Trend Watch: Outdoor Living

Our Favorite Outdoor Living Trends!

By Francesca Messina

With the weather heating up we are enjoying the great outdoors! Here are our favorite trends to enhance your outdoor living space this summer.

Inside Out: Indoor Design Elements Used Outside

Break all the rules about outdoor living this summer and consider using items usually reserved for indoor spaces. This is an approach that truly blurs the lines between the inside and outside. Resulting in looks that will make you wish the summer season would last forever!

Think classic wall sconces, elegant chandeliers, textured rugs and even breezy curtains to create your own Secret Garden atmosphere, where a sense of intimacy is also part of the great outdoors.

Who couldn’t use a little hideaway now and then? Re-imagine your outdoor spaces with a pile of vibrantly-patterned cushions or an entire outdoor room featuring put-up-your feet ottomans and durable yet stylish coffee tables.

An Explosion of Color: Keep it Bright

Bright, cheerful, saturated color is what this season is all about, and so is adding fresh tints to unexpected places. Whimsical wall-mounted mailboxes recall a jar full of rainbow sprinkles as they lend a welcoming note to your front door.

Relax on stackable garden chairs and bench seating in a textural mesh finish, an on-trend look that stows away easily. Choose fabrics in delicious shades like melon, mango and peach. Furthermore, opt for a shimmering beaded chandelier finished in a deep royal blue.

Lively accents set the stage for backyard barbecues and impromptu get-togethers, adding a burst of color to the everyday occasions that make summer so memorable.

Sunny and 80: Outdoor Cooking

Whether you favor industrial style or something more fanciful for your backyard get-togethers, there are so many ways to create an enduring impression. Outdoor cooks will be drawn to an array of professional-grade grills and pizza ovens rendered in tactile combinations of stone and metal.

Graphic-printed melamine tableware in vibrant patterns is elegant enough to be used by candlelight, yet these sturdy pieces work equally well while sitting poolside or for use by your youngest guests. Stylish and practical, it’s a winning combination right in line with summertime’s expansive mood.

Botanical Beauty: Inspired by Nature

One of the best ways to enjoy your garden is to supply generous seating; it encourages a quiet moment or hosts an al fresco luncheon. Choices range from benches rendered in clean, modern lines or seating that embraces authentic Adirondack style using branch-like forms.

Rest a pale turquoise pitcher on a side table, just the right touch for a refreshing beverage, adult or otherwise. Highlight your garden with unique concrete planters in towering shapes capped by a bit of greenery, or try an inventive mannequin figure reminiscent of an ancient artifact.

Last Word:

Take a cue from nature as you fall completely under summer’s magical spell with outdoor living.  Visit a Blackman Showroom to learn more about the outdoor living products we sell.

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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