Nearly all suburban houses in Australia have large backyards and having such large outdoor spaces requires some furniture to sit and relax. Outdoor furniture has seen a lot of growth in terms of design and functionality. The popular trends for this year are:
Bursts of colour
Safe and neutral colours are now passé and there has been an explosion of colour and shapes among the newer outdoor furniture designs. As the weather warms up, people are gravitating to filling their backyards with vibrant hues of yellow, green and red and not just with plants.
Multifunctional Outdoor Sets
Advances in furniture design have made our furniture do more than what they are intended for. Chairs and tables with built-in storage are a welcome addition to our houses. They can help you store accessories that would normally be found lying around so you don’t have to worry about cleaning up after that weekend family barbeque.
Space saving Outdoor Sets
Just because you have a smaller area doesn’t mean you have to skimp on comfort and style. Many outdoor sets come with flexible seating and have coordinating accessories that can be arranged in any way you want to fit in with your decor. Furniture with a smaller footprint also is easier to store with many stools and chairs being stackable so your space is not messy when you are not using it.
Mix and match
When it comes to outdoor furniture, wicker is the most popular material choice. It’s light and sturdy making it perfect for outdoor use where you don’t want to be lugging heavy furniture around. It’s now updated with modern shapes and neutral colour palette. This year, that has been taken a step further with designers incorporating other materials like wood and metal to give it a contrasting effect.
Front porch decor
The front of the house doesn’t have to look bare and boring. You can now pretty it up with some great furniture that will fit into porches of all shapes and sizes. Some classic porch furniture includes porch swings, Adirondack chairs and wooden benches. Decking your porch with some quality outdoor furniture can create a strong curb appeal and give your house a distinct look compared to the rest of the neighbourhood.
Outdoor furniture is exposed to the elements more than the ones indoors so it’s important to maintain it properly in order to ensure they stand the test of time. Wash down all your furniture with hot water and soap, check for broken fittings and oil hinges. Do this regularly and your furniture will last you a long time. All images featured in this article provided are from InteriorSecrets.com.au.