All hail the great outdoors – the patio!

Available at Megabuild Lifestyle, Windhoek

 

 

 

All hail the great outdoors – the patio!

Available at Megabuild Lifestyle, Windhoek

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Namibia has great weather all-year-round and we love spending time outdoors. There is no better time than now to wow your friends and family with a gorgeous, functional outdoor space that not only allows the hours to while away in joy and peace, but enhances the beauty, and value, of your home.

Starting off with materials, the trends for the coming years are natural, reflecting the nature that you are in! Colours like taupe, brown and grey are the new cool. Natural materials including concrete, wood and even cool, clean metals are all the rage. Not only do they reflect nature, but they also are minimalistic, and clean-cut and add the ‘less is more’ feel you are striving for. Blend these natural shades with cool blues, greens and other hues that brighten up space.

Create a neutral but solid base from which to work. Take a different look at the shapes in your space. Vertical walls can add a great accent if contrasted with natural stone cladding or by plastering your walls in neutral tones with added texture. Be sure to pick a style that you will like for at least a few years - so keep it classical. To juxtapose your neutral tones, play with shades of charcoal and stripes to create focal points. Throws and rugged outdoor carpets will also add texture to the area. Pupkewitz MegaBuild, and in particular our Lifestyle branch, can offer great advice here with everything you could possibly need on our shelves and floor.

 

Remember the old metal-wire table and chairs you grew up with? No more! Patio furniture is about ergonomics, durability and most importantly, comfort! Gorgeous and durable fabrics with great design, the pieces at Pupkewitz MegaBuild Lifestyle will highlight any outdoor space. And, to add an accent, hang a chair or a hammock to show a three-dimensional space with different levels. Strong, durable and quality – these are the hallmarks of great patio furniture and we have it all, in-store!

Lighting is everything and can either bring a space to life or kill it. For a whimsical appeal, choose fairy lights or string lights, woven through a pergola or used as an accent to the patio’s perimeter. Colours can vary – think fun but functional. The lights need to add ambience but, also provide enough light for outdoor cooking. Suspend lights at different depths from the ceiling and use floor lights for depth. Remember to ask your Pupkewitz MegaBuild Lifestyle sales assistant to provide you with outdoor-safe lighting options. And do not discard lanterns and candles – there is very little that comes to fire- or candlelight to create a warm, happy atmosphere.

But you need to eat and you know you need more than just a braai. Think wine cooler, pizza oven, fireplace and outdoor kitchen. Better yet, merge your outdoor kitchen with your indoor kitchen and allow the space to flow. Your patio is not just for summer evenings so that fireplace, and pizza oven, can come in quite handy on cold winter evenings when you are entertaining. Think all-seasons in your design.

 

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No outdoor space is complete with plants. But, Namibia is dry and water restrictions, it seems, are here to stay. The good news is that succulents are no longer stuck in the 80s… They are back and are here to stay! Grab some great planters, and plants, from Pupkewitz MegaBuild. Remember to mix them up – use wood, concrete, clay and more, to create different textures, and group planters together, stacked to accent the different plants. These are great to soften the minimalistic, ergonomic design trends that are currently all the rage.

Outdoor spaces are about relaxing and sharing special memories with family and friends. Create a space in which you are comfortable and your senses are soothed. Allow it to work for you and make it your great escape!

 

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