Create Your Ideal Outdoor Space

The hustle and bustle of inner city living, the cool calm coastal sea breeze, or the fresh open spaces of the country – it’s all possible with these handy design hints.

Often people feel restricted as to the look they can create for their outdoor space, as they fear it will not fit into their local area. To help fight this fallacy, Director of Wintons Teak, Anton Siswoyo, offers style guidelines that make creating a range of outdoor looks easy.

To create an urban feel, use flooring such as wooden decking or dark-coloured deck tiles that give a sophisticated look. For the furniture, city dwellers tend to prefer simple, sleek pieces that are made from industrialised materials such as stainless steel or processed timbers. These are also usually practical, as space saving in urban areas is important. Fixed top tables and backless benches such as the Allure are popular, as the chairs can be conveniently tucked underneath the table when not in use.

Nothing says relaxation quite like the beach, so to ensure your outdoor area creates the same feel, be sure to keep things simple. Coastal residents tend to opt for natural textures in lighter shades and avoid stainless steel, which is likely to rust due to the salty air. Light sand or pebbles can be used on the ground to complement the look of the furniture. Sofas settings such as the Manhattan or Kobo ranges can be great to create the calm, laid back atmosphere that is typical of beach properties.

To create the ultimate country feel, be sure to choose more detailed intricate designs, with a rustic, natural aesthetic. Chunky pieces with ornamental detailing such as the Bordeaux Table are great for setting the scene and blend well with materials such as brick, timber and stone. Greenery is also prevalent in rural outdoor spaces, and can be easily incorporated with hedges or plants.

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