Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Decorating the Outdoor Room

The outdoor room is becoming the quintessential addition to the Australian home. A multipurpose, undercover spot to enjoy some quiet reading, catching up with friends or even watching some TV, the outdoor room has the advantage of the fresh, natural breeze while still being protected from the elements.

Decorating an outdoor room is much like decorating an indoor room. Create a theme and decorate with furniture, soft furnishings, art and plants.

Lindy Evans from Windemere Interiors says an outdoor room is a great opportunity to create a super stylish or bright and cheerful space. "You don't have to play it safe when it comes to decorating an outdoor room," says Lindy, "start with a neutral base and accessorise with colourful cushions, rugs, mirrors and wall art for a funky look."

There are lots of products for outdoor rooms and it's recommended to use furniture specifically made for the outdoors. Polyurthene furniture wears well outdoors, but if you use timber, ensure it's treated and protected regularly.

Soft furnishings designed for the outdoors are useful too, to get longer wear out of your decoration. Outdoor rugs and cushions are made from weatherproof, easy to clean materials designed to weather the elements.

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