Décor & Gardening

Stylish living, outdoors

Stylish living, outdoors

Winter in Durban does not mean we scurry indoors like our neighbours in the northern regions of the country. Durban’s warm winter days allow for long, lazy lunches and braais or hearty potjies outdoors on deep verandas in the cool evening air with friends and lots of red wine. If you’re thinking about spending more time outdoors and are looking to update your out-of-doors decor, read on.

Zooshing up your outdoor living spaces could be as simple and inexpensive choosing a new table cloth for the outside table, or adding some new cushions in colours that reflect your own signature style or look.

Elize van den Berg of Beetroot Inc. recommends taking inspiration from Pantone’s Autumn/Winter 2018 report.  “Of course, not all of us are fixated with trends,” says Elize, “and I love Pantone’s classic palette – if you’re looking for a big piece, say a sofa or a wingback chair for your veranda, then I’d stick to this range of hues and accessorise with brights from the other palette.”

Globally, fire-pits have become a huge outdoor trend and this season is no different, so the outdoor living room with its fire-pit centrepiece is a huge hit.

Creative Director, Jeanne Badenhorst, shared some advice on how to create an enticing outdoor room.  “Outdoor furniture is no longer just functional furniture. Focus is placed on comfort and design as it becomes an extension of your home’s interior,” says Jeanne. “Add pieces like side tables and coffee tables to your patio set to create an outdoor room with comfort and style.  Make use of jumbo floor cushions and carpets to add more dimension to the room and to soften the floor. Ottomans the same height as the outdoor couch, are great additions to the patio as it can double up as extra seating or as a coffee table.”

Dining tables and chairs come in different shapes and sizes – Jeanne advises that you find a table that family and friends can gather around to share a meal. “Use both chairs and benches around the table – it creates interest and you can fit more friends in by using a bench. Make use of cushions on the seats to ensure that guests linger longer.”

Scatter cushions will soften hard surfaces like wood and metal while adding some luxury and colour –  they also make it easy and affordable to change your décor with the seasons, says Jeanne.

“Create a space where you want to linger. Layer with textiles in the form of throws or quilts that you can snuggle up with when the evenings get chilly.”

Choose fabrics that are suitable for outdoors. If furniture gets full exposure to sun, make use of exterior fabrics that are light fast. There is more freedom to use fabrics of different fibres when the outdoor furniture is not exposed to direct sun.

Make use of bold colours when using textiles and play with textures – it creates a focus of interest and brings colour to the outdoor room.


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