As the temperatures rise, it’s the time of the year when you’re starting to think about being able to relax and entertain outside again. Warm weather, long days, and the company of friends and family — nothing quite beats an outdoor get-together.
Small gatherings of close family, or big parties with friends; everybody loves being outside after cold winter weather has kept them indoors. Creating the perfect space for outdoor entertaining requires proper planning, however.
Whether you’re looking to update your existing setup, or thinking about a complete redesign, now is the time to start planning your outdoor summer entertainment area.
Here are some ideas to help inspire and get you started.
Form Follows Function
Before you can decide what features are best for your outdoor entertaining area, you have to know how you’re looking to use it. Do you want an area to throw large parties, or just somewhere to sit and relax after a busy day or a meal? Knowing how you plan to use the space means you can make the most of the area.
Designing the proper layout for your perfect entertaining space will make any event go much smoother. While it may seem obvious, having to walk around the pool to get from the barbecue to the seating area isn’t ideal and will likely result in those tasty burgers taking a swim.
Once you have decided what you plan to use to space for, try splitting it into distinct areas. Different areas can even have different themes for different purposes; solid upright seating and good lighting near the barbecue for eating, with comfy seating and lower mood-lighting nearer the pool for relaxing and having drinks.
Even with the days growing longer you’ll still likely find yourself outside after the sun has set. Getting the lighting of your outdoor entertaining area right will help to set the mood, but there are also safety concerns.
Low-level lighting around the seating areas creates a relaxed atmosphere, however around barbecue and pool areas you may want to have brighter lighting to prevent accidents.
Adjustable LED lighting can be a perfect compromise. Most good quality kits will allow you to adjust the lighting levels on-the-fly, and some will even allow you to pick and choose the colours; white around the barbecue, blue around the pool, and a relaxing purple in the seating area, for instance.
Good quality, all-weather seating is a must-have for any outdoor area. Whether you want comfy sofas around a barbecue or fire-pit, loungers for sunbathing, or a mixture of the two, getting the right seating will help to make your next outdoor event a success.
Pay careful attention to the materials and coverings of the seating’s as well; you don’t want the sofas ending up soaking wet from people in the pool.
Food and Drinks
When you’re hosting an outdoor gathering you don’t want to be spending the entire time indoors fetching food and drinks for your guests — you want to enjoy the warm weather too!
Outdoor setups can range from fully kitted kitchens to a simple barbecue. Whichever setup your space and budget allow, having some form of outdoor cooking equipment is a must. It’s also worth considering a drinks cart or small bar to save yourself running back indoors every time somebody needs a top-up.
pool can make the perfect central attraction to an outdoor entertaining space. A great way to relax and cool down on a hot summer evening, entertain the kids, or even simply act as a visual centre-piece when not in use, tying everything together. At Narellan Pools, we offer premium fibreglass swimming pools, built to the highest quality standards by our expert crafters. Our large variety of pools cater to compact sites (plunge pools) and open landscapes. Available as inground or above ground (free standing) installations in a wide range of colours to suit any design aesthetic, you will be spoilt for choice.