Perth’s climate is perfect for dining alfresco. Enjoying a meal outdoors provides the novelty of a change of scene and the opportunity to develop a new perspective on your surroundings. It’s a great way to entertain guests, spend some relaxing time with family members, or partake in a special moment with a loved one.
Making the decision to design your own alfresco areas gives you the chance express your creativity, put a personal touch on your home and be sure that your dining experience is just how you imagine it to be. Taking matters into one’s own hands might seem a little daunting at first, but the process of creating your own alfresco designs is actually a lot of fun. Here are some tips to inspire your creativity.
Bold and Bright? Cool and Minimalist? Simple and Rustic?
There are as many possibilities for outdoor alfresco designs as there are imaginations to come up with them. It is important to take heed of your interior when considering options – alfresco areas work best aesthetically when they complement what’s indoors already. If you do decide to go for contrast, then take steps to ensure that the change is seamless.
Some individuals choose an utterly relaxing experience, with spacious lounges, benches that serve as seats and/or beds, and banana chairs. Others opt for a more intimate arrangement, mirroring an indoor dining setting, with a central table and upright seating.
It is important to remember that furniture best suited to outdoor alfresco is that which is weather resistant. Try to select items that are tough enough to withstand the elements – from UV rays to wind to heavy rain. Having to replace seating frequently due to fading and/or water damage is better avoided.
Bringing the Chef Outside
Many successful alfresco designs incorporate a kitchen. Why leave the chef inside, when he or she could be mixing with the guests while cooking? The size of an outdoor kitchen should be determined according to scale, frequency and nature of use. For some families, a small barbecue might be sufficient; for others, it might be preferable to install more comprehensive facilities, including benches, cupboards and drawers. The latter certainly means increased convenience and scope.
Dealing With the Great Outdoors: Light and Shade, Heating and Cooling, and Bugs!
Even though Perth’s climate is pleasantly reliable, fluctuations can occur. Additions such as blinds, shade screens and portable heaters can be useful in ensuring comfort, regardless of conditions. It’s also a good idea to consider protection against bugs, which can be achieved through special repellant devices and lights.
Would You Like Some Music With That?
Sometimes, the right choice of music can be the icing on the cake of a dinner party. Alfresco designs can definitely benefit from the inclusion of a sound system. Firstly, it’s important to decide how many speakers are needed and whether or not surround sound is appropriate. Also, remember that the location of power points will affect positioning – if extension cords are necessary, they should be kept out of the way.
It’s hard to imagine an Australian home without the option of the alfresco experience. Why not consider creating outdoor alfresco designs that are all your own?
About the Author
Joanne Lemke is a final year creative writing student at UOW, who is looking to break into the corporate copywriting space once she graduates and hopefully go on to eventually some day write a book around her other passions, namely finance, cooking and travel.