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The ex­plo­sion in out­door fur­ni­ture op­tions opens up a whole new way of styling your al­fresco spa­ces, writes Robyn Wil­lis

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Top tips for find­ing your out­door style

Sum­mer is just around the cor­ner so there’s no time to waste to throw open the back doors, let the sunshine in and get your out­door fur­ni­ture sorted.

While many of us grew up with a sim­ple tim­ber out­door set­ting, now there are myr­iad choices avail­able to suit ev­ery pos­si­ble bud­get — and style. Given our harsh con­di­tions, look for hard-wear­ing, fade-re­sis­tant ma­te­ri­als.

These days, most out­door cush­ions are made from quick dry­ing foam but ask about UV pro­tected fab­rics. If you’re likely to leave cush­ions out in all weather, go for neu­tral colours that will still look good as the fabric fades, although if you’re keen on brighter tones, stor­ing them out of the sun and rain when not in use will re­ally ex­tend their life.

The same goes for fur­ni­ture frames. A wipe down of light­weight metal frames should be suf­fi­cient, while fur­ni­ture made from teak — widely con­sid­ered the best op­tion for out­door tim­ber fur­ni­ture — will ben­e­fit from the oc­ca­sional sanding and oil­ing.

And while de­signer Euro­pean fur­ni­ture looks in­cred­i­ble, keep in mind that it is of­ten made for northern hemi­sphere con­di­tions where the out­door sea­son can last just a mat­ter of weeks.

We’ve put to­gether the best looks of the sea­son to make your out­door space your favourite room in the house.


This laid-back look is part of the Hutt range from Eco Out­door. Ma­te­ri­als are ro­bust and heard wear­ing; per­fect for lazy days on ve­ran­das.


You may want to do a dou­ble take — this is in­deed out­door fur­ni­ture. Part of the Manutti San range avail­able from Cosh Liv­ing (pic­tured above) it is made from high-qual­ity teak and pow­der-coated steel. The cush­ions are filled with quick dry­ing foam and the acrylic fab­rics are fade proof.

Per­fectly suited to homes with a con­tem­po­rary edge, there’s a lit­tle Mid­Cen­tury nod here that could lend it­self to retro residences from the 1950s and ’60s.

Style is min­i­mal­ist and sleek with just a hint of colour. While it in­vites re­lax­ation, this is not the look to team with bean bags and in­flat­able pool toys.

With its Euro­pean good looks, cock­tails and de­signer sun­glasses might be more on track.


This style from the St Joseph range by Coco Repub­lic is a touch By­ron Bay mixed in with a lit­tle Amalfi Coast.

But whether you see your­self on the Ital­ian coast­line or just far north NSW, this pared back life­style is all about quiet luxury.

The pal­ette is neu­tral and lines are clean but with an em­pha­sis on nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als like this teak frame with rope weave de­tail.

While it looks very much at home on a sim­ple tim­ber deck, this style works just as well on Euro­pean-style bal­conies with pat­terned tiled floors. Aperol spritz any­one?


So much of out­door liv­ing is about en­ter­tain­ing, and the affordable Torquay range from Free­dom is the per­fect set to get the party go­ing.

Its alu­minium frame means it is not only light­weight but hard wear­ing enough to with­stand out­door use. Team it with colour­ful out­door cush­ions and an out­door floor rug to draw guests out of the house and keep them there as the sun goes down with strings of party lights.

While it’s an ob­vi­ous choice for an al­fresco area, this style would work just as well un­der an open per­gola or even on a freshly mown lawn where you could add a cou­ple of brightly coloured beach um­brel­las for shade.

Just make sure ac­cess to drinks is not too far away, ei­ther via a drinks bucket or a more so­phis­ti­cated set-up such as a full bar­be­cue and cafe win­dow to the kitchen.

If it’s on a deck, pot­ted palms and tough suc­cu­lents make great ac­ces­sories, although po­si­tion them care­fully to avoid cre­at­ing cir­cu­la­tion prob­lems.

The best thing about a party set-up is its flex­i­bil­ity. This style suits most types of hous­ing from your brand new project home through to older homes in need of fresh­en­ing up. It’s a play­ful look so re­mem­ber to have a lit­tle fun with out­door photo booths, pinatas or over­sized in­flat­a­bles if you have a pool. Try not to think about the clean-up af­ter­wards. More:

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