Saturday 15 June 2019

Bringing the indoors outdoors is the biggest trend of summer 2019

Summer is finally here, and so is the chance to make proper use of your outdoor space.

If the coming months are anything like the summer of 2018, we’ll be spending the majority of our time off basking in the sunshine (don’t forget the sun cream) and enjoying food and drinks in the garden.

With this in mind, it could be the perfect time to turn your balcony, patio or garden into its own little sanctuary – no matter its size.

In the last five years, traditional plastic garden furniture has largely been replaced by edgier, unique designs that can really make an outdoor space stand out. From bamboo daybeds, to swing chairs, to different styles of lighting, we’ve started to think outside the box when it comes to embracing our outdoor spaces.

WOO .Design are a Dublin-based company with an extensive range of outdoor furniture as part of their online store, and they’re leading the charge away from those uncomfortable, generic plastics of old. Here are the outdoor trends that you need to know about.

Mixed materials

Irish people are pushing the boat out when it comes to design and shunning uniformity.

Stylish yet comfortable pieces win the day, and those with more space in their gardens are choosing pieces like these stunning outdoor sofas.

One of the key trends for the summer of 2019 revolves around mixed materials.

Taking shape last summer, this year will see the innovation really come to fruition as people mix wicker couches with cast iron tables, teak chairs with aluminium benches, and lots more.

Think of your favourite pub or café, and how seldom one piece of furniture matches the one next to it yet the whole effect is warm, cosy and welcoming. The same principle stands for your outdoor space, where homogenous sets are now seen as passé and it’s all about using different parts to make the whole collection stand out.

Hammock season

More and more, you will see swing chairs and hammocks displayed in Irish gardens as people move out of their living rooms in the fine weather, and into their own private outside idyll.

There’s nothing like climbing into your own hammock to help you relax and unwind. It’s the simplest way to make your back garden feel like a Caribbean island on a warm day.

The best of both worlds

Thankfully, there’s an emerging trend towards bringing outdoor furniture into the home, with more and more people settling into sleek, comfortable patio chairs and sofas while catching up on their favourite movies or shows.

This Lois Black Woven Lounge Chair, for instance, is perfect for sitting back and relaxing while a gale blows outside, and is easily transferred back to the garden when the sun starts shining again.

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The outdoor living room

This first developed as a trend a couple of years ago and it’s still going strong.

Those with bigger gardens and a decent budget are choosing to build their own living rooms outdoors, creating a free standing patio structure that lets you enjoy all the benefits of your outside space even if the weather isn’t at its best.

These standalone structures are not connected to the house in any way, and are a move away from those traditional extensions that really just feel like you’re in a slightly less cosy version of your sitting room.

Moving the patio away from the house is a great way to spend time away from home without leaving the house.

Creating atmosphere

Not everyone has the money to extend outdoors. Still, your budget doesn’t need to be an obstacle to creating something truly exceptional outdoors.

Vibrant colour is the order of the day, and urban spaces are being decorated with living walls of plants, flowers and even herbs that can be added to your barbeque to add flavour. These can easily be installed on balconies and on garage walls and look great in smaller gardens where space is at a premium.

You can buy self-watering units that keep themselves in full health, and it’s the perfect antidote to drab, grey surroundings.

Lighting

This is a major factor in creating the perfect outside atmosphere during the summer, and lets those lazy afternoons extend into long nights relaxing with family and friends.

This is where technology really comes into its own, and it’s easier than ever to find and install LED lights that can be controlled by your phone to create the perfect vibe.

However, if that sounds like too much trouble, consider using string lights and hanging them around your shed, patio or garden wall. These are generally shatterproof and will last through any unpleasant conditions. Some will even come with a remote control that lets you change the colour of the lights as you see fit.

If you need some professional tips on getting the most from your garden, WOO .Design are one of 160 hand-picked exhibitors and experts from the interior design industry exhibiting at house 2019 from May 24 - 26.

house 2019, Ireland’s premier interior design event, takes place in the RDS from May 24 - 26.

Tickets are on sale now on the house 2019 website.

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