Make your entertaining space sizzle
Buck the trend and reject dull colours this summer, says local interior designer
With the weather warming up, the great outdoors is back in focus.
To coincide with the sizzle season, Villeroy & Boch has expanded its BBQ Passion collection to cater for more hotplate favourites.
Included in the collection is a premium porcelain and crack-resistant burger plate, which includes compartments to separate dips and sides.
There is also the skewer plate which holds the tasty morsels in place. Available online from $14.95, the collection is described as a “contemporary canvas” to make the outdoor barbie more stylish.
But designer plates and the trusty BBQ are just one small part of the outdoor entertainer’s repertoire.
Brisbane designer James Roberston of JAER Designs, who has 54 years experience in the industry, has challenged homeowners to reject dull greys and inject more colour in to their life.
“Everything at the moment is the colour of death. Corpse grey is in,” he said. “But those trends are coming from Europe, where the climate is very different to Queensland.
“I am a big believer in colour. Nature isn’t dull and boring.”
Mr Robertson encouraged homeowners to experiment with coloured cushions, natural greenery, and water features.
He suggested taking design cues from nature rather than catalogues spruiking the same dull trends.
“People are scared to make a decision and just follow the pack or what they are told is on trend,” he said.
“My dream outdoor area would be comfortable but practical with lots of colour and plants that haven’t been manicured to the point of ridiculousness.
“Never be afraid to inject some personality.”