How to Keep Your Guests Outdoors on a Hot Sydney Summer Day

You enjoy having outdoor spaces on your property and like to spend time in your garden or yard, with your family and friends. But once the summer sets in, it becomes almost impossible to spend time comfortably on your patio, deck or balcony. This also means, your guests won’t be encouraged to come over for that cocktail evening or even an outdoor dinner party. This can be a distinct dampener.

The one way to overcome this hurdle is to get your garden spruced up, and add some innovative touches to these living areas; this will help transform them into an irresistible al fresco spot that you would be able to use even when the weather is sizzling. Here are a few tips from Osier Belle, the outdoor wicker furniture experts:

The Right Shade

Sure, you like to bask in the sunshine, but excessive heat can sap your energy and will leave you feeling tired and frazzled. The best way to avoid this is to create the right amount of shade on your property. Today, there is no dearth of outdoor shading options including:


These can be added to the exterior walls of your home, just outside large windows, balconies, decks and patios. Not only do they provide shade to these spaces, but also help in shading the indoor spaces too. You can opt for motorized retractable ones- these are convenient to operate and you can add sensors to them as well. These sensors pick up changes in the weather and either retract or open up accordingly.

Garden Umbrellas

These are free-standing and you can position them strategically at any place in the garden and place comfortable wicker furniture under them. If there are some trees in the surrounding, this immediately creates a relaxation zone, and you can entertain your guests there. It’s a great way of banishing the glare of the sun, regardless of the time of the day.

Shade Sails

These are also an excellent option. They look elegant, are available in waterproof fabric and in a range of sizes and shapes. They are easy to install and don’t mar the openness of your garden spaces. As a matter of fact, they create a very welcoming space that you and your guests can lounge around in.

Outdoor Pavilions

These are another excellent option if you don’t mind having a more permanent structure on your property. These can be tailor-made to your specifications, in a range of materials including timber, brick and metal.

Pergolas and Gazebos

If you want a semi-enclosed space on your deck or patio, you can get a pergola installed on it. These structures are largely open and you can grow some vines on them to create the shade you want. Placing elegant patio furniture with colourful throw cushions, turn that space into a welcoming spot.

Gazebos are different, in that they are individual, standalone structures, that can be installed at the far end of a yard or garden. They have a covered roof that is supported on columns on which you can trail creeping plants on. Position some compact wicker furniture in the gazebo and transform it into a cosy nook.

Create a Unique Outdoor Haven

You can also add an outdoor kitchen installation- this can be an extension of the indoor spaces of your home, and can be installed on the deck or patio. If you like, it can be open to the sky and you can add shade sails or large umbrellas to create the shading you need.

Make sure that all the plants and trees are watered well and that the turf is also well watered, right through the summer. The more greenery you have, the cooler these spaces will be. For more information about high quality outdoor furniture that would be suitable for these outdoor spaces, call Osier Belle at 61 2 9949 9466. Alternatively, use this online form to connect with us.

Thanks for reading,
The Osier Belle Team
(02) 9949 9466