We all love a good traditional Aussie BBQ, but is your alfresco up to the new Aussie standard? We give you the latest trends on outdoor entertaining that will make your outdoor setting far more comfortable and enjoyable.

A key trend from 2016 that will carry into 2017 is sustainable furniture that stands the test of time while still being a stylish feel-good piece.

On Trend Outdoor Entertaining

Michael Gittings, owner of furniture design and manufacturing company FatFish says, “Good outdoor furniture must be durable, multi-functional and portable.”

“Outdoor rooms need to be more versatile than their indoor counterparts and your furniture has to support that” says Gittings.

“Whether it’s breakfast for two or entertaining for 10, your furniture should be movable or multi-functional so as to suit both situations. Tables with wheels and foldable chairs work well in these spaces.”

Buying furniture for your outdoor setting need not be expensive, either.

Gittings suggests these great examples of outdoor furniture materials to invest in for 2017:

  • Rattan -  for an organic, tactile and timeless Art Deco feel.
  • Cane - versatile and can be updated through bold, bright cushions.
  • Raw, earthy materials – a nod to the industrial design trend, think moody metals and wood.
  • Upcycled items – think sustainable and vintage, offering personality and history to your alfresco.

Another trend that won’t go away for the foreseeable future is indoor/outdoor living spaces. Merging the indoor world with outdoor living is by no means a new thing, but this trend is booming in 2017. Whether you live right in the city, the suburbs or the country – indoor/outdoor living works with every home design in adding to its appeal.

By creating a natural flow between indoor and outdoor spaces, you are not only inviting positive Feng Shui energy into your home, but you’re also enhancing the illusion of expansiveness. This creates harmony and boosts relaxation - and is especially effective for those living in smaller spaces.

To achieve this, you could invest in a kitchen bench that extends from inside out to the alfresco, or have an entirely separate bar outside. Others may create an edible vegetable and herb garden.

Some other great ways to enhance your outdoor setting that you may not have thought of are:

  • Rugs – used outdoors can extend the functionality of your lounge room to create an ‘outdoor entertaining room’ rather than just another separate zone.
  • Ottomans, footstools and coffee tables – Create an outdoor table with accessories like these to make it warm, comfortable and conversation-boosting. 
  • Weather-proof art – Some great companies actually do cool art installations specifically for the outdoors. Give it a Google search or go DIY and laminate arty finds you like.
  • Portable Bar Cart Trolley – The perfect underrated multi-purpose furniture that can be used not just for outdoors, but for the rest of the home too. Serve food platters, wine or use as a bedside table during the daytime.
  • Winter Proof – An in-built fireplace, featured brick or natural stone elements, an add-on rain-proof pergola and hard wearing flooring help make the alfresco as warm as it can possibly be in colder months.

If you’re currently in the market for building a home, a great way to decide on what kind of outdoor setting you would like is to visit a nearby display home village for a variety of real-life examples.

Plunkett Homes have a huge range of display homes throughout Perth metropolitan areas and the South West that showcase functional and modern alfresco designs. Check out some of our favourite ones below:

North Hampton alfresco

If you’re after a hard-wearing and durable table, look no further than a classic park bench style setting. Seen at the North Hampton Display Home in Australind by Plunkett Homes. 

Riviera alfresco

Stay warm in colder months by adding a ‘firepit’ to your alfresco, as seen here in the Riviera Display Home in Wandi by Plunkett Homes. 

Shiraz alfresco

If you like to entertain guests, consider investing in a larger-sized alfresco with room to move. With a small garden, it’s low-effort while still being modern. Seen outside the Shiraz Display Home in Millbridge by Plunkett Homes. 

Modena alfresco

Adding entertainment like a foosball, ping pong or pool table creates a more fun atmosphere. As seen in this outdoor/indoor living space, at the Modena Display Home in Woodvale by Plunkett Homes. 

Amherst alfresco

Want an outdoor setting that is green without the maintenance or water bills? Fake it with synthetic turf (they don’t have to know unless you tell them). Seen at the Amherst Display Home in Banjup by Plunkett Homes. 

Vermont alfresco

Make your outdoor setting stand out through the type of flooring you choose for it, as well as living wall plants. Seen at the Vermont Display Home in Clarkson by Plunkett Homes. 

Verona alfresco

Rattan furniture is still on trend, as seen at the Verona Display Home in Baldivis by Plunkett Homes.


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