The weather’s warming up, which means outdoor entertaining season is almost upon us. Whether you’ve got a sliver of a balcony or a sprawling backyard, you can create a welcoming outdoor space with well-chosen furniture and a few smart styling tricks. Here’s how:
Focus on your needs
First consider how you like to entertain: Do you favour kicking back with a casual barbecue where everyone rests a plate on their lap or is formal dining more your style? If it’s the former, dispense with an outdoor table and opt for a sofa, armchair and coffee table set-up (with its thick, comfortable cushions and relaxed, low-slung lines Kun Design’s Jumbo 3-seater lounge is one of our favourites).
If you love long, lazy lunches, a dining setting is a must. An extendable table is practical if you need to cater for a crowd, while cushioned dining seats with wide armrests will encourage guests to linger.
Opt for flexible pieces
If your outdoor area is small or double-duties as somewhere to entertain and relax, seek out flexible pieces that can be reconfigured for different uses. DOMO Outdoor’s Fields Sofa/Sunlounger easily converts from a sofa to a sunlounger, and the Kun Design Nest sofa has a space-saving, built-in side table so you can go without a coffee table.
Outdoor ottomans make handy extra seating, while lightweight aluminium folding chairs can simply be tucked away when not required.
Choose the right materials
Pictured Above: Sika Design George Table and Bench
To ensure your outdoor furniture lasts the distance, choose materials that suit the setting. If your alfresco area is protected from the elements, the options are limitless; choose anything from timber furniture (such as Sika Design’s George table, which is crafted from beautiful aged teak) and natural rattan styles to ones with eye-catching leather or rope detailing.
For an exposed outdoor room, seek out pieces in hardy, UV- and weather-resistant materials such as stainless steel, powder-coated aluminium and all-weather synthetic rattan, and cushions in outdoor fabrics with quick-dry inserts.
Create indoor-outdoor flow
Pictured Above: Kun Design Nest 3-seater sofa in green
Create a sense of connection between your indoor and outdoor spaces by choosing furniture in harmonising colours, shapes and materials. Thanks to innovations in outdoor furniture design, there’s no shortage of options; think on-trend curves, pastels and styles with fine, woven detailing – all in outdoor-friendly materials.
For the latest outdoor furniture looks for alfresco spaces of every size and style, please visit your local DOMO showroom or contact our dedicated and professional showroom personnel here.
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