From weeknight barbeques to backyard get-togethers chilling out in the great outdoors is part of the Aussie way of life. Whether you have a large backyard, or a cute balcony, gorgeous outdoor furniture is a must-have – and it can be as budget-friendly or bank-breaking as you like.
Here are our favourite outdoor furniture trends for 2019.
1. LOW SEATING
The rise of low seating is especially apparent in the backyard. And, unsurprisingly, it’s all about comfort – think lazy afternoons, long lunches and after-work drinks with friends. “Comfort is really key when it comes to outdoor furniture because the way we live outdoors is different,” says exterior landscape designer and stylist Ascher Smith. “Even those of us with busy lives like to take it slow – we spend more time relaxing on a sofa with a good book or chatting to friends.”
Rattan continues to trend on social media and it isn’t hard to see why – it’s natural, versatile, durable and exudes a chilled-out holiday vibe. For double points, combine rattan and teak for a look that’s right on trend, says interior designer Elise Cooper from Freedom. “For your outdoor space, combining colourful and light-weight rattan armchairs and sofas with hardy teak timber pieces not only looks good together but brings practicality to the space,” she says.
3. CONTEMPORARY PLANTERS
Indoor pots plants are having a moment and the same goes for outdoor pots. Georgina Holmes, a senior interior designer at Coco Republic Interior Design, says pots and planters help to finish off an outdoor space and complement outdoor furniture. “Go for simple yet elegant shapes in many sizes,” she says. “The look is to cluster pots together as a set of three or stand alone for maximum impact.”
Extra Tip _____ A cluster of contemporary pots gives maximum impact.
4. TEAK FURNITURE
Chunky teak sofas and tables are big news this year. Why? They’re beautiful, weather-resistant and eco-friendly, says Patryc Lampasi from Harbour 1976 . “Plantation teak is increasingly gaining popularity and becoming the first choice for many people, transcending all seasons,” he says. “The growing interest in deforestation and sustainable timber sources makes plantation teak a clean choice.”
5. HANGING CHAIRS
Hanging chairs are back from the 1970s and they’re the perfect statement piece for your outdoor living space. “With their vintage-inspired designs, elegance and simplicity, lazy days at home become even sweeter,” says Smith. “Not only is each chair a statement piece, they offer the perfect blend of style and comfort.”
6. OUTDOOR LAMPS
Carefully placed outdoor lamps create a relaxed vibe and ensure you can use your outdoor furniture well after the sun goes down – and nifty rechargeable lamps mean there’s no need for awkward cables. “Lighting can be a neglected element in outdoor living, but its consideration will be an important part to create the ideal outdoor space and encourage alfresco living,” says Lampasi.
7. MIXED MATERIALS
In 2019 we want our indoor and outdoor spaces to blend seamlessly, which means we’re on the hunt for materials that work in both environments. “We can expect to see more tactile details introduced, with a focus on materials such as olefin rope, woven weaves and organic curved edges,” says Lampasi.
Article Source: realestate.com.au