades and pergolas: With Australia’s hot climate, investing in a quality outdoor sunshade or pergola will mean you can spend more time enjoying the outdoors without the danger of turning into a lobster. Position a luxurious day bed underneath your pergola and while away the afternoon with a good book in hand.
Outdoor shower: Whether you have a house beside the sea or a backyard pool, an outdoor shower area provides a lovely space to cool off and unwind.
Expecting royalty at your next BBQ?
Stylish outdoor furniture now comes in a range of quality materials and weather finishes.
If you would like assistance with sourcing quality outdoor living furniture or to arrange a complimentary interior design consultation with Bernie please contact Ferrari Interiors on 0417 088 602.