Outdoor Rooms for a Summer of Relaxation

November 25, 2021

With the long, hot Kiwi summer most definitely on its way, right now is the perfect time to start planning the ultimate outdoor rooms for a season of rest and relaxation. Whether you have a poolside paradise, lush gardens or a pint-sized patio, we’d like to share some of the ways we love to create stylish outdoor living areas that you can enjoy any time of the year. Follow a few basic rules then add your own individual style for an al fresco oasis all your own.

Bee Bee Round Side Table - outdoor accent

Bee Bee Teak Side Table

Get creative with the use of space

Even though we’re talking about the great outdoors, it’s a good idea to follow some of the same rules you’d apply decorating an indoor space. Key to this is establishing distinct areas within your space for different activities such as perhaps grilling, dining, conversation, and relaxation. This is where designer outdoor furniture and accessories such as accent tables like our Bee Bee Teak Side Table and chic planters can be used to establish corners and borders, and designated outdoor rugs are a  super stylish strategy for defining a specific area. Place one rug – we love our Studio One Outdoor Rugs – with a dining table and chairs to form a dining area, and perhaps a second rug in an area with comfy loungers and a coffee table for a casual conversation and Chardonnay in the sun.

Bahama Round Cantilever Sunbrella Umbrella in Black

Bahama Round Cantilever Umbrella

Provide shade

Don’t forget the weather when you’re planning your outdoor living space – especially sun orientation and what kind of shade option you need to make it workable. It’s often been said that the biggest challenge to designing the perfect outdoor space is also the most obvious one: the outdoors. Awnings, sun umbrellas and pergolas are all great ways to shelter your guests – and your outdoor furniture –  from harsh sunlight and summer showers.

If your space requires a cantilever umbrella or two, there are two important things to consider: is the style you have chosen easy to move and control, and how effective and durable is the fabric? We have taken care of the latter by only working with the very best outdoor umbrella fabric available on the global market: Sunbrella®. Providing much needed shade is what the Sunbrella® fabric does best – supplying protection from the elements, comfort in the heat of the summer and undeniable style in an array of colours for over half a century.

With SPF 50 + and UV protection that filters close to 100 per cent of UV radiation, Sunbrella® takes care of your family and friends when entertaining outdoors without you even having to think twice about it.

gas firepit - outdoor heat

Concrete Rectangle Gas Firepit

Fire it up

Given New Zealand’s ever-changing climate, don’t limit the time you spend living outdoors to just the summer months. Key to this is an array or stylish blankets and cosy throws, as well as outdoor heating and essentially, a statement making outdoor fire pit. Nothing lends an elements of warmth and intimacy like a roaring fire. It centres the space and brings both light and heat, making for a focal point year-round. Much like indoor fireplaces, fire pits provide the perfect focal point for an outdoor sitting area, and they look fantastic surrounded by outdoor sofas or built-in bench seating topped with cushions. Nothing draws a crowd more than a good fire pit setup, and we offer an incredible line of modern and sophisticated concrete outdoor fire pits.

We offer three different sizes; rectangular, square and round. These gorgeous fire pits can be hooked up to your own gas or with an attachment for a propane tank. What’s even better is that we designed a storage container that will cover an unsightly propane tank so that it will look like, and function like one of our stunning concrete side tables. We use a high-quality concrete and resin mix to make our concrete outdoor furniture and accessories, and the mechanics and inner workings of the fire pits are extremely well built and easy to use.

Our incredible Concrete Rectangle Fire Pit is a popular choice with good reason. It’s impressive and luxurious and will add a contemporary and polished look to any space. Create a deep seating sectional sofa that surrounds the fire pit so that guests can gather and enjoy the warmth and ambiance. Super comfy deep seating pieces coupled with the sharp lines of our fire pits make for a stunning and contemporary look.

outdoor sectional sofa with cushion

Cabo Teak Outdoor Daybed

Spend the day in bed

Why limit relaxation time to only when you’re on holiday? By adding a backyard daybed to your garden or poolside area, you can quickly enhance your backyard décor and allow yourself the luxury of a little extra down time whenever you need it. If you have a pool area, adding a few resort style pool loungers and lounge chairs can really amplify the essence of your space, and choose deep seating outdoor furniture with thick, bouncy cushions for the ideal resort-at-home look.

From the informal chaise lounge to the all-day lounger, Design Warehouse offers a plethora of beautiful and functional sun loungers and sun beds that includes meticulously crafted teak day beds and teak steamer chairs. Each piece in our range of specialty loungers and outdoor daybeds is carefully designed so as to be the perfect mix of form and function, being as durable as they are a statement in style. In addition, the ample dimensions of all of our teak daybeds, stainless steel poolside loungers and Batyline® mesh loungers allow you plenty of room to relax and read a great book or enjoy a cool beverage, and their weather resistance takes a little of the worry out of New Zealand’s often inclement climes!

Trend-wise, Viro® and Ecoline® wicker outdoor materials are becoming more popular for loungers, both beautiful materials offering a stunning colour palette whatever your outdoor style. Our modern stainless steel and Batyline® sun loungers are a new take on sling-style furniture, giving you comfort along with chic staycay vibes.

It doesn’t matter how big or small your outdoor living area is, Design Warehouse will have you covered. Whether you’re after something small and chic, or large and dramatic, we have a selection of charming outdoor furniture options in a sophisticated and always sturdy package. Let us help you set your home up for a summer of relaxation, so feel free to call one of our qualified sales people for more information.

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