Outdoor Furniture Trends
One of the most wonderful developments in outdoor furniture trends in recent years has been the vast increase in range available in Australia. Emerging trends and technologies are delivering our clients such a variety of gorgeous furnishings that it’s hard to choose! To find out the latest outdoor furniture trends – and perhaps help narrow down the options a bit – we spoke to Nick Addlem at Cosh Living and Asher Cole at Secret Gardens.
Arts and crafts
Designers are loving all things natural and organic looking, employing similar woven techniques to traditional wicker furniture, but using more modern – synthetic and highly durable – materials. “It gives that handmade feel, but is high technology,” says Nick, who singles out Tribu’s ‘Tosca’ collection by Monica Armani and Gloster’s ‘Grand Weave’ as good examples of this style. It’s an aesthetic that also reflects and complements the changing trends in landscaping, as garden palettes lean away from formal structures and towards more natural and loose plantings.
The starkly modern palette of black and white seen in recent years has been replaced by muted neutrals. “They’re more natural looking, in colours that are led by nature,” says Nick. So fabrics and frames might be in beautiful soft blues and greens, greys and beiges, while natural materials, such as teak, are more likely to be left to age and weather, giving the garden a gorgeous sense of time passing.
Just add accessories!
“People are living a lot more outdoors in Australia – there’s not as a great a distinction between indoors and outdoors – and they want to make their outdoor areas feel as comfortable as possible,” says Nick. To achieve this, people are supplementing their basic outdoor settings with the cosy accoutrements that make our interiors so comfy, from side tables and lanterns, to throws and cushions borrowed from indoors. The idea is to have fun with your outdoor setting and to see it, not as rigid and unchanging, but flexible, able to be styled up to suit your mood or the occasion.
Aiding in this, there’s a shift towards lighter furniture – powder-coated aluminium and slender frames, as opposed to solid steel or teak that is designed to sit in one place forever. These newer pieces are not only visually lighter, but also physically, making them easier to move around if the mood strikes.
Mix and match
Asher advises, there’s a strong move away from matchy-matchy outdoor settings, which again brings people’s attitudes towards outdoor furniture more in line with the way they treat their interiors. Just as you’d be unlikely to kit out your living room with furniture from one range within one store, homeowners are more likely to match an outdoor table, for example, with different yet complementary chairs and accessories. Materials are more likely to mixed up also – an aluminium frame with a teak top, rather than an all-teak setting; or metals such as copper or brass contrasting with timber, perhaps.
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