Sick of running the air conditioner all day, every day during summer? Switch off and ditch the indoors for a stunning alfresco space that will make everyone glad to head outside and enjoy the breeze.

If you’re stuck for inspiration, check out some of our favourite outdoor dining areas!



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Furnish your space well

The right furniture will have your alfresco dining area looking great and feeling comfortable. Make sure you have enough seating options to cover the standard number of people you have over for outdoor gatherings.



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Photographer: Steve Ryan @rixryanphotography_aus

Go beyond the paper plates and plastic cups

While the most noticeable elements of an outdoor space make a big difference, sometimes the little things can have the biggest impact. Dress up your dining space to reflect the occasion with sophisticated glassware and china.



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Sometimes simple just works

You don’t have to deck out your patio to create a comfortable and inviting alfresco experience. Stick to the basics, and let good company and quality chats set the scene.



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Photographer: Greg Hocking

Use your space well

Sometimes more is more – if you have the room and the resources, going all out and creating a functional outdoor kitchen can add heaps of value to your home (and to your lifestyle!).



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Keep it light

You’re bound to use your alfresco dining area when the weather is at its warmest. Make the space light and bright, and invite breezes in with louvre-style features and built-in ceiling fans.



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Equip your area

If you’re a regular party host, you’ll already know what you need to make sure everyone has a good time. Whether it’s a bar fridge, an esky, or cocktail-style tables, personalise the space for your alfresco needs.

Whether you prefer a minimalist look or you’re planning out where the built-in double barbeque will sit, an alfresco dining area is the perfect place to enjoy the weather and make memories.

Stuck on getting your space sorted for the hottest months of the year? Make sure you check out our post on how to prep your patio for summer before you get started.


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