As Australians, we love spending time and entertaining outdoors, so it goes without saying that the ability to use an alfresco area all year round is essential. Whether it’s protection from the harsh Australian sun during summer or the wind and rain during the cold winter months, you shouldn’t be restricted by bad weather – enclose your alfresco area with outdoor blinds and enjoy the space regardless of rain, hail or shine. At Nu Style Shutters, we specialise in customised outdoor blinds so let’s take a look at the benefits of enclosing your patio area and tips for using your space all year long.
The Benefits of Enclosing Your Alfresco Area with Blinds
There are many benefits of using innovative PVC woven mesh and canvas block out blinds to enclose outdoor areas in your home.
- They create a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces while providing protection from rain, wind and sun
- They create an additional living space in which to relax or entertain guests
- They keep out insects, birds, leaves and dust so you will have less cleaning to do
- They create privacy without hindering the view
- They reduce the fading of furniture from UV Rays
- They protect your outdoor kitchen from the elements
How to Enjoy Your Alfresco Area Twelve Months of the Year
To make the most of your outdoor space during colder days and months, you’ll need shelter from the wind and rain. The best way to enclose an outdoor space without losing the outdoor feeling is with the addition of blinds. Acting as temporary walls, outdoor blinds go up and down as needed, providing all the protection you need. Installing blinds is a great first step in creating the ultimate outdoor space, but there are a few other things you can do to ensure maximum functionality no matter what the season:
Heat it up – it’s important to keep the area warm so that yourself and guests are comfortable and cosy during the cooler months. Even during summer, nights can be cold, so the addition of gas heaters is a great way to add warmth. You could also consider a small fireplace or portable fire pit to create a warm and cosy ambience. Just ensure that you have adequate ventilation, and do not have any low ceilings or trees above.
Add ceiling fans – not only are ceiling fans perfect for creating cool airflow in summer, in reverse mode they are also great in winter, pushing warm air down and maximising the heat expelled from outdoor heaters. Keeping guests cool in summer and warm in winter means they will be happy to spend time in your alfresco area rather than being couped up indoors with the air conditioner or ducted heater pumping, saving you money!
Design an alfresco space to suit your needs – when planning your alfresco area ensure you add everything you need to ensure you will want to spend time there regardless of the weather. A television, sound system, bar fridges, outdoor cooking facilities and comfortable furniture – if you have an inviting space there’s more chance you will use it even during the middle of winter.
Consider the lighting – lighting goes a long way in creating a welcoming and warm space, so carefully consider your lighting options to ensure your space will be inviting even on dull days and dim nights. Fairy lights and string lights are a versatile and inexpensive way to create a cosy ambience, dimmable LED garden lights can also add a great touch to your backyard and provide the illusion of space. A combination of step lights, deck lights and wall lights will light up your space making it usable in all conditions.
If you are looking for outdoor blinds to maximise the usage of your alfresco area, Nu Style Shutters can help. Providing a stylish solution to enclosing your alfresco, our blinds are built to withstand the West Australian climate and are made from premium grade components and high quality materials. Contact our experienced team today and let us help you enjoy your outdoor living space all year round.