One of the best things about summer in Australia is the chance to dine al fresco. Whether you’re craving a refreshing bowl of salad made from your garden greens or a filling dinner of roast lamb and potatoes with your partner, these meals seem better when enjoyed al fresco.
The term “al fresco” conjures images of European sidewalk cafés, boardwalk restaurants and rooftop bars. But, if you have extra yard space, you don’t have to venture more than a few steps from your door to enjoy a delicious meal al fresco. You can simply design your own outdoor dining space.
But, more than picking outdoor dining furniture set, you can take your garden to the next level and create the perfect atmosphere for al fresco dining.
1. Pick the right flooring material
A great outdoor space, whatever its purpose, is one that looks like a natural extension of your interiors. One way to give your outdoor space this appearance is through choosing the right flooring. If, for example, you have wood floors in the kitchen, using wooden flooring or installing a wooden deck creates the perfect flow between your interior and exterior spaces.
Apart from aesthetic, though, you should also consider the practicality of the flooring material. It must be something that can support the weight of several pieces of furniture and have a surface that’s smooth and even. For this, you can explore different outdoor paving options.
2. Use Multifunctional Pieces of Furniture
If you have a small outdoor space, using multifunctional pieces for your outdoor dining area is a smart strategy. Examples of these are couches that double as storage boxes and tables with storage trays under it.
These clever, space-saving, multi-functional pieces also make your dining space look tidier. With other things tucked away and out of sight, space looks less cluttered and more put together.
3. Light the Space Up
Elevate your dining experience by creating an atmosphere using different sources of light. Add candles for a romantic vibe. If you want something brighter and more festive, outdoor string lights will give your dining area enough brightness at night, not to mention the aesthetic element a string of light bulbs brings.
Installing an outdoor fireplace is another option. A fabulous fireplace can become a focal point of the space. What’s more, it will effectively keep you and your guests warm when the summer ends and the cooler seasons begin.
4. Bring in Some Shade
An overhead cover can pull all of the abovementioned design ideas together. Protect your flooring, your furniture and your guests from the direct heat of the sun and unexpected rain showers in Brisbane with a patio roof, which patio builders can easily install.
A covered patio allows for that al fresco dining experience without leaving you and your dining set at the mercy of the elements. What’s more, the right patio cover, along with the flooring, helps to establish a great indoor-outdoor flow. With different structural designs and types of roofing to choose from, you can customise it to fit the look of your home.
Elevate Your Outdoor Dining Area with Just Patios
It’s easy to find or DIY the first three things on the list above, but when it comes to your patio, it’s best to let professionals handle it. Just Patios, one of Brisbane’s most trusted patio builders, is ready to take on this task. We can transform your simple outdoor dining area into a functional and comfortable oasis where you can eat, drink, and laugh with your friends and family all year round.
Interested? Contact us today to request a free quote.