Patio Trends That Are Heating Up This Summer

in , , by Julie Nichols, July 22, 2019
This summer it's easier than ever to create a patio area that's an extension of your home.  Design elements that were once considered for indoor use only are showing up in outdoor living spaces.  Whether you have a tiny patio like me or an expensive one, my guide to creating an outdoor patio oasis will help you take full advantage of summer living.  So read on for six design ideas that you can use to make your patio chic and comfortable all summer long.   

1. Minimalistic Design

With a new focus on minimalistic design, outdoor furnishings such as dining chairs, and tables are sleek and lightweight.  Look for powder-coated aluminum furniture and finish the look with neutral colors like pale gray, white, or black. Or mix and match with a natural material like eucalyptus.  

2. Mixed Materials

Design elements that are considered for indoor use only like textured upholstery, brass, rope, and webbing are combining in new and unexpected ways for outdoor spaces. Soft rugs and cushy ottomans are now popular for outside, and new fabric options now include outdoor safe velvets and linens, leathers, and nubby chenilles.


3. The Heat Is On

Bring a sense of indoor cozy to your patio with a fire feature.  This feature makes outdoor spaces feel stylish, comfortable, and functional as interiors with all the amenities. 

4. Pops Of Color

Think about adding splashes of vibrant colors to brighten up neutral upholstered furniture. Colors like citrus-bright oranges, reds, yellows, and pinks are this summer's top color trend.  If these colors are too bright for your taste add a touch of trending emerald green in accessories. 

5. Go Green

Bring eco-conscious living to your patio with a living wall and solar-powered LED accent lights. Living walls make a design statement and solar-powered LED lights provided upgraded illumination without the complex wiring or tricky installation.  

I love this festive idea: solar-powered lantern string lights around the perimeter of a patio.
6.  Mix & Match

There is no longer a need to rely on matching patio sets for a pulled-together look.  Eclectic, curated outdoor spaces are popular this summer.  To achieve this look to an existing patio set add mix and match patterned outdoor pillows, a textured ottoman, and a vintage rattan side table.

I hope I encouraged you to get inspired to make your patio your new favorite living space!

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