SUMMER OUTDOOR LIVING

LONG HOT SUMMER DAYS STRETCH THEIR WARMTH INTO INDIGO WATERCOLOUR WASHED DUSK SKIES. WE ARE TRULY BLESSED IN SOUTH AFRICA TO BE ABLE TO ENTERTAIN OUTDOORS LONG INTO SUMMER EVENINGS, ESPECIALLY OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON WHEN EXTRA SPACE TO ACCOMMODATE VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS IS ALWAYS APPRECIATED.

Make the most of your home this summer by creating a comfortable outdoors entertainment area. By enclosing a deck or terrace with timber or aluminium shutters you create a versatile space that could be opened up in summer, perfect for outdoor entertaining, and closed in winter. It’s a practical and beautiful extension of your home.

Create a sanctuary in your home by using the shutters to set the tone.

“Shutters, with their horizontal lines have a calming effect and when you choose wide louvres you get a clearer view when the louvres are open,” says Karina Palmer, interior designer and marketing director of AMERICAN shutters.

If your terrace looks out over a lush garden you could compliment the green tones with shutters in wood toned finishes from dark wood like Black Walnut, warm wood like Paprika, to light stained wood like Autumn Maple, Golden Oak and Honey. Bring the outdoors in and create a sophisticated green house look by using pot plants in the room to mirror the green of your garden.

“Limed white shutters are perfect for creating that cool holiday beach house look, whether it’s your holiday home near the beach or your deck overlooking the pool,” says Palmer.

To complete the beach house look, think white and blue. Use white as the base, from walls, furniture and even floors, and add touches of nautical navy or aqua blue. White pillar candles secured with beach sand and shells in clear glass vases recreate a romantic candlelit evening beach picnic. On the whole, keep accessories to the minimum to ensure an airy relaxed space typical of this look.

Safety is on the top of the list for most homeowners and with shutters you can secure your home attractively without it taking on the look of a fortress. Aluminium shutters with adjustable louvres allow the view and fresh outside air to become part of the space whilst still providing security. The shutters can be installed to bypass or bi-fold on tracks allowing the space to be opened up with ease when needed.

“Shutters with thermal insulation keep rooms cool in summer and retain the warmth in winter when you need it most.” says Palmer.

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