Which outdoor furniture style should I use in my patio?
the perfect furniture style for your patio or porch is essentially
dependent on two elements - the size of the space you have to work
with and the furniture pieces that appeal to you most. Once you’ve
settled on a style, you can start to look for pieces that will best
fit to the shape and size of your patio.
patio furniture is popular not only because it’s on-trend but
because it offers a chic and sleek look for the space. The key
advantage in opting for a modern look is that there will be plenty of
items to choose from, and your result will be neutral, likely
appealing for at least a few years to come. If you settle on going
for a modern style patio, you’ll likely find many items in black,
white and brown shades including bench-seat tables, U-shape sofa sets
and even bucket chairs and designer couches. The South African
climate is one designed for outdoor living, so getting this look
right is vital.
with more traditional furniture pieces and a more obvious sense of
cosiness, the country style patio offers a tad more visual warmth
than the modern look. Often featuring pillars, pergolas, vines,
flower beds and dainty tables, this style offers a nice mix of
European-feeling and shabby-chic sensibility.
you want to feel as if you’re going on holiday every time you step
out onto your porch - and who can blame you? Well, one way to get
your imagination rolling is to opt for tropical style decor in your
outdoor setting. Aside from the obvious inclusions such as palm
trees, large pots, circular wooden tables, wooden deck-chairs and
white cushions, tropical style terraces are also perfect for pops of
bright colour via accessories. Oh and if you’ve got the space, why
not top it off with a plunge pool?
tropical style offers us the feeling of a equatorial getaway, the
Mediterranean approach can transport us to the gorgeous coasts,
islands and beaches of its namesake. Drawing influence from the
largest countries encapsulated in the Mediterranean zone, styles from
Greece, Italy, Spain and France define this style, but there are
actually an additional 17 countries from which elements and
influences are extracted. A patio design adhering to this style will
undoubtedly feature plenty of brick, wood, yellow, curtains, large
floor tiles, square tables and perhaps even a wood-fired pizza oven.
you want to go for something distinct, unique and not quite as common
in South Africa, an Asian style patio or porch could be the look for
you. Depending on which country you take influence from, the patio
will turn out quite differently but generally speaking, an Asian
outdoor space will feature patches of lawn, flowing water, deep
wooden tones in the furniture, sharp lines, stones, bonsai and a hut
type of patio lighting should I install?
are many reasons to opt for fluorescent lights on your patio as they
are one of the most energy efficient options. This is not only better
for the environment but will usually offer a decrease of 25-25%
energy usage which of course means a significant decrease on your
electricity bill If you can find a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) you
can decrease usage by up to 75% compared to a traditional light bulb.
This should translate to savings of about R514 per year. Another
advantage is the long life of the bulbs, as they will usually last
for about 10,000 hours as opposed to the traditional 800 to 1500
hours. Some lights can even shine for as long at 50,000 hours. The
one con is that they usually cost a little more in the first place.
is usually space to incorporate a few different types of lighting in
an outdoor space, but generally speaking there aren’t many benefits
to halogen lamps. Unless you live somewhere that receives a lot of
heavy weather battering, there’s usually no necessity for this type
of lighting anyway. In the northern hemisphere or countries in which
they receive heavy snowfall, halogen lighting is recommended as the
heat causes the snow to melt, but in South Africa, that’s just not
a concern. For this reason, the choice should just about always be
LED first entered the market, it came under some pretty heavy
criticism because of the harsh tone of the light itself, which was
not considered to be “natural” but rather somewhat blue. Since
this stage however, the technology has significantly improved and
resulted in lighting that can barely be distinguished from the warm
tones of halogen lighting systems. Consuming up to 80% less power
than any other lamps, LEDs can burn for nearly 20 years before
extinguishing, an added bonus is that while the initial costs are a
little higher, the maintenance is extremely low and you can expect to
save significant Rand over a long period.
If you’ve got a
halogen system that you can’t replace, don’t worry, you can
usually simply swap the LED bulbs in.
indicated by the name, these lamps are fixed to the wall or fence and
come in a wide range of styles, allowing them to be implemented into
any theme or look. Depending on the exact look, material and brand
that you go for, the price can range from between R100 and R1000 per
piece. We recommend doing the installation yourself (if you’ve got
a bit of DIY skill) but if any electrical wiring or placing needs to
be done, hiring an electrician professional is absolutely necessary.
recommend green energy solutions on all accounts here at homify, so
solar lamps come highly endorsed from us. We are blessed with a lot
of natural sunlight year round here in South Africa, so why wouldn’t
we make the most of it, help the planet and save ourselves a bit of
cash in the process? The actual cost of installing solar lighting
will depend on the size of the area you need lit and on the exact
lights that you want to install. You might picture huge panels on top
of roofs when thinking about solar lighting, but individual lamps and
lighting strips can actually be illuminated by relatively small
conductors. You will also likely be quite surprised at how cheap this
type of lighting can be, especially considering that once it’s
installed, there are no further costs associated. A solar step-light
for example, will set you back R249, shephard lights R119 and tulip
lamps R149 a piece.
nothing more romantic or classic in terms of style than some candle
lighting. If your space is large, this might be impractical, but if
it’s small and you’re willing to put the effort into repeatedly
replacing the candles, it might just be the optimal solution. A mix
of sizes and colours will make for a scene that appears to be out of
a fairy tale. This is also a good way to introduce some citronella
and keep the mozzies away on warm summer evenings. Candles themselves
are quite cheap, coming in at rarely more than R20 a piece, even more
massive outdoor units, but it's the replacement process that can be
annoying. Also prepare for scraping wax off the installations.
Still...this might be our favourite option! If you love the look but
hate the idea of the maintenance however, LED candle lights are
available. Just try to find some that aren’t too tacky.
you’ve got a pergola, gazebo or simply some kind of roof structure,
overhanging lamps are a great option. They simultaneously light the
space while creating a sense of cosiness as they bring a sense of the
indoor feeling out. Installation can be a little bit more complicated
as you will need to work vertically and ensure that the electricity
is available overhead, but the results are undoubtedly appealing.
Without stooping too far into your wallet, you should be able to get
a nice set up for no more than R2000, it will simply depend on the
price of the exact style that you’re interested in. If the price
starts to get out of control but you still want a beautifully light
pergola or gazebo, you could simply invest in a few boxes of fairy
lights. These dainty, timeless and decorative lights can be found for
as little at R116 a box… and they’re solar charged! If you do
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you want to turn your patio into a chic, modern space or a lush,
tropical oasis, there are plenty of decorative and stylistic options.
As with design in all spaces, the process and steps to take are quite
the style you want
-Look at the space and be realistic
-Determine what is necessary
-Set a realistic budget
-Make a plan
-Enjoy the finished product