Homes+ (Australia) - - EXPERT ADVICE -

1. CRE­ATE PRI­VACY If it’s an over­looked area, find a way to block any pry­ing eyes. This could be as sim­ple as some tim­ber slats.

2. PRO­VIDE SHADE Here the walls pro­vide shade at dif­fer­ent times of day. A large sun um­brella or shade­cloth would also work.

3. USE ZON­ING Within a spa­cious out­door area, you can cre­ate “rooms” – here there is a dis­tinct din­ing zone and a loung­ing area.

4. CHOOSE TIME­LESS COLOURS Un­less you’re pre­pared to up­date the colour scheme ev­ery cou­ple of years, use colours that won’t date. Grey, camel and choco­late are gen­er­ally a safe bet.

5. MAKE IT EN­TIC­ING! Add a scat­ter­ing of colour­ful cush­ions, wall art, plants, fairy lights, can­dles, a wa­ter fea­ture… get creative with the trim­mings for ef­fort­less re­sort style.

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