The outdoor room is fast becoming part of the home – just as important as any other interior space. While people are starting to pay more attention to these areas, many are still opting for the basic materials and design for their furniture. Director of Wintons Teak, Anton Siswoyo, gives some helpful tips on how to break the rules, while still maintaining a stylish look.
“The important thing that a lot of people don’t realise is that there are no ‘rules’,” says Anton.
“It’s really just about being creative, having fun and making sure you make the most of each piece of furniture.”
The first and potentially most important tip is, don’t be afraid to use some colour in your outdoor settings. Often people stick to timber furniture, and so many are not aware that there are now lots of stylish, durable materials on the market, such as wicker and batyline.
A touch of colour can really bring outdoor settings to life, and can help give a summery feel. Start small by adding coloured cushions to your outdoor sofa.
For those who simply refuse to stray from a neutral palette, try experimenting with different materials and textures. Wicker comes in a variety of weave patterns, so you can choose the one that best suits your style and outdoor space. Add wicker chairs to a timber table for a completely unique look, which can be easily updated over time.
For those who don’t have the budget to update their furniture, try using key outdoor pieces in different ways. Sun loungers can be used as a backless bench, while stools and storage units can double as coffee tables.
For those who just can’t go past timber materials, why not try using a different type of timber in your furniture to transform your outdoor space? Create a new look while still maintaining the strength and durability of timber. Mature, distressed teak will give that raw, rustic look, while A-Grade teak gives a refined, elegant aesthetic.
Finally, don’t be afraid to move things around. People can often be surprised by how different a room, be in internal or external, can look if the furniture is rearranged. Try moving the dining table to a different corner and incorporate a few stand-alone chairs or benches.
For more information visit www.wintonsteak.com.au.