Make your en­ter­tain­ing space siz­zle

Buck the trend and re­ject dull colours this sum­mer, says lo­cal in­te­rior de­signer

The Courier-Mail - Home - - LUST HAVES | ON TREND -

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.”

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