Outdoor Furniture and Design Trends for This Summer

For the fun summer season this year, outdoor spaces – or ‘hard spaces’ – will be all about nature. The furniture style in fashion is retro and cool, with soothing palettes gracing your entertaining and relaxation areas.

Some say that contemporary cold cement expression is definitely not appropriate for the warmer days of 2017/18.  Faux wood (plastic) furniture and wrought iron furniture are not going to be popular this year either as the outdoors comes inside and vice versa.

The biggest fashion trend for your outdoors/indoors space is an unbroken demarcation between inside and out using side tables, brightly coloured throw pillows, layered blankets, outdoor rugs and ottomans.

You and your guests won’t be able to tell whether you are indoors or out the back, because your weather proof furniture and décor looks like it was made for your lounge room or kitchen. Designer Furniture will come in various colours and materials including cast aluminium, stainless steel, wood, wicker, and PVC in designs that will look as if they ought to be indoors rather than gracing the backyard.

With fabrics, the colours on trend are ivory or bisque shades, soft blues and textures similar to woven jute to complement the feel of retro living. People are reverting to natural, almost crocheted styles popular back in the 1970s. Think rattan, and wicker in new, non-traditional colours for woven modern furniture.

There’s a light blue, almost distressed, colour to impart a sense of freshness, and parchment, both of which combine well with the darker shades of some outdoor furniture and florals are a must, clichéd as they might well be. Try to blend them in new and attractive ways.

Teak furniture is very popular for this year, because solid teak tables and chairs age so exquisitely outdoors, and eventually weather to a lovely grey colour.  Also, one classic style that will be hard to shift is mosaic, be that in tables made from materials such as ceramic, glass, or stone.

When considering giving your hard space a makeover this summer, think about the lighting, because it is an important aspect of comfort and ambience. You can illuminate special features, furniture, interesting architectural styles or some lovely landscaping. Using lights to highlight features improves the space and can add a fashionable, yet covert level of security to your outdoor area this summer.

Whilst the good old fashioned barbecue in Australia will never go out of style, there is an increase in grilling areas with a bit of a difference. The mix of appliances also continues to multiply as the outdoor kitchen is definitely something to be had in the modern outdoor space. There are now pizza ovens and smokers available, fridges and sinks, beer taps and ice machines and fire pits.  To make the extension of the lounge room complete why not add an audio-visual system and a heater for the odd chilly summer night?

You can find all the outdoor furniture and décor you need for your patio make-over for this summer at Cosh Living, with showrooms based in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Adelaide, with a Perth showroom opening in July.

Visit a showroom near you.

Cosh Living Melbourne

7-13 Rupert St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia

+61 3 9281 1999

Cosh Living Sydney

1/69 O’Riordan St, Alexandria NSW 2015, Australia

+61 2 9317 3011

Cosh Living Brisbane

130 Arthur Street Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

+61 7 3666 0377

Cosh Living Perth (opening July 2017)

21 King Edward Road Osborne Park 6017

For any inquiries about the care of your Cosh Living product, maintenance or warranty information please email customercare@coshliving.com

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