By Miriam Bornstein
Summer days are often filled with delicious food, social gatherings and outdoor activities. When decorating your outdoor oasis to prepare for summer fun, it’s imperative to create an environment that encourages family and friends to sit, relax and stay a while. Industrial-style materials, vibrant, solid colors and no-fuss amenities are the keys to a beautiful outdoor space this summer – and all year round.
Here are three summer patio trends to consider.
Incorporate Industrial Material and Trends
Say goodbye to wicker chairs, plastic seating and clunky wired accents. Instead, look to industrial-style materials to create a minimalistic, yet contemporary statement for your outdoor space. Teak furniture complements all sorts of décor with its buttery gold color and wooden allure. Teak is also ultra-durable due to its material, which acts as a natural protectant against water, rot and insects. Wood and steel are other industrial-style materials that complement each other in both design and functionality. Wooden chairs and coffee tables look stunning with brushed steel accents. Beyond their visual appearance, these industrial-style materials are inexpensive and can be repurposed for no-fuss DIY projects. Turn wooden crates into tables or an outdoor wine rack, or transform rustic ladders into shelving or a vertical garden.
Stick with Solid, Bold Colors
This summer, swap out distracting patterns for solid colors. While patterns are exciting, they’re not as functional as solid colors. You may grow tired of a floral pillow or stripped rug, but solid-colored pieces are interchangeable, allowing you to swap out or add as an accent to your current décor. Unusual color combinations, like aqua and tangerine, turquoise and red or yellow and gray are all bold alternatives worth considering. If you’re looking for a more neutral mix, earth tones, such as forest green, brown or sky blue, can complement any outdoor setting. If you crave a burst of color against your neutral backdrop, add a colorful weatherproof rug or umbrella in citrus tones, like lime green, zesty orange or bright yellow.
Think Inside the Box
Who says you need a well-manicured lawn to enjoy the outdoors? Think inside the box when looking for innovative patio styles. Modular garden containers and vertical gardens are popular because they’re great for both renters and homeowners alike, as plants can easily attach to the interior or exterior wall in your home, without taking up any floor space. For those with small decks, planter boxes and hanging vines are other go-to options. An additional way to incorporate no-fuss accents is through festive lighting. Stringing lights extends the comfort of your outdoor party, offering an easy transition from day to night. Intertwine twinkly lights from tree to tree, or string bistro lights on your deck for an illuminating display.
While summer months come and go, creating a comfortable and stylish outdoor space is attainable all year round. Industrial-style materials offer durable furniture to withstand most elements, solid colors allow for interchangeable décor and no-fuss accents provide gardening and lighting options for every household.
Written by Miriam Bernstein. Miriam writes about lifestyle, real estate and home improvement for Zillow and other partners. Follow her on Twitter for more.