Five pointers to help inject life into your outdoor areas
1 A high-pressure cleaner will improve the look of paved or concrete areas and remove oil or moss build-up, according Australian Outdoor Living WA general manager Scott Gregory.
“Clean timber decking with warm, soapy water and a stiff broom, then rejuvenate with good-quality decking oil,” he said.
2 Well-placed outdoor lighting adds dimension to garden beds and outdoor seating areas, according to Perth Garden Lights owner Ali Saljoughian.
“Highlight background plants with subtle uplighting and illuminate trees with in-ground, wide-angle lights,” he said.
He also recommended spike lights in garden beds, rather than fixed, in-ground lighting.
“As your garden matures, you can move the lights around and angle them to highlight changing shapes and structures.”
3 Patio Living State manager Nick Jolley said a lined and insulated ceiling could add style to alfresco areas.
“Products such as Gyprock, white boards and marine ply reflect the quality of a home and add the most value for a look that is a natural extension to the home,” he said. 4 Screens are a great way to add impact, according to INEX Pro Outdoor Living Design & Construction director Josh Urwin. “Use panels to create an affordable modern architectural look and feel to a small space without making the area feel cramped or enclosed,” he said.
5 Poured, honed aggregate concrete, travertine or granite pavers are excellent flooring options for adding a classy base to outdoor living areas, according to Mr Jolley.
“These materials are easy to clean and more resilient to wear and tear or weathering than limestone paving,” he said.
With warmer weather setting in, now is the time to update your alfresco areas.