The Commonwealth Blog

Monday, July 22, 2019

Outdoor Summer Trends

Bringing the indoors outside is all the rage these days, as more homeowners create cozy outdoor spaces with bohemian and minimalist design elements. Learn how to design a vibrant outdoor space that provides comfort for you and your friends this summer.

Go for Boho

The bold bohemian style inspires colorful, welcoming outdoor spaces. Here are some tips for creating a tasteful bohemian patio or porch.

Mix Your Materials

Bring indoor elements like brass, rope, and textured upholstery outdoors to mix things ups. Use rugs, couches, and chandeliers outside to create an alluring space that offers the same comforts as your living room.

Be Bold with Color

Use bold colors over neutral upholstered fabrics. Citrus-bright oranges, reds, yellows, and pinks placed over tan or gray couch cushions make your lounging area cheerful, so don’t be afraid to go big with color when you shop for new pillows, throw rugs, and blankets. Boho design doesn’t require everything to match, so you have the freedom to throw differently sized and patterned accessories together for a colorful effect.

Roll Out the Rug

One easy way to bring the inside outside is to add a colorful rug to the ground near your mix of furniture, pillows, and accessories. Moroccan-styled or Mexican-inspired rugs instantly change your patio’s vibe with bursts of color and intricate patterns. For a subtler look, use a solid color that complements your landscaping.

Turn on the Lights

Lanterns, hanging lights, and outdoor fireplaces create that “indoor cozy” feel—placing hanging lights above your seating area also adds length and dimension to the space. Peruse second-hand stores or your favorite department store for old colored glass lanterns and outdoor chandeliers. Soft, mellow light will set the mood for relaxing with family and friends on a warm summer evening.

Aim for Minimalism

Alongside bohemian décor, Scandinavian minimalist elements are at the forefront of summer trends. Scandinavian design emphasizes simplicity and function, with a focus on natural materials, pale colors, and basic shapes. Lounge chairs, love seats, and bistro tables made of neutral woods and powder-coated aluminum are showing up in more stores and backyards across the country.

Combining the Two Styles

How do you combine bohemian and minimalist design elements in a sophisticated way? It’s easier than you think. Start with a minimalist base, using simple and natural furnishings, then add colorful pillows and hanging lanterns on top. By starting with a simple base, you have room to incorporate vibrant accent without dizzying your guests.

With these tips and tricks under your belt, you can design a trendy space that’s cozy and maybe even a bit magical. 

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