To get year-round use out of your backyard area, you need to feel warm and cosy, right? And what better way to add warmth to your backyard than with an impressive outdoor fire pit?
A natural gas fire pit is a fantastic alternative to traditional wood fires, as they’re far easier to ignite and extinguish. Natural gas fire pits can also be a lot safer and easier to control in temperature and certainly won’t leave a blackened scorch mark in your grass.
Fire is the ultimate creature comfort in the backyard and a toasty flame can warm up the stiffest of people.
Take your outdoor area to the next level with a sunken seating area. If you want to keep your space as warm as possible, you’d be wise to consider some kind of protection from elements like wind.
Because it takes you down a few steps, a sunken alfresco area helps to shield you and your family from those teeth-chattering chills, allowing you to spend more time among nature.
Cosy seating and soft furnishings like blankets, throws and cushions aren’t reserved for the indoors – in fact, many of your favourite homewares brands produce outdoor decor and furniture in durable fabrics.
Try and choose earthy tones in materials that are made to last. This year’s colour palette has seen an abundance in Australiana-inspired hues such as sage green, terracotta and ochre yellow – and these don’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.
An array of brilliant outdoor plants brings life to an otherwise lifeless space. Choose hearty and lush plants and if your outdoor area gets a lot of sun, consider a palm or native banksia, whereas if the space sits within the shade, try a beautiful begonia.
Hot tip: Warm-weather plants, such as ferns and palms, do well throughout the seasons and may create the illusion that your space is warmer than it is.
Add a little extra
Consider including something extra special in your outdoor space to up the ante on the overall appeal. An outdoor pizza oven for example will have you itching to spend more time outdoors – regardless of what the thermometer says.