Outdoor entertaining with friends and family is as much a part of the Australian culture as Vegemite and Bunnings sausages. And, with the weather finally getting warmer, there’s no better time than the present to refresh your outdoor entertainment area. The good news is, you can update your space in just a weekend so you can get back to the more important things – like deciding what signature cocktails to serve at your next gathering.
Follow our tips below to make sure your outdoor entertainment area is summer-ready for your guests.
Get your garden in order
See those unsightly little weeds that are creeping up around your flowers and plants? They’re easily running your lovely, well-kept garden. Get immediate gratification by pulling or digging them out. Your outdoor area will instantly look much better. To stop them from sprouting up again, fill the empty spaces with bare soil.
You also might want to shape the edging on your garden beds, as well as trim your trees. While larger trees may require a chainsaw, smaller bushes can be trimmed with garden shears. Pull out dead or dying plants and replace them with summer-hardy plants. Lastly, cutting the grass regularly will keep your garden in tip-top shape.
Repaint your cladding
We love a sunburnt country but we don’t love it when our exterior details fade under the harsh sun. If your cladding is looking a little worse for wear, why not spruce it up with a new lick of paint? Haymes has a collection of every colour under the sun (excuse the pun) so matching the paint to your cladding will be an easy feat. Don’t forget to finish off your job with top quality acrylic paint.
Prepare your deck
It’s no secret that your deck is one of the most highly trafficked areas of a home’s exterior. And, with year-round exposure to the elements, it’s important to regularly maintain it to ensure it not only looks great but there’s no major repairs down the track. Use a high pressure hose to wash away debris and give your decking new life.
If you have a timber deck, you might want to oil or restain the surface to maintain visual appeal. Oiling your deck protects it from water damage and the harmful rays of the sun. On the other hand, staining your deck enhances and revitalises the existing colour.
Update your outdoor soft furnishings and outdoor furniture
This is a good time to check to see if your outdoor chairs and tables are still in great condition, don’t have any screws loose, and can accommodate large groups to ensure everyone has a comfy place to sit.
Get rid of any old decorations / fabrics and replace them with fresh cushions, throws and rugs in the season’s hottest colour palette. Sometimes, all you need is a colour change to feel like you’ve renovated the entire space.
Light the way
Keep conversations continuing well into the night – long after the sun has disappeared – with ambient lighting. Options include a wall or decking lights, lanterns, and fairy lights strung high above or along the fence. Of course, you might want to strategically place a few landscape lights to emphasise features, such as columns or garden beds / trees.
Add a centrepiece to your outdoor table
A personal touch to your outdoor space can be charming. A simple dish with varying sizes of pillar candles can be just what’s needed to amp the ambience. You could also add a table runner with a few succulents on top, or an ornamental lantern that coordinates with the rest of the outdoor decor.
Consider a feature wall
Homeowners, designers and builders around Australia love external cladding for its functional and aesthetic properties. Not only does it provide resistance and insulation against the harsh natural elements but it also adds personality to your outdoor area. Available in a large range of colours, textures and styles, a feature cladding wall from James Hardie may be just what you need to impress your guests this summer.
Before you get excited for summer, take the time out to clean up your outdoor area before it gets too hot to do so. For more home inspiration ideas, visit us for more tips at Hotondo Homes.