Bringing the Indoors Out
It’s that time of year again. The birds are chirping, grass is growing greener, flowers are starting to bloom and it’s getting warmer outside. Spring is here! Your excited to get out of the house after being cooped up all winter, but all you have is a couple folding lawn chairs and you have no idea where to start. In this article there are ideas from new trends and colors to the different outdoor materials available in order for you to put together an outdoor space you will love.
Trend one: Wicker Furniture
Wicker furniture isn’t only what is on your grandparents patio anymore, there are so many different colors and styles to choose from. Many companies and brands are debuting new colors, styles and thicknesses of wicker. One company I do go to for inspiration is NorthCape as well as Sunset West as I believe they are trend setters in the outdoor furniture manufacturing and design spectrum.
Trend Five: Fire Pits
Instead of having an open fire ring, propane has made fire pits versatile and there are many unique ones in a range of materials, styles and colors. With having a fire table, you can also choose from different fire-proof gems, stones or marbles, which you can get from a multitude of places especially at the beginning of the season.
Trend Six: Timelessness
If you have an outdoor piece that you love and its nostalgic to you, add it! 2020 is about embracing new and old. So, you like that piece that has a retro flair, or an old rocking chair you found at a flee market last year, go ahead and mix it in with your current style and make it blend by adding a fun pillow in a print, pattern or texture.
Trend Seven: Neutrals with a Pop
As in recent years, indoor and outdoor, stay with neutral colors as they are timeless and provide a great base and makes it easier to update the look from season to season or year to year depending where you’re located. After putting together your base tones and colors then it’s time to add a pop of color, this could be your favorite or taken from an inspiration piece which could be an art piece in your home or even by adding a rug to the space.
Trend Eight: Night and Day Entertainment
Today, with the advancing technology, people are able to take advantage of the outdoors no matter the time of day or year. With this new technology in LED lighting, it is no issue to stay outside in your sanctuary into the night whether its relaxing or entertaining any size. For daytime, add an umbrella or moveable shade walls/screens to add shade to keep your space cool and comfortable. This trend also includes the fire pits we talked about earlier to offer lighting as well as warmth for chillier nights.
Trend two: Large Dining Tables
Since your outdoor spaces should be an extension of your interiors, one way to do this is by adding a large dining table to gather your friends and family around. As with an indoor table, there are many styles to choose from. For an updated look try going with a sleek glass top table with a wicker or rattan base and then pair it with matching wicker chairs and a cushion in your favorite color.
Trend three: Functionality
Like indoor furnishings, a person wants the pieces they use to be comfortable and enjoy the outdoors in style and ease. Many outdoor furniture companies are increasing their offerings for ergonomic designs. This means that the newer pieces are going to be cradling the body versus being stiff and unwavering. Another part of this trend is to add an outdoor kitchen to your space, especially when you don’t want to be separated from the gathering.
Trend four: Blue
Like the color of the year, plan on seeing a lot of blue for outdoor use. This would be cushions, pillows, planters and other outdoor furniture, décor and accessories. With this, go ahead and mix solids, prints and patterns for the vibe and feel you want in your outdoor space.
Trend Nine: Biophilic Design – Connect to Natural Elements
A new concept that I have been seeing for outdoor is add natural elements to the space, even being outdoors. Adding natural elements to a space adds a sense of calm and tranquility, which in turn will reduce stress. Some ideas for your space are a plant wall or raised garden which will add green as well as colors through the built-in elements of your space. You may also add natural stones, woods and even a fountain. With the plant wall or raised garden, you may also be greener by planting your favorite herbs, vegetables and fruits, depending on your plant zone. This will also encourage pollinators to visit which will help grow your gardens.
Like your indoor spaces, your outdoor space can have the same vibe and style. With all these different styles you are going to want to take a look at the materials available. For example, there are different types of materials. For example, there is woven resin wicker or rattan along with Teak wood. So, what does that all mean to me as a consumer. Below is a definition and idea for each material available.
• Resin wicker (all-weather wicker) is manufactured predominantly for use in outdoor patio furniture. It is meant to look like natural wicker, but is made of a synthetic material, generally polyethylene.
• Teak Wood is the hardest, most durable and strongest of the hardwoods, making it the perfect material for outdoor furniture that lasts. Used in ship building since the middle ages. In the 1950′s, it quickly became a popular choice for outdoor furniture, according to Teak Warehouse. Below is 5 reasons Teak is great for outdoor furniture.
1. Its weather resistant
2. Pest resistant
3. Low Maintenance
4. Long Lasting
5. Stay’s Beautiful
These are only some of the trends and ideas that are out in the design world, but follow your style and make the outdoors yours.
Emily Reicks | Owner, Interior Design by Emily
B.A. in Interior Design
I am an interior and virtual (E) designer for both residential and businesses. I am willing to travel to where my services are needed and wanted. I have always wanted to aid those who need or want the services I provide. I want to assist you in the design of your spaces in order for you to enjoy them, both functionally and aesthetically. An important thing I do is educate my clients, answer any questions and give them the why of their design, so feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have, I am happy to help.
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