Stoep, veranda, braai room, entertainment area – the patio goes by many names. It just goes to show that it is a room equally appreciated by diverse personalities. But this season it doesn’t matter what you call the home’s connection to the outdoors, all that matters is that you make proper use of it. We look at what patio trends are popping up across the world:
Furniture: Hanging Chairs & Comfortable Seating
This season, patio furniture is all about bringing the indoors outside and creating comfort – from hanging chairs and outdoor daybeds to cosy couches that invite you to sit and linger for a while longer. Patio furniture is also about entertaining, those large family lunches around an outdoor dining table or an intimate coffee for two at a small bistro set. Furniture in a mix of materials like wicker, cast iron, stone and wood pair wonderfully together. Dual purpose pieces are also very on trend.
Lighting: Chandeliers to candles
Choice of lighting is important in every room of the house, and the patio is no different. Light fittings in wicker and other natural materials hit the brief perfectly, yet popular indoor chandeliers and pendants are being used on covered patios too. String lights and candle lanterns set the tone for a memorable casual dining experience outside.
Fire: From the braai to the boma
What would a South African patio be without a little fire? No matter the season, a crackling fire somewhere in the vicinity of the room ultimately translates into “the party has started”. From a functional braai and dramatic boma to the popular fire pit – the choice is yours.
Decor: Neutrals vs. bold patterns
While the use of neutral, earthy tones on the patio is everywhere, accent colours in green and blue as well as bold patterns and prints are making waves. These are incorporated into scatters, carpets and lamps in stripes, Aztec and tropical. On the tropical note, edible decor such as herbs and mobile cocktail gardens are the ultimate greenery for this space.
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