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The Ultimate Outdoor Furniture Guide

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Like it or not, outdoor dining and entertaining is becoming an absolute staple in the you-know-what years. So let’s make the most of it while the sun is shining at least!

Whether you’re looking for slick and minimal, or punchy and fun, here are four dreamy moodboards for the outdoor set-up of your dreams.

21st January, 2022

Ultimate summer situation!

A mellow yellow mood. Left photo – Lauren Lea Haynes for Hali Rugs. Photo – Cricket Studio.  Styling – Bea Lambos + Studio Joy.

Poolside is the best option here.

Fun + Playful

Did someone say sunshine? Match your outdoor dining situation with the glorious summer weather courtesy of this lineup of playful, brightly hued pieces.

Get the look:

1. Golden Oasis Umbrella by Sunday Supply. RRP $249

2. Leonore Kids Inflatable Pool in Yellow Stripe from Designstuff. RRP $69

3. Positano Pillow ($139) and Tuscany Pillow ($129) by Hommey.

4. Kin Outdoor Sofa by Tim Webber from Cult Design. POA.

5. Lightly x Bunnings planter. RRP $59

6. Trace Drinks Trolley by Adam Goodrum for Tait. RRP $2,149

7. Foli Table in yellow by Lauren Lea Haynes. RRP $1,390

8. Thinking Man’s Chair by Cappellini from Cult Design. RRP $4,350

9. Beppi Sling Chair from Basil Bangs. RRP $389

10. Lightly x Bunnings planter. RRP $59

11. Robyn Alfresco Sofa + Two Armchairs Set from Life Interiors. RRP $2,499

12. Flowerpot VP9 Portable Table Lamp by &Tradition from Cult Design. RRP $385

13. Terrace Stacking Chair by Nau from Cult Design. RRP $711

14. Bread with Butter CHUB stool in ‘Intensity Sunshine’ from Curated Spaces. RRP $450

15. Lightly x Bunnings planter. RRP $59

A fresh spin on classic rattan and cane!

Textures lend interest to neutral and natural palettes.

Terracotta tones, terrazzo  and terraces – iconic!

Tonal Textures

We’re seeing texture everywhere in Australian interiors right now – think mottled wall treatments, terracotta tiles, and woven rattan. So why not extend the texture trend to the great outdoors? These eye-catching designs incorporate on-trend natural materials and textures, with rugged weather-resistant finishes.

Get the look:

1. DOMO Paris Chair by Sika Design. RRP $2,595

2. Vilena Terracotta Alfresco Coffee Table from Life Interiors. RRP $399

3. Summer Deck Beach Umbrella from Sunday Supply. $249

4. Desert Indoor Outdoor Lounge Chair by Ferm Living from Designstuff. RRP $729

5. Tres Outdoor Black Rug by Nanimarquina from Cult Design. RRP $4,930

6. Queenslander Day Bed by Naturally Cane. RRP $1,875

7. Lagos Outdoor Cushion from Hommey. RRP $129

8. Hakon Hollow Side Table by La Forma from Life Interiors. RRP $259

9. Sheryl Alfresco Dining Arm Chair by La Forma from Life Interiors. RRP $449

10. Nadin Alfresco Arm Chair by La Forma from Life Interiors. RRP $499

11. Capra x Bunnings Planter. RRP $85

You can be outside and still be sleek and chic.

Dark colours and sturdy materials weather the elements well.

Interesting lines and asymmetrical shapes bring a design element where there is no colour to work with.

Minimalist Modern

Dagginess, begone! Contrary to popular belief, it is indeed possible to find slick, sleek and minimalist outdoor furniture. Powder coated steel, monochrome tones and craft metalwork in chic, angular forms is guaranteed to elevate your outdoor space.

Get the look:

1. Bird Feeder by Pidat from Designstuff. RRP $129

2. Havsten chair from IKEA. RRP $435

3. Don’t Leave Me table by HAY from Cult Design. RRP $355

4. Yuki 2 Seat Outdoor Sofa by Nau from Cult Design. RRP $8,256

5. Linear Steel Table from LIghtly. RRP $1,849

6. Ocean Table by Mater from Cult Design. RRP $1,320

7. Palissade Sun Lounge by HAY from Cult Design. RRP $1,310

8. Granada Hourglass Side Table by Globe West. RRP $635

9. Terrace Stacking Chair by Nau from Cult Design. RRP $711

10. Carrie Portable Lamp by MENU from Designstuff. RRP $399

11. Trace Drinks Trolley by Adam Goodrum for Tait. RRP $2,149

Small spaces are notoriously difficult to furnish, whether indoors or out!

The secret is opt for foldable, portable or stackable pieces.

Smaller Spaces

Smaller spaces are notoriously difficult to furnish, indoor or out! Make the most of your limited room by opting for foldable, portable or stackable pieces. Innovation in the space economy!

Get the look:

1. Carrie Portable Lamp by MENU from Designstuff. RRP $399

2. Palissade Chair by HAY from Cult Design. RRP $450

3. Folding Stool by ferm Living from Designstuff. RRP $269

4. Palissade Cone Table by HAY from Cult Design. RRP $1,060

5. Bau Balcony Flower Box by ferm Living from Designstuff. RRP $169

6. Capra Designs x Bunnings Planter. RRP $75

7. Fermob Bistro Chair from Pomegranate. RRP $180

8. Fermob Round Table from Pomegranate. RRP $400

9. Everdure Cube Barbequeue. RRP $200

10. Linea Outdoor Package from Freedom. RRP $569

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