Have you caught the passion for outdoor living?
Whether you’re dining al fresco, gathered around a chat table fire pit on a cool night or reading on the front porch in the rain, there’s something almost therapeutic about being outside.
And it has never been easier or more fun to create an outdoor living space that’s inviting, beautiful and personal.
Quality, stylish seating and dining furnishings go a long way toward creating comfortable open-air spaces. Today, outdoor furniture includes deep-seating sectionals and sofas and even deep-seating swivel rockers, reclining chairs and sofas. Yet, it’s really the accents –– pillows, rugs, accessories and lighting — that allow you to make exterior spaces your own.
It’s the accents and accessories that give your outdoor room an interior design flair.
Where to begin creating an inviting outdoor living room?
“I’m a firm believer in going with a color palette of neutrals, earth tones or navy for your seating, then layering in personality and pops of color with throw pillows and outdoor rugs,” said Nicole Harris, design director for Barcalounger Oudoor Living.
One of the most exciting things about the pillow program is that it is a quick-ship assortment. “Find a Barcalounger Outdoor Living retailer, pick out the fabric, trim and shape of pillows you want, and once your order them, they will be shipped to the retailer in 72 hours or less,” Harris explains.
After pillows, then layer in plants and flowers. “Cactuses and succulents are really hot today, in nice earthenware planters,” Harris said.
Just as string and solar lights add ambiance and warmth to your exterior space, fire pits and fire pit-chat tables are “a huge outdoor accessory right now, and the variety of looks and price points is exploding,” Harris said.
When putting together the furnishings and accessories for your space, the key is creating a layered and textured look. “Whether lakeside or seaside, the look today is to have tactile things you want to touch and feel,” Harris said. “Sometimes you may go for a rustic or deconstructed look, yet mix it in with something new. Do a lot of mixing…with shells, rope, candles, flowers and plants.
Go for a mix and match look, not a rigid theme.”
She continued, “Don’t feel you have to have the sofas, chairs, table and everything match. The key is to create a tactile, eclectic and inviting look,” she said.
The Westbrook Collection offers 3-position reclining sofas and reclining chairs. This classically transitional style woven PCV wicker design features exposed aluminum arms and front legs while the table top has an aluminum slat top with hand-applied antique finish. Photo: Barcalounger Outdoor Living.