Working with outdoor space is always fun, as there is so much natural beauty and décor to capitalise on. Durban has some of the best weather in the world, all year round - with winter being something we only see in the movies. It would be crazy not to have an outside area to enjoy, entertain and show off.
We created a very natural outdoor element with this project, in the midst of the gorgeous bush and beauty. Outdoor areas generally provide ample space to move around and relax in, as this garden setting did. We took advantage of the open area with a spacious hardwood table and chairs. Hardwoods are perfect for outdoor areas, as they endure against any bad weather, and are easily treated to keep them looking fresh.
We chose vibrant, eye-catching colours for our décor, to stand out against the natural outdoor elements and to give this setting a fun feel. The use of subtle lighting around the tree provides ambience for an evening event, and is an unobtrusive feature.
TREND SPOTLIGHT – OUTDOOR SPACES
Outdoor spaces are perfect for hosting events, and provide a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Here are some key elements that you need when planning your space:
- Purchase seating that can withhold the elements and be easily cleaned, folded down or moved when need be.
- Lighting is essential for evening events, and they provide a simple, useful means of beauty and décor.
- If you don’t have the privilege of having a beautiful garden view, you can add imagery of gorgeous greenery and unique potted plants to add a fresh, homely feel to your outside area.
- Bright, vibrant colour is essential, as it brings out that cheerful, happy feeling that summer exudes.
A formal lounge setting is generally clean, simple and sophisticated. This lounge concept is inspired by the clients’ colour choices of brown and gold, and was worked on a tight budget. We kept the look and feel elegant, yet comfortable, with the warm, natural colours of the walls and furniture. Clever, ambient lighting is both affordable and easily adaptable to any lounge setting. We chose lighting that catches the eye and creates that sophisticated look.
HOW TO WORK WITH A BUDGET
An area can still look amazing, even on a tight budget. By having key elements, such as a T.V unit, lighting and beautifully designed and painted walls, you can keep costs down and still make it look exquisite. Walls give you a beautiful big, open canvas that can be painted in unique ways, and brighten up a room. Browse through Pinterest for a couple hours, you will find inspiration on various ways to liven up your walls.
Lighting is another easy way to turn your drab into fab. Hang a beautiful chandelier from your ceiling and add some unique standing lamps, placed against a freshly painted wall, for a gorgeously lighted feature in your room.
Make sure you shop around - you don’t have to go for expensive, top of the range things – you will find some fantastic selections at reasonable prices. Check out www.mrphome.com, www.weylandts.co.za or www.lightingwarehouse.co.za for some inspiration.