Living in Brisbane, an outdoor living lifestyle becomes customary over the warmer months. Now that summer and the holiday season is just around the corner, what better time to give your outdoor area a spruce up with some furniture and décor items.

A popular trend for the alfresco lifestyle is bringing the inside out – making your outdoor area an extension of your home with the styles and comforts of the indoors. Gone are the days of having boring spaces with ugly and chunky outdoor furniture, now it’s all about having fun with stylish furniture and décor.

While it may not be a good idea to move your white leather lounge onto your patio or deck, there are a range of ways you can make subtle or more significant changes to your outdoor room.

Furniture pieces that will help create this extension of the indoors are dining suites, swing chairs, day beds or other styles of comfortable and casual seating, poufs, coffee tables, plus shelves or tables you can use for displaying your décor items.

If you want to keep the budget down, you can go crazy with décor items and still create a comfortable and stylish room. Some items you could introduce to the space are rugs, curtains, cushions, throws, candelabras, paintings, flowers in vases, lamps, table centrepieces, tealight holders as well as any other décor pieces you may want to display.

To really create a comfortable and stylish alfresco area, you could also make some changes to your space, making it even more functional for the way it gets used (or is intended to).

You could create your own outdoor kitchen with your barbecue, a fridge or ice bucket and drinks bench/trolley. You may also want to turn your patio or deck into an entertainment space by bringing out a television and any games equipment like a pool table or dartboard. Otherwise if alfresco dinner parties are your thing, you could add items to your outdoor room like a menu chalkboard, paper goods station, drink pitches and drinkware.

Your imagination really is your limit in terms of ways to make over your patio or deck. The main point though, should be about personalising your patio or deck with the stylish features and simple comforts you enjoy in your home indoors, while taking advantage of the balmy summer nights spent outdoors.

We’ve compiled some inspiring ideas we found on Pinterest below. For more inspiration check out the Homeshield Pinterest board.


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Patio and deck decor

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Photo courtesy of Lil Luna.