Take the indoors outdoors this winter
How to make the most of your outdoor living space all year round.
Queenslanders love making the most of our beautiful weather and the winter months are no exception.
Your outdoor area is an extension of your home and lifestyle, so follow these tips to get outdoors and embrace the chilly evenings.
In south-east Queensland, August is renowned for two things: the Ekka and harsh winter wind.
Installing outdoor bistro blinds on your deck or veranda can help to stop the wind and insulate the area when the temperature drops.
Retractable fabric privacy panels are another solution to escaping strong winds. The privacy panels are cheaper than bistro blinds and can be moved into different positions. Most come equipped with ties, bolts and tent pegs to ensure they stay put in inclement weather.
Turn up the heat
The promise of toasting marshmallows over an open fire is a sure-fire way to entice family and friends into the backyard on a cold night.
Firepits and braziers are a great source of warmth and a cheap way to add character to your outdoor area. Most braziers and firepits can easily be packed away over the summer months or, depending on the material, can double as an esky over summer.
If you’re after something more permanent, outdoor radiant heaters can be wall mounted and connected to the home gas or electricity supply.
See the light
There are many options to light your outdoor space.
Overhead lights are useful when enjoying a meal or playing games but switching off overhead lights and using lamps around the perimeter can create an inviting atmosphere.
Semi-permanent string lights installed over your patio will allow you to entertain with ease at any time of year. Fairy lights can also be draped from tree branches to instantly create outdoor ambiance.
Often used at resorts, ‘uplighting’ (strategically placing lights on the ground and pointing them up), can improve the ambience of your outdoor space and turn any trees or plants into a feature.
Bring the indoors out
The Swedish concept of ‘mysa’, or cosying up, is all about feeling content and comfortable in your home.
Channel your inner-Swede and layer your outdoor lounge setting with plush outdoor cushions, cosy blankets and an outdoor rug.
Make your outdoor area ‘mest mysiga’ (cosiest) with scented candles in hurricane lamps, fresh flowers, a hot water bottle and a warm mug of mulled wine or hot chocolate.