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Most of us are itching to get the sun loungers out and the barbecue on. If your outdoor space needs a bit of work, here’s seven thought-starters from the trendspotters at NZ House & Garden
Wicker furniture has come on in leaps and bounds since the days it was confined to the conservatory. Now many ranges have a modern aesthetic that emulates the look and comfort of your living room sofa. Modular sections can adapt to any space and soft cushions and side tables complement the set up. Look for all-weather furniture with wicker and cushion fabrics that are UV-stablised.
Take a tip from wise old salty sea dogs and let teak be your table. Used in boat-building for centuries, teak is a proven winner in sun, rain and snow. Durable and low maintenance, it ages to a silver-grey patina, or you can apply oils or sealers if you want to keep its natural warm tones.
MIX IT UP
It’s a good idea to anchor the space with furniture such as tables, chairs and outdoor sofas, then mix in casual classics like beanbags and oversized cushions that can be brought outside to create impromptu zones for eating and lounging.
Many people have a love/hate relationship with the beanbag; they’re good to get into, not so easy to get out of. Look for one that combines the best of both worlds: the comfort of a beanbag with an upright seat that sits higher off the ground.
Capture the casual pub atmosphere at home with long-legged tables: they’re fun! Leaners will bring out the barfly in you. You can team a high table with tall stools for comfort, but if space is limited (like at a party) it can be used without them.
Don’t finish with just one finish. A combination of materials makes for a less contrived space. Mix timber with stone or steel; painted or raw surfaces.
Not all furnishings have to be substantial to withstand the elements. Tables and chairs made from polycarbonate are very light on their feet and look great on the deck.
– NZ House & Garden
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