Five Outdoor Decor Trends to Try This Spring
The hunt for garden furniture and accessories can be overwhelming. Because we get to pour over thousands of photos of outdoor spaces, we thought we’d share the top trends that are inspiring us to give outdoor spaces a fresh look — in plenty of time for the languid summer days on the horizon.
Experiment With Natural Furniture
A flood of rattan and cane furniture now on the market is playing on the 1970’s rattan vibe with a contemporary twist. These are a far cry from the more cubist furniture of the past few years, and we’re loving their brazen dose of personality. Plus, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a hip Australian hotel or Balinese beach resort.
Bring the rattan look into the 21st century by mixing in softer and more naturally derived materials and pieces with a more fluid form. Complement this furniture with bold, straightforward colors and desert-inspired, not tropical, plants. Steer clear of monstera printed fabrics or bamboo joints to avoid the tiki look.
A pro tip: organic materials don’t weather as well as synthetics and plastics, so be sure to bring furniture in during inclement weather.
Look up to Overhead Interest
Suspended objects like hanging planters and artistic lighting create pleasant focal points while animating a space. Think of these features as a fresh alternative to static garden sculptures. They’re easier to maintain than a fountain and can enliven an area with living or dining furniture with a good dose of personality.
Suspend Your Seating
Swinging chairs and benches is another trend we’re loving. Consider tucking a hanging chair into a garden corner, or adding a contemporary take on the old fashioned porch swing to a front or back deck.
Ditch Minimalism, Embrace Maximalism
Bored by the past few years of sparse styling and neutral colors? This is the trend for you. Personality pops with a sense of adventure when bold patterns, bright colors, and a mix of textures appear in an outdoor space.
Get the look by mixing and matching plants. Create a range of textures by placing small foliage next to large leaves, and don’t be afraid of colorful leaves and blooms. Patterned tiles with bold designs will bring a space to life. Pick large, graphic prints for outdoor textiles like cushions and rugs.
Take 1990s Luxe Outside
As overalls and combat boots trend in fashion this spring, take a nod from the nineties as you refresh outdoor areas. Eclectic, homey furniture — think Monica’s apartment on Friends — is getting a fresh life outside. We’re seeing playful mixing and matching of furniture styles anchored by overstuffed sofas and chairs coming back in muted colors, lending a contemporary style to an extra comfy trend.
Those quirky faux finishes and gaudy chandeliers of the 90s are also seeing a resurgence, if the newly opened flagship restaurant by Restoration Hardware in Napa is any indication.
Have some fun getting your outdoor spaces ready for the warm months ahead. Trying out a new style starts with incorporating small touches at a time, weaving new elements into what you already have.