Winter is fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean you have to hide indoors and put your social life on hold. One of the best things to do during winter is to spend quality time with family and friends and there’s no better place to do that than in the comfort of your own home. Nu Style Shutters is Perth’s leading supplier of premium roller shutters and outdoor blinds, and with almost 20 years’ experience we know the difference high quality outdoor blinds can make to your lifestyle. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or weekly family catch-up, here’s 5 tips to help you entertain outdoors during the colder months.
Bring the Heat
If you can safely install a fire pit or fireplace in your outdoor space, they are a very attractive way to heat the area. A crackling fire not only exudes warmth, it creates a cosy ambience and provides a stunning focal point to your outdoor décor. Open fires also bring a sense of fun with the ability to roast marshmallows and provide a space for guests to gather. If a feature fire is not safe in your space or isn’t in your budget, consider gas or electric patio heaters. Available in a wide range of styles and sizes from freestanding to wall or ceiling mounted, there’s plenty of options to suit almost any alfresco area and budget.
Cosy Up with Blankets and Cushions
Distributing inexpensive throw blankets to your guests will ensure everyone stays toasty warm. Comfortable cushions will also ensure guests don’t have to sit on cold patio furniture. Choose a material that’s easy to wash and a go for a colour that complements your existing colour scheme for a cosy, yet cohesive aesthetic.
Create Ambience with Soft Outdoor Lighting
It gets darker a lot quicker in winter than it does in summer, so it’s important to have good lighting in your outdoor area in order to entertain guests in winter. Remember, outdoor lighting doesn’t have to be purely functional. Illuminating the space in a soft and delicate way such as with candles, string lights and lanterns is a practical, yet stylish way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Make sure you purchase durable and waterproof options that are designed for outdoor areas.
Add an Outdoor Rug
Not only adding texture and visual interest to your outdoor entertaining space, a floor rug will also provide a soft layer between your guests and the cold stone or concrete floor beneath. Rugs are an ideal way to help retain warmth from outdoor heaters, and make a space feel homely and welcoming.
Install Outdoor Blinds
The best way to transform your alfresco space into a functional outdoor room that can be used all year round is with high quality outdoor blinds. Outdoor blinds not only keep the warmth in, they can block wind and rain, increase privacy and add significant value to your property. They can also be used in summer to shade the space from the scorching sun. Custom made to suit your requirements, outdoor blinds are a stylish and affordable way to increase your entertaining space and allow you to make the most of your alfresco areas even when the temperature plummets.
For more information on our range of premium outdoor blinds and shutters, get in touch with the team at Nu Style Shutters today. Get a free quote online or call 1300 798 776 to speak with one of our friendly consultants.