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Outdoor Decorating Trends for Summer

1 May 2018

Colourful hues and breezy blues just in time for the new season.

Cue the comeback of sunny days, balmy temperatures, and blissful hours spent outdoors. It’s spring, which means it’s time to enjoy your outdoor living space once more. The season often brings with it new trends of all varieties, and this year we’re seeing plenty of fun, fresh ideas for patios, front porches, gardens, and home exteriors. Here are five top outdoor decorating trends we can’t wait to try.

Outdoor furniture worthy of bringing the indoors outdoors

Living room-worthy outdoor furniture.

The first step to creating a beautiful outdoor living space is furnishing it with comfortable and attractive furniture. Because of advances in furniture and fabric technology, it’s possible to have fully upholstered furniture outdoors. It’s also nice to combine different kinds of furniture to get a collected look just like you would in your living room.

Outdoor decorating inspiration

Say hello to brights.

Whether you are ready to switch up the cushions on your patio furniture or considering a bold new hue for your outdoor space, now is the time to brighten up. While Pantone’s colour of the year is Ultra Violet, the pigment aficionados have ID’d a host of other trending hues perfect for outdoor spaces. For modest colour lovers, Nile GreenAsh RoseBlooming Dahlia, and Pink Lavender are welcoming, happy selections. More adventurous types will swoon over Lime Punch and Rapture Rose.

Outdoor porcelain pattern tiles

Alfresco pattern porcelain tiles.

Smooth and Fashionable Flooring.

Fashionable outdoor spaces should be shoe-free zones. A smooth, contemporary limestone is perfect for creating a seamless and timeless appeal from your indoor to outdoor living space. For added grip, opt for a limestone which has an etched finish. This added layer of grip adds charm and character to the stone. While those who seek colour and pattern, add a design feature to your outdoor living space with decorative porcelain tiles. Outdoor floor rugs also bring a space together.

Stone flooring for indoor and outdoor schemes


Natural materials.

The sleek, modern look of concrete furniture is out and natural materials are in. The use of wood and natural materials, like rattan and teak, are perfect for more rural, rustic spaces. Solid teak tables and chairs age beautifully outdoors, developing a weathered-gray look over time.

Outdoor furniture and plants for your patio

Go green.

You may have already ushered in this effortless trend into your home, but adding plants as decor is even more at home in an alfresco living space (no surprise!). Whether it’s a single palm leaf placed in a sea glass vase or a potted Majesty Palm in a chic white planter, bringing your patio to life with leaves is hot this year. If gardening isn’t your game, try bringing fresh fronds into your space via accessories, like tropical print cushions and throws.