Tina’s Top 7 Patio Trends

Make your outdoor living space the hottest room “outside” the house!
The signs of summer are everywhere. The days are getting longer and the warmer weather is upon us.  Are you itching to get outside this summer?  Here are some outdoor inspirational ideas and trends to enhance your perfect patio, whether it is an intimate balcony, a small garden, large deck or even a lakeside oasis.
It’s the perfect time to rejuvenate your outdoor spaces with a fresh new look, expanding your entertaining options and increasing the usable square footage in your home.
Tailored Tranquility
Traditional design style honours classic symmetry with infusions of updated elegance. This season is all about bringing indoor comfort and style to outdoor spaces with details that make decks, porches and balconies uniquely yours. Set out a coffee table and coordinating side tables and decorate them with candles, and lanterns, opting for flameless candles in spaces where children or pets play.

Hawksbury Chair and Side Table with Hanging Terrariums

Fill a terrarium with small plants or candles for texture and interest, like the allen + roth large gold hanging terrarium, pictured above, that can be easily hung or placed on a flat surface.

Inside to Outside
In 2018, the trend is all about bringing indoor-style comfort to outdoor furnishings.  Much like camping has evolved into glamping, homeowners are seeking outdoor furniture that is both functional and comfortable.  Expand on your indoor style theme with an outdoor lounge set and various outdoor decor items to create a cozy feel.  Adding a creative cozy mood with an outdoor fire table will spark conversations.  Your friends and family will linger on the patio long into the new season.

allen + roth Piedmont 4 Piece Conversation Set

Another patio trend this season is metallic. Whether your metal of choice is copper, gold or silver, metallic accents can give your space a sleek designer vibe.  If you are a copper fan,  these hammered copper finishes can add a pop of wow to your space and are versatile in use.

allen + roth Ellisview 5 Piece Set
Copper Planter, Tray and Stool

Luxury Lounging
Sit back and relax.  Day beds or lounge beds offer the luxury and comfort of a chaise lounge but are double the size.  Daybeds are such a wonderful idea, and I couldn’t be happier that they’re so popular now. They’re perfect for nearly every occasion. Whether you enjoy lounging in the sun on your own or snuggling up with your loved one or simply sipping a glass of wine with your closest friends, a daybed is a great furniture choice. Perfect for your home and cottage.

allen + roth Morisset Patio Daybed

Bright Ideas
No patio would be complete without proper lighting. Outdoor lighting is not new, but 2018 sees the popular softer, less-harsh lighting. Creating ambience via lighting isn’t just for indoors
Illuminate the space with on-trend string lights made for outdoor use, creating the perfect warm ambiance in your outdoor space. They also look cool wrapped around tree trunks, deck railings or even trellises for an unexpected focal point.
Pair this with the new Solar LED Lighted Umbrella and you will have all your neighbors wanting to come over to enjoy the fun.

Obravia2 Delux Umbrella with LED Lights

Hide and Chic
Adding beauty to any outdoor space, decorative panels are perfect for enhancing privacy and concealing storage areas or unsightly views.  Used as feature walls, inside and out, they can complement any exterior home project.  It’s a clever – and easy – design trick that adds both personal style and functionality to any outdoor living space.

Picture Perfect Panels

Outdoor Solutions – Multi Functional
It’s a stool, it’s a cooler.  Multifunctional pieces are a key component in small space design. Even though you don’t feel you have the room for certain pieces, you would be amazed that you do once you see how compact furniture pieces can be like this Keter 3-in-1 design Plastic Stool Cooler: cooler, coffee table, or seat.   Plus perfect for storage or to use as a coffee or side table the Keter 37-gal Circa Rattan Storage Box

Keter Stool and Storage Box

To celebrate summer just around the corner, enter to win our summer surprise. Enter to win a $100 gift card from Lowe’s Canada.  Plus take the guess work out of grilling with the smokin’ hot Weber iGrill Mini.

Weber i-Grill Mini

Prize pack includes:

*$100 Lowe’s Canada Gift Card
*Weber iGrill Mini
*allen + roth Candle
*4 x Lowe’s Summer Beverage Mixes

*Images courtesy of Lowe’s Canada.

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Tina Holmes

Home decor + reno enthusiast, lover of wine, food, a good laugh. Producer of Toronto Home Shows, cottage dweller & cycling addict

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