If you are looking at your back yard and planning your outdoor space, it can be hard to imagine how your alfresco will look or how it could even be a part of your home.
Here are three things to consider when starting on the design of your dream alfresco.
Albury Wodonga is growing, with new homes being built every day. Everyone has different sized back yards and different needs when designing and building their home. And that means there is no one size alfresco to fit all.
We have great weather here in Albury Wodonga most of the time. A love for the spending time in your back yard can be influenced by what space you have available to create your ideal alfresco. Getting your alfresco space right means you will be able to manage the amount of light and shade you get throughout the year. And that means being able to take advantage of your alfresco all year round.
So, when considering your new outdoor area consider your home and the space you have available.
The design of any alfresco for your home has to feel like it is a part of your home and not an afterthought.
This is our where our Alfresco Specialist can help. Letitia has years of industry knowledge and can help you design and create the alfresco of your dreams.
Taking into consideration your wants, location, space, landscaping, and other options are all when designing your alfresco. Having right materials for your alfresco is also an important aspect of your design. The right materials will also mean your outdoor space feels more like it is a part of your home, rather than an add-on.
So, whether you want a patio, pergola, gazebo, deck or an outdoor room, Letitia works with you to create your perfect outdoor area.
Let’s face it an empty alfresco is not much to look at. The fun begins when you start to add accessories to your alfresco.
Five tips for decorating your alfresco area this Christmas
When it comes decorating your alfresco to create a festive feeling at home, you don’t have to be restricted to your Christmas tree. You can extend festivities from inside your home to your patio or deck, to your garden, and even your bathroom. Make your whole outdoor space festive for your Christmas guests to enjoy when they visit.
Here are some of our favourite alfresco Christmas decoration tips to help you share a bit of Christmas this season.
Everyone loves the traditional look and feel of Christmas. Red and green are usually the predominant colours, sometimes balanced with gold, silver or white.
An easy way to create a traditional theme for your table is to use white crockery and add red by using a red table cloth and napkins. Then add green by using a traditional wreath as a centrepiece. You may wish to add a touch of gold or silver with candles or vases used as centerpieces, alternating with the wreaths or placed inside them.
Extend your theme and hang red and green decorations throughout your alfresco, tie a combination of red, white and green ribbons onto furniture, or use coloured outdoor lighting to extend the theme beyond the table.
2. White Christmas
In reality, the chances of having a white Christmas in Australia are pretty low. However you can create your own white Christmas with a winter theme.
White tablecloths with white candles are an elegant and inexpensive option to decorate to your outdoor table. Match with white crockery, and perhaps a touch of silver to add a bit of Christmas sparkle. Decorate your tree and wrap your presents with white and silver to continue the theme.
And finally, solar powered white fairy lights strewn throughout your alfresco and garden areas create a sparkling effect.
3. Decorate a tree outside
If you have a tree that’s a focus point in your garden, or one that’s incorporated into your alfresco area – turn it into an outdoor Christmas tree.
Simply add outdoor solar powered fairy lights, coloured lanterns, tinsel and/or decorations (preferably weatherproof ones) to your favourite tree outside. Create a festive atmosphere by placing faux gifts under the tree. Simply wrap boxes (plastic outdoor tablecloths are cheap and easy to use), add ribbon and match your Christmas theme from inside the house. Make sure you weigh the boxes down with something inside, so they don’t blow away if there is a windy day.
Remember, it doesn’t need to be a fir or pine tree to create a Christmas atmosphere. Any type of tree, when decorated can transform your outdoors to a Christmas wonderland, particularly if you extend the use of solar powered fairy lights and lanterns to other garden areas and your alfresco area.
And if you don’t have a tree, consider decorating some of your pot plants.
4. Use spare Christmas tree decorations
Your Christmas tree decorations have more than one use – they can become table and outdoor decorations too.
Place baubles in vases, or on platters and place throughout your alfresco area. Wrap tinsel around any poles supporting your alfresco ceiling or hang stars from your alfresco ceiling. Match colours to your Christmas theme to create a continuation of your indoor festive feel to your outdoors.
5. Get creative with small spaces
To create a festive feel in small spaces, you can simply add a small pine branch in a vase. Or grab some pinecones and spray paint them silver and gold, and place two or three together. These are small touches, but enough to give a smaller space like your alfresco kitchen bench, or perhaps your guest bathroom, some Christmas cheer.
We hope these different Christmas decorating ideas inspire you to take your festive decorating beyond the tree and into your alfresco area.