With ANZ, Homes to Love is exploring the ways we live under the theme of ‘Small Homes’ – and how this trend allows us to live and build today
Owning a home with small living areas can be hard, especially with a growing family. If this is you, your courtyard could be your savior. Treating your courtyard or outdoor area like it’s an ‘outdoor entertainment room’ creates an extra living space. Decorate your courtyard in the same style as the rest of the house, in particular your living area and you’ll have a home that feels bigger than it really is.
Make sure to take soft furnishings that are similar to your inside decor all the way through to your courtyard. Go for warm earthy tones in any fabrics you choose and keep the wood dark. Those extra accessories should be classic pieces of pottery or candle holders.
Pick one colour that you’ve used through the house and use it as the base colour for your outdoor furniture. Then you can accessorise with cushions, pots and other simple pieces in accenting colours.
If you have a nautical or rustic/beachy style inside your home it’s easy to find outdoor pieces to match. Go for a tall table to really extend your indoor living, it’s perfect for entertaining guests. Then pick a few themed accessories to hang on your exterior walls and for decorating tables.
These pieces should blend in with the outdoors, in natural beige, brown and green tones. Baskets, feature planters or screens are great for adding texture, while throws in earthy tones add a softness to the area.
Swinging chairs and hanging pots create a dreamy garden getaway feel in your courtyard. Use soft furnishings like pastel-coloured throws and floral cushions to bring the inside out for that indoor-outdoor flow. Finishing touches of a slightly rustic bird cage or outdoor artwork for the exterior wall will complete the look.