The experts agree: One of the biggest trends for patios this year is bringing indoor features outdoors.
By Breanna Mroczek | July 4, 2017
Put down the folding chairs and red plastic cups – this summer, it’s all about bringing indoor fixtures from your home outside. “The backyard should be an extension of the look and feel of the rest of the house,” says Janice Funston, an interior decorator at Henry’s Purveyor of Fine Things. “One of the biggest trends this year is entertaining at home,” says Wendy Foxcroft, the general manager of Chintz & Company. “People are really focusing on spending time with friends and family, and want to make the spaces where they entertain special,” adds Barbara Bairstow of Chintz & Company. “Edmonton summers are short and people want to capitalize on that time and enjoy it.” Dominique Berryman, a buyer for Simons’ Maison department, adds that the popular indoor/outdoor decor trend was translated into an entire collection for their stores this season. So whether it’s fine china or a chandelier that’s adding some pizzazz to your patio, it’s time to bring what’s inside your home outside.
10 Ways To Give Your Outdoor Space that Indoor Look and Feel
Use large outdoor statement pieces, such as sculptures and artwork, to make the space seem bigger and create focal points in your yard.
Use furnishings you would use indoors, such as plates, pillows and placemats, in outdoor-friendly materials, such as water-repellent and UV protective fabric – but don’t be afraid to take out the china!
Invest in a good quality rug and pick the correct size that suits the size of your patio and the furniture placement. Avoid rubber-back rugs, as this just soaks in the moisture and causes mildew.
Divide your yard into “rooms,” no matter how small it is, with trellises, screens or big pots, instead of just stuffing everything into the open.
Start off with smaller items, like a lantern, and then slowly add in larger items like rugs and furniture to build the look.