Spice Up Your Verandah Design with these Fresh Ideas

A verandah is the ultimate extension to your home. It’s the quintessential place to relax, unwind and enjoy the great outdoors. The verandah can be a communal space, a place to entertain and invite family, friends and important others around for a drink.

Your verandah can also be the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Either way, a well-thought verandah of savvy design is a great way to transform your home.

Contemporary, Modern or Authentically Australian: A Design Overview

We all know that true-blue Aussie tune, “a clothes line out the back, a verandah out the front”. The Aussie verandah has stood the test of time. To this day, it is a statement feature of Australian home design.

The humble verandah has evolved. Way back when, the verandah was petite, just a small, square extension at the front of the home. A comfy chair and side table created the perfect spot to sit, relax and watch the world go by.

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Verandahs, back in the day. Photo Credit: yewenyi via Compfight cc

These days, the verandah is still a staple piece of home design. The verandah is no longer limited to the façade. Many new age homes are equipped with large, expansive backyard verandahs serving as a grand entrance to the garden.

Contemporary architecture showcases angular edges, statement walls and a myriad of dynamic textures and unique materials. Verandahs have likewise adopted these features. Tiered, stepped or set above a sloped block of land, modern verandah designs have glass railings, striking steel bannisters and brassy bolts.

Verandah Décor and Design Ideas

No matter how grand your verandah may seem, it is still just the groundwork. To transform your verandah into an ambient and inviting place you will need to focus on the décor and design.

Just Add Green

Whether potted, planted, hanging or climbing, plants add a fresh, vibrant touch to your verandah.

Striking additions to the outdoor space, multiple clusters of small pots add interest and allow for you to plant a myriad of different species.

Large pots on the other hand, standing as high as your waist, are the perfect statement piece and can house sturdy, robust trees.

Head to your local hardware store and check out what they have to offer. If you feel a little lost or overwhelmed by the many different types of seedlings, ask the attendant to recommend a fast growing climber or an Australian native. Plant it close and cosy to a bannister and before you know it your outdoor space will be tangled in green!

It is a proven fact that the air is clearer when plants are near. So go on, shroud your verandah with those leafy greens, sit back relax and breathe deeply.

Cook, Eat & Entertain

If you fancy yourself the outdoor entertainer, an outdoor cooking area is the perfect addition to your outdoor verandah.

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An outdoor entertaining area looks stylish and sophisticated. Framing the entrance to your backyard, it’s sure to give your guests house-envy. A striking stainless steel BBQ, set within a freshly varnished pine cabinet, placed proudly atop your verandah is the classiest way to say “come dine with me”.

An outdoor dining area extends the indoors outdoors. Choose a weatherproof table, throw some snags on the grill and invite your neighbours, friends and family around for a true-blue Aussie BBQ!

Lounge Around

Outdoor furniture is key to completing the décor and design of your verandah. But when it comes to choosing what style and which types of furniture to buy one thing to keep in mind is practicality.

Choose furniture to suit your needs. Furniture that fits with your lifestyle seamlessly. Body-length lounges, outdoor day beds and chairs to relax and recline in are the perfect choice for the reader, recliner or avid napper.

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A large table, treated and splinter free, is a necessity for the outdoor dining family. If you are after a creative piece that is oh-so comfy, outdoor beanbags, rocking chairs and other novelty furniture ideas make for a quirky statement piece.

The humble verandah has stood the test of time and evolved through the years. Transform your outdoor space into an area worthy of house envy. But when it comes to the décor and design, choose wisely.

Ready to Renovate?

Find further inspiration for your own verandah with our plentiful supply of resources:

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About Alex Kuchel

This is Alex. Alex is the National Brand Manager at Australian Outdoor Living (AOL). By day, she’s a member of AOL’s marketing team. She helps to conjure up ideas on how best to promote Australian Outdoor Living and enjoys working with a pretty awesome team of clever cookies. By night (and weekends), she enjoys the company of her family and friends. She’s a big believer in sun shine and does her best to enjoy it with those she loves most.”