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Home Living : October 23rd 2012
OUTDOORS SEAMLESS TRANSITION ETHNIC LOOKS INSPIRE DESIGNS Janita Singh African style, above; Balinese style, right. STYLING outdoors to complement a home's interior design can add value, living space and excellent areas for entertaining guests. Home renovators are getting inspiration from other cultures to seamlessly connect their inner and outdoor spaces. ''Many renovators mistakenly separate a home's interior and exterior design,'' says Mike Barden, Amber Tiles' resident out- door specialist. He says the four most popular outdoor styles in Australia are inspired by Bali, the Orient, Af- rica and Europe. Here he explains ways to achieve these looks using proper flooring options. Bali --- Consider floor colours in shades similar to a forest floor or beach. A Bali garden is often linked with pathways, bridges and stairs, so the choice of tile or paver will be important. Empty spaces are suitable for feature walls or a statement water feature. Oriental --- Bright colours and delicate shapes associated with China are becoming more preva- lent in homes. When we think of the Orient, we think of dragon statues, red and gold trim and wooden structures. The oriental look is ancient yet sophisticated and natural stone is excellent. River pebble pavers are great and they have been picked up on a new wave of styling with their warm and intricate patterns. Pebble pavers look great alongside red and gold oriental ornaments and colour schemes. African --- This brings nature into the living space using earthy tones coupled with a primitive feel. A design theme appearing in African-inspired outdoor areas in- cludes the use of a fire pit. This is a simple, yet effective, way to create a primitive living space instantly recognisable for what it is -- raw and earthy. A tile or paver in deep ochre, reminiscent of the sun- swept plains of Africa, will pro- vide an excellent backdrop to the flames while being fire and heat resistant. Mr Barden said another emerging option among reno- vators was cladding plain walls. Visit ambertiles.com.au or call 1300 362 241. MEDITERRANEAN STYLE INFLUENCE AUSTRALIAN style and culture has traditionally come from Britain and then, increasingly, via continental Europe. European styling for an outdoor living space is anything but sim- ple. There's a myriad of options. The influence that has arrived via countries around the Mediter- ranean has meant an emphasis on open-plan kitchens and living while an outdoor area, inspired by Switzerland, would focus on some- thing cosy and warm. Using raised nooks to overlook views is a great way to increase a home's value, create a central point for entertaining and provide a romantic and secluded spot. To work on a southern European-styled home, a reno- vator should consider using natu- ral stone, particularly marble. For something contemporary, consider concrete tiles. Comfortable outdoor living all year round. Whether the forecast is for sun or rain or both, Vergola gives you the peace of mind to entertain whatever the conditions. Vergola is the well- designed, energy-efficient, outdoor roofing system that provides more versatility and functionality to your home by creating a comfortable space that's to be enjoyed all-year-round. A PLAN FOR ALL SEASONS.
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