The end of summer can feel like it’s the end of the warm nights spent enjoying outdoor barbecues, parties, and casual catch-ups with family and friends. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
You can continue enjoying your outdoor space well into winter. All you need to do is add a few elements to help insulate your space from the cold, generate heat, and create a cosy, inviting outside entertaining area.
Use these seven tips to extend the good outdoor times through autumn and winter.
1. Invest in proper outdoor heating
Beat the winter cold by adding a source of heat near seating areas outside. You can choose from a range of outdoor heaters including electric and gas patio heaters, chimeneas and pellet heaters. With the proper heater for your space, you and your mates can stay outdoors longer for that much-needed catch-up.
2. Get a fire pit for a cosy ambience
A heater may keep you warm but for a truly cosy ambience a fire pit might be right up your alley. A good old fashioned bonfire will crank up the heat and also act as a focal point for people to gather around. Better still, bring out the marshmallows and truly create that campfire experience. Check out our range of fire pits here.
3. Add warm, cheerful vibes and colours
Heat sources aside, you can add some natural warmth to your outdoor living area with comfy outdoor accessories such as pillows, throws, and blankets and decor such as soft furnishings and artwork. The beauty of accessories and decor is that you can easily change them as the seasons change. So store away your summer pastels and bring out the winter warm-coloured, textured cushions and pillows to inject warmth and personality into your outdoor area.
4. Light up your space
It gets dark earlier during the cooler months so you may need a bit more lighting on the patio. Light up your outdoor space with different types of lights, path markers, spotlights, fairy lights or patio string lights are all great options. To save on energy, get solar or LED lighting.
5. Invest in comfortable weather-resistant furniture
Furniture is an important addition to any relaxation space. To enjoy your outdoor living space beyond summer, make sure to invest in weather-resistant alfresco furniture. When buying outdoor furniture, look out for pieces made from materials like powder-coated steel, teak, and polyresin wicker. These materials are built to withstand the elements and last through many seasons, including winter.
6. Fire up the pizza oven
Cold weather doesn’t have to take away the fun of outdoor events. Fire up the pizza oven in your alfresco area and host a DIY pizza night for your friends and family. The chilly weather outside will soon be forgotten thanks to your gourmet pizza delights.
7. Add low-maintenance plants
Nothing brightens up a space like plants. Consider adding some low-maintenance plants like succulents to your place. Even if you’re not a green thumb - these are a great choice. They don’t need a lot of water and will thrive in both hot and cold conditions.
Don’t let the chill in the air force you into an indoors hibernation. Make the most of our tips and you won’t have to abandon your outdoor space this winter.