As we head into mid-summer and the Christmas holidays, tis’ the season for outdoor entertaining, long lunches, outdoor dinner parties, cocktail soirees with besties and BBQs! Here are 5 outdoor style and design tips to help create unforgettable summer entertaining memories.

1. Create a theme

Having a theme in mind when you decorate an outdoor space will help you make style, design and colour choices that lend themselves to creating a particular ambiance and to set the scene for your preferred mood and style of entertaining, whether it’s long rustic country style lunches, a sophisticated cocktail space, a relaxed small-gathering soiree or a casual but refined backyard BBQ space.

2. Bring the indoors out

In our climate, especially over the summer months, we spend so much time relaxing in our outdoors spaces and entertaining family and friends that it makes sense to treat our outdoor spaces as we would our indoor living areas when it comes to style and design, especially for covered spaces like balconies and decks.

Treat your furniture and decoration choices as you would for your interiors – think lounges, comfy cushions, rugs and statement lighting.

3. Take the party out front

This summer’s outdoor entertaining trend is to hang out in the front yard, sip cocktails, play boules, croquet or sit on the front verandah drinking beers as you watch the world go by.

Consider turning front porches into decks, adding a front yard pizza oven, firepit or mini-golf lawn and decorate with lanterns or strings of lights to increase street appeal and create great neighbourhood vibes.

4. Decorative detail

Creative and decorative detail in outside spaces can make them all the more cosy and inviting. Whether it’s adding fairy lights, hanging decorative objects, or potted flowers and flower arrangements, incorporating creative embellishments in your outdoor space design will make it all the more appealing and unique. 

5. Lasting comfort

Inspire long lazy lunches and unhurried hours spent relaxing outside by making sure you don’t compromise on comfort when choosing outdoor furniture and seating. Make sure table seating is comfortable and consider upholstered lounges, daybeds, ample soft cushions and throws, an outdoor fan and plenty of shade options to ensure you can make the most of your outdoor spaces in true comfort and style.

Find more summer design inspiration and flooring ideas here.

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