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When deciding on the design of your patio or alfresco, one of the most important decisions you will have to make is the material you will use to line the ceiling. The ceiling is just as important as the flooring, helping you to not only to create a complete ‘look’, but also helping you to make the most of the light you have available.

 

Choosing the right ceiling lining material for your project will depend on a number of factors – the first of those being the direction the alfresco faces. If the alfresco faces north, it will typically enjoy sun throughout the day. If it faces west, it will enjoy sun from midday onwards. However, if the alfresco faces south or east, it will not receive as much light.

 

For north and west facing alfrescos, you will have to think about creating a space that provides the maximum amount of shade. Being darker, a cedar roof could certainly provide that. Unlike a white ceiling, cedar would also minimise the amount of sun reflecting into the alfresco, helping to keep it cooler and in deeper shade.

 

On the other hand, if your alfresco faces south or east, you may want to make the most of the light you have. To do this, a white ceiling that reflects more sunlight may be better than a cedar ceiling, helping to create a brighter, lighter area under the alfresco.

One of the easiest and most beautiful ways to highlight your alfresco is with the perfect lighting package. There are many ways to light your alfresco, from simple LED downlights fitted within the ceiling, to uplights on a wall, to spotlights on the stairs, to candle-like lights on the table.

And of course, it’s not just your alfresco that can be illuminated. You can also find a range of creative lighting for your yard, your pool and the exterior of your house. You can illuminate trees and plants, you can illuminate a wall garden or screen, or you could even illuminate a piece of art on your garden wall.

Your only limitation is your imagination!

How Patio Living can help

Designing the perfect alfresco will not mean much if the design does not match your home or your yard. If you want to get the most out of your alfresco, and make it look as good as it can possibly look, it’s important to coordinate the design with your yard and with your home, so you end up with a more complementary look.

When designing your alfresco, you will need to think about the materials you want use on your floor and on your ceiling. The materials you choose will affect the look you create, the amount of light you let in, and your budget. So why would you want to choose a contrasting floor and ceiling in your alfresco?

So summer is coming and you want to make the most of your outdoor patio or deck space, but you don’t have a lot of space to work with? Although your deck might be compact, it’s still a great alfresco space that you can use for entertaining and relaxing in the sunshine. All you need is a clever design that maximises the little space that you have, so that you can enjoy every inch of it!