Turn Your Outdoor Alfresco Area into a Mediterranean Oasis
There’s nothing quite like a holiday in the Mediterranean during the summertime. Lazy days spent in the sun, quaint streets to explore, delicious, fresh food to consume, and the promise of a glass of crisp vino whilst watching a gorgeous sunset – it truly is heavenly! Perhaps you’re dreaming of a European summer but don’t want to make the 24-hour trek to get there. Whilst it might be a little difficult transporting the town locals and gorgeous tourist attractions to your own backyard, creating a similar ambience can be achieved with a few simple measures. Read on to explore our tips on turning your outdoor alfresco area into a Mediterranean oasis.
Add Lush Greenery
A Mediterranean garden would be incomplete without beautiful green plants to make it feel alive! Many Mediterranean plants do not require a huge amount of water to thrive, and thus, work well in drier climates, like Australia’s. Consider incorporating a variety of plants, including fragrant herbs like lavender, rosemary, and thyme, as well as flowering plants like bougainvillea and jasmine. Citrus trees are another plant type to consider for a pop of colour and deliciously fragrant fruit.
Plant your new greenery into some stylish pots to complete the look. Terracotta is a traditional choice for a Mediterranean feel, however terrazzo or glazed pots will feel just as at home in this setting too.
Create a Relaxing Seating Area
No Mediterranean oasis would be complete without a comfortable seating area where you can relax and enjoy the ambience. Consider creating a lounge area with comfortable seating, such as sofas or even sun lounges. Add some soft cushions to add both comfort and colour.
An outdoor dining set is a great way to enjoy mealtimes in your new oasis. Ensure you choose a set that has enough seating for when you invite guests around to enjoy some Mediterranean inspired dishes outside. Place a couple small pots of herbs on the table so you can pick them fresh and add to your meals!
Embrace Colour and Texture
Colour is such a simple way to incorporate a Mediterranean feel into your space. Choose colours that reflect the region, such as sea blues, earthy terracotta and browns, sunshine yellows, and touches of copper or gold.
Mediterranean design is also known for its use of colourful and intricately patterned tiles. You could also use mosaic tiles to create a statement piece, such as a tiled fountain or a tiled tabletop. Another key element of Mediterranean design is the use of natural materials such as stone, wood, and wrought iron. Consider incorporating these materials into your outdoor space to create a cohesive look.
Cooking Mediterranean inspired food doesn’t have to be hard, especially if you have a great space outside to cook it in. It’s easy enough to cook an authentic pizza at home with the addition of a wood-fired oven. These specialty ovens come in a variety of options, including pre assembled or DIY kits and will cook your pizza in just a couple minutes.
A barbeque is another great addition to your outdoor kitchen to grill lean meats and seafood, or even vegetables like asparagus and zucchini.
Add a Water feature
What Mediterranean oasis would be complete without a water feature? Whether you choose a simple fountain or a larger pool, the sound of running water will add a peaceful and calming element to your outdoor space, and can help to create a sense of tranquillity and relaxation.
To complete your new Mediterranean oasis you will need something to provide shade to create a space you can enjoy all year round. A Louvre House Louvre Roof System will provide the ultimate solution for your peace of mind. With the flexibility to let in as much or as little light as you like, our louvre roof also has the addition of a rain sensor to automatically protect you from any unsuspecting rain.
If you would like to know how Louvre House can help you design your ultimate outdoor living space, contact us today!