Top Decor Trends For Your Outdoor Living Space

We’ve recently been reminded that it’s what’s outside that counts, and that our outdoor spaces should be as stylish and inviting as the inside of our homes.

MOTO Collection furniture from Maria Tomás. Photograph courtesy of Maria Tomás.

Whether you have a rooftop patio, sprawling backyard, terrace, deck, or high-rise balcony with a view, you can elevate your outdoor space with furniture, accessories, decorative accents and lighting. Here are some of the top decor trends right now to help turn your outdoor living space into the most desirable part of your home.

 

Make it Colourful

Hot Mesh Lounge Chair by Blu Dot, $500, from Kit Interior Objects. Photograph courtesy of Kit Interior Objects.

Currently, there’s a move away from neutrals and traditional wicker toward bolder colour palettes and modern materials. Furniture brands are designing outdoor collections to look more like indoor furniture in a myriad of hues. “People are gaining the same level of appreciation for their outdoor spaces as their indoor spaces,” says Rachel Sawyer of Kit Interior Objects. “We’re seeing that outdoor living spaces are just as important as indoor spaces.”

The Hot Mesh collection by Blu Dot (available at Kit) comes in different colours of powder-coated steel, and is a contemporary take on the traditional rattan often found in outdoor furniture. “People are using it indoors and outdoors,” Sawyer says.

 

Make it Custom

Informel outdoor sofa, $9,990 (and up), from Roche Bobois. Photograph courtesy of Roche Bobois.

A custom-upholstered sofa is a way to infuse some serious style into an outdoor space. The Informel Outdoor Collection from Roche Bobois is the embodiment of comfort and luxury with a range of outdoor fabric options. This three-seater sofa can also be upholstered in indoor fabric. “In 2021, with the pandemic, people were spending more money on their patios and their outdoor furniture,” says 
Ray Deleurme with Roche Bobois in Calgary and Vancouver. “People are still looking for patio furniture that doesn’t look like patio furniture.”

 

Make it Social

Morso Forno Oven, $2,599, from Hearth & Home. Photograph courtesy of Hearth & Home.

Well-equipped outdoor kitchens and bars require larger-scale dining tables and chairs, or bar tops with stools, to accommodate growing guestlists. Fire up your contemporary Morso Forno Oven and host your next dinner party outside. Add a projector and screen, and you’ll be set up to host game nights or movie nights, too.

 

Make it Sustainable

MOTO Collection furniture from Maria Tomás. Photograph courtesy of Maria Tomás.

More and more outdoor furniture brands are producing eco-friendly products with reclaimed, recycled or responsibly sourced materials — look for FSC Certified woods, recycled plastics and upcycled materials. Julian Riley of local retailer Maria Tomás recommends the MOTO collection by Brown Jordan, “a green choice overall with a smaller carbon footprint being made here in North America.” Along with its sophisticated styling, the line is still practical and low maintenance, Riley says. Outdoor lighting choices can also keep sustainability front of mind: add solar-powered lanterns and LED string lights to your patio to create a welcoming mood.

 

Make it Work

9′ Round Sunbrella Patio Umbrella with frame, $550 to $809, from Crate And Barrel. Photograph courtesy of Crate and Barrel.

Working from home can mean working outside. Fresh air and vitamin D can boost productivity, while being surrounded by natural elements can reduce stress levels and improve mental well-being. To set up your outdoor workspace, select chairs with good back support and a table with a suitable working height. Add throw cushions for comfort and kidney pillows to assist with lumbar support, while an overhead umbrella will help reduce glare and protect your technological devices.

Blu Dot Circula coffee table, $1,164, from Kit Interior Objects. Photograph courtesy of Kit Interior Objects.

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This article appears in the May 2022 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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