Tips to Create an Outdoor Oasis

Whether your goal is to relax, entertain, dine, or simply escape this summer – furniture trends expert Triana Odone shares her tips to maximise your outdoor living space.

Designing and styling an outdoor space is similar to how you would approach an indoor area.

Furniture should be very comfortable and inviting so that you, your family and friends can sit for hours and relax. Modular outdoor sofas offer great versatility, delivering limitless options from creating intimate smaller settings to reconfiguring into larger settings when entertaining many people.

Functionality is important too- remember your furniture should be as flexible as your lifestyle!

Lighting is important for entertaining in the evening and creates ambience. Brighten areas where the outdoor kitchen or barbecue is and have adjustable lighting on pathways and dining areas. Highlight interesting features around your outdoor oasis such as parts of the garden and large potted plants.

Decorative accents create the style and feel of your outside space so you can choose to have your furniture in neutral tones and go wilder with your accent pieces in bright and bold colours. Accents are easier to replace if you want to change the look each summer. Outdoor cushions in co-ordinated prints and colours instantly modernise an outdoor area, and outdoor fabrics are no longer only offered in basic stripes and limited prints – instead they now follow the latest indoor fabric trends.

The key fashion colours for this Summer season are yellow, orange, yellow-green and grass-green, bright pink and electric blue. Navy and white is always a sharp and fresh look and you can then add the key seasonal colours such as bright yellow or orange for a spin on this classic look. If you prefer a softer look, then choose pastels in the latest colours of mint, lilac, baby pink and chalky aquas. Light throws in co-ordinating colours and patterns add a decorative look while keeping you warm in the cooler late afternoons and evenings.

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