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Central Queensland News - - RESIDENTIAL | REAL ESTATE - Can­dles and lanterns cre­ate an awe­some place to en­joy in the evening and make the space an ex­ten­sion of the home

SICK of the dodgy old couch tak­ing up space on your front ve­ran­dah? A stylish and well-dressed front ve­ran­dah will pro­vide a cosy out­door space for you to en­joy year-round and im­prove the street pres­ence of your home.

Not to men­tion serve as prime po­si­tion to ob­serve neigh­bour­hood go­ings-on. Here are some styling ideas to get you started.

Match your style

The style of your front ve­ran­dah should match the era of your home, says stylist Adam Robin­son from Adam Robin­son De­sign.

“Look to the style of ar­chi­tec­ture for in­spi­ra­tion,” he says. “Is it a classic Cal­i­for­nian bun­ga­low, some­thing re­ally mod­ern or a 60s red brick? From there, de­ter­mine the style and fur­ni­ture of your ve­ran­dah. A classic house needs classic styling and a con­tem­po­rary house calls for con­tem­po­rary styling. Your front porch should com­plete your home.”

Choose hardy plants

A spot of green­ery will lift the ap­peal of your ve­ran­dah, and hardy plants mean greater im­pact for less main­te­nance.

“Use de­signer painted pots as a fea­ture with hardy plants like gi­ant cacti and suc­cu­lents which can han­dle the weather and still look good with­out be­ing high main­te­nance,” says in­te­rior de­signer and stylist Anastasia Di­nos from Mood De­sign.

Robin­son says big­ger pots have greater im­pact as they are vis­i­ble from the street, front yard and inside the home.

“It’s bet­ter to go with fewer larger, nicer pots rather than gath­er­ing lots of lit­tle ones, which can look messy. And re­mem­ber, your front porch might not have ir­ri­ga­tion so choose hardy plants that will look good all year round.” and be sure to dress it up with a throw and cush­ions.”

An­chor your out­door fur­ni­ture with a rug. Jute and sisal, leather, cot­ton and wool, along with more prac­ti­cal syn­thetic ma­te­ri­als, are great choices.

“Use a polypropy­lene out­door mat for some colour or keep it earthy by us­ing wo­ven jute – but only if it’s com­pletely pro­tected from the rain,” says Di­nos.

Ex­per­i­ment with ex­tras

Show your per­son­al­ity with cute fit­tings and funky de­sign el­e­ments. Choose a name for your home and at­tach a per­son­alised sign next to your front door, paint the deck a vi­brant colour or in­stall a quirky light fit­ting.

“Have fun with things like a door bell, colour­ful door or house num­bers,” says Robin­son. An­gela Tufves­son


An­chor your out­door fur­ni­ture with a rug. VAN-RIET GRAY

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