Creating an outdoor room is the perfect way to extend your space from the inside out and you can easily carry any style right through your home.
One of the easiest styles however, is contemporary. With a focus on showcasing space rather than things, it won’t matter if you’ve got room to move or just enough space for a simple, cosy chair.
This style allows you to showcase your own personal flair while keeping it simple, yet sophisticated.
But there are some key things to keep in mind. Here are some key considerations for creating a contemporary outdoor room.
Just like you create areas in your home, an outdoor room can be broken up into zones using clever styling and partitioning of areas.
Zoning your space will help to create practical areas that can be used for multiple reasons all year round. In general, outdoor rooms are usually sectioned off with three walls or fences, creating the enclosed space.
You can break this space up by adding an area of potted plants, another space with cushions and seating and another with an outdoor fireplace for the cooler months. The key thing to remember is to incorporate simple styling, texture and clean lines.
If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, focus on one area and style it using high and low points including plant stands or trellises and cushions or an outdoor mat.
Consider a cover
The harsh sun that comes with an Aussie summer can see you retreating inside, so any shade you add to your outdoor room will be well worth it.
A retractable awning is a great option as it adds cover from the elements when needed and can be easily retracted to open the space up again.
When it comes to carrying out the contemporary look, neutral colours teamed with black and white work best, especially against bold decorative features like pots, artwork and cushions.
These awnings are available in a range of styles and colours, so it won’t be difficult to find one that works and can even come with added accessories such as wind sensors, heating and lighting.
Apart from offering a stylish and practical solution to covering your space, it also creates a seamless indoor-outdoor living area.
Keep it functional
It’s easy to get carried away with styling, but remember to keep it functional.
While some consider a contemporary space to be minimalist and simple, this isn’t necessarily the case. Contemporary homes go hand in hand with comfort and have a fresh, welcoming feel and this should carry through to the outdoor space.
This theme should be front of mind when selecting furniture and accessories, but before you fall in love with a new outdoor setting or lounge, make sure if fits properly in your space and will serve its purpose.
Also, consider where and when the sun will hit your outdoor room and use this to your advantage by shading areas that will be commonly used and decorating with plants that love the sunlight.
Let there be light
Natural light is key to creating a contemporary room on the inside of the home and so on the outside it couldn’t be easier. An abundance of natural light will keep things feeling fresh, lively and bright. If you choose to enclose your room with two or more walls, consider using materials that let lots of natural light through like decorative metal screens or plant trellises.
At night, light is still important. Try to incorporate shapely light fixtures made of metal to enhance the contemporary feel.
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