Lysaght Living

Keen to make your patio, pergola, deck or verandah a more liveable space, and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, here are three small project ideas that don’t require a long-term commitment. Who knows, they might even spark your inner design bug!

1. LET THERE BE LIGHT: The right mix of lighting will ensure your backyard is appealing well into the twilight hours. To create a beautiful, after-dark glow, be sure to mix up a variety of lighting types including task lighting, feature lighting, step lights and garden/bollard lights. If you have a large space, solar lighting may be a good alternative for areas further away from a power outlet.

2. MAKE IT SOFT TO TOUCH: Introducing textiles into your outdoor space is a simple yet effective way to add style, personality and most importantly, comfort. Beautiful cushions, throws, outdoor rugs and durable tablecloths are all good options if you want to adorn your space with rich fabrics. The beauty of these accessories is that they give you the chance to play with bolder designs and patterns, as they can easily be switched out and replaced each season.

3. CREATE A FOCAL POINT: The secret to a great outdoor space is something eye-catching that will catch the interest of your guests and bring them outside. Whether your home addition includes something like a water fountain, a vertical garden, a beautiful sculpture or a fire pit as a focal point, this can also help to orient and anchor the space.