A wonderful way to enjoy time with your friends and family is by spending it outdoors on your patio. Formerly just a place to house your foldable camping chairs and plastic table, patios are now turning into beautiful and comfortable extensions of a home that can be enjoyed for many months of the year.
If you want to make the most of your patio this summer, here are the top trends in patio furniture for 2018.
The fire pit as the focal point
Fire pits are no longer a plain brick afterthought in the centre of your backyard - they’ve become a key focal point on patios to create a welcoming gathering place.
With so many styles and material options to choose from, you can fit your fire pit to your preferred style. There are raised, wood-burning fire pits that can be installed directly on your patio, giving you the campfire feel of crackling wood without having to dig a hole in the ground. There are also propane and gas fire pits that come in gorgeous varieties of faux wood, rock, and glass. These fire pits give off a steady, high quality flame without having to refill the fuel source.
High quality furniture
With the trend of moving indoor living to the outdoors, the focus of patio furniture in 2018 has been creating an outdoor space that everyone can truly enjoy - one that includes comfortable and high-quality patio furniture. Woven wicker with aluminum framing, teak, and synthetic resin are all high-quality materials that are resistant to water, rust, and even fading.
Furniture colours of choice: greige or black
Walk into any store that sells furniture this season, and you’ll notice that many of the patio furniture sets are a greyish beige - also known as “greige”. The mix of warm and cool tones makes greige furniture and accessories (like plant pots) an easy backdrop for playful pops of colour in patio cushions, throw pillows, and other accessories like candle holders.
Black is still popular since it also creates a great backdrop for added colours. It can also be used to create a bold, modern look, while still giving off a timeless feel.
Colourful throw pillows
Outdoor living is all about having a bit of fun and bringing your personality to the space. Throw pillows offer an easy way to do this. The popular trend this year involves bold, solid colours, like reds and yellows mixed with interesting designs. Geometric patterns are also fashionable, as well as themed pillows which can be anything your heart desires. Travel, dog, and nature motifs are very common.
Large dining tables
Traditionally, people favoured small bistro tables with two chairs on their patios. But lately, there’s been an increased demand to have large or oversize dining tables that can accommodate 8 or more people. And why wouldn’t you want to keep the party outside? Since Calgary’s summers are short but sweet, it’s great to spend as much time outdoors without being relegated to the kitchen for space!
Even if you have the perfect patio set up, a lack of lighting after the sun goes down can make your outdoor space look drab. Conversely, too much lighting means you won’t be able to enjoy the serenity of the night sky (and neither will your neighbours).
To provide the perfect amount of light, you have a few options. A popular trend in 2018 is to use strip lighting under railings and stairs to create a warm glow. Another lighting trend is to hang fairy lights from trees or above the seating area. And, of course, well placed candles never go out of style.