With spring upon us and summer just around the corner, thoughts start to turn to hosting the perfect alfresco soiree, family backyard get-togethers and balmy evenings lounging outside.
If you’re thinking of picking out the perfect furniture to accompany your outdoor entertaining, you’ll want to consider the latest trends in outdoor styling.
“Outdoor areas tend to be designed for gatherings with family and friends, so the design should reflect this,” says outdoor and interior designer of Oak & Orange, Heather Gampe.
“Functionality and durability are also important factors to consider, as outdoor furniture and alfresco styling pieces also need to be able to withstand the elements,” she says.
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To help you with your outdoor styling quest, Heather shares the latest trends in outdoor furniture for spring 2022.
White Mediterranean style outdoor furniture and daybeds are on-trend at the moment, advises Heather.
“Timber furniture also never goes out of style and is a great starting point when designing an outdoor area,” she says.
Make the most of the warmer weather with a daybed.
Heather also recommends chairs made from rattan and wicker, but advises that they hold up better in covered outdoor areas rather than out in the sun and weather.
If you’re worried black won’t work in the outdoors, think again.
Perhaps you prefer black furniture for practical reasons, such as avoiding cosmetic wear and tear from the elements. If this is the case, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the enduring colour on your outdoor furniture, says Heather.
“Don’t underestimate just how amazing black can look against the pop of lush greenery!” she says.
Crafted from sturdy aluminium with a eucalyptus timber feature on tabletops and arm rests, the new San Lucas setting screams style.
Outdoor umbrellas are the perfect way to help to make an outdoor area feel more relaxed and summery. They not only offer essential shade and look great, but they help set the mood, says Heather.
“If you want to be transported to your favourite summer holiday destination, umbrellas can take you there,” she says.
While we’re talking cushions, it’s important to choose the right colours and styles.
Comfort and style go hand in hand with Amart Ortiz setting.
“Checkers and stripes in warm earthy neutrals are very much in vogue,” advises Heather.
“Think shades of mustard, tan and terracotta.”
While it’s easy to get caught up in the latest trends and what looks amazing on Pinterest or in the glossy pages of your favourite magazines, Heather says longevity is also super important when it comes to outdoor furniture.
The latest styles are great, but choosing quality furniture pieces made of durable materials with product guarantees can help ensure your outdoor settings will stand the test of time.
The on-trend and sleek Havencourt range is sure to impress.
So, what are the most enduring materials?
Heather says aluminium holds up well against the Australian elements, and timber or timber-look furniture are also very durable.
“These days there is some really stylish timber-look aluminium outdoor furniture on the market which gets my tick of approval – it’s both pretty and practical.”
Looking for more outdoor furniture inspiration? Check out Amart’s new outdoor look book.