Outdoor Trends to Extend Your Summer Vibes

Here's what's on-trend, outdoors.

03 Feb 2017 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

The hottest outdoor trends for 2017 are sure to get you out of the house. But if gardening and getting your hands dirty are not your idea of fun, grab a great summer read, put your feet up and surround yourself with these decorating must-haves!

Detailed Concrete

“We’re seeing a lot more detailed concrete work coming into play and we expect this to continue throughout 2017,” says Matt Leacy, co-founder and creative director of Landart Landscapes.

“Instead of using a tile or paver, more people are leaning towards a nice finished concrete. Whether it’s sandblasted, honed or even burnished,” he continues.

If you are thinking more small scale design elements, choose concrete seats, storage or outdoor platters to pick up on this trend.

“Concrete is not only highly durable and relatively low-maintenance, but it is also super versatile,” Matt explains. It also lends itself beautifully to bespoke garden designs, almost ‘disappearing, so the plants can get all the attention.

“With the Australian property market as competitive as ever, homeowners and property investors in 2017 will likely look to add value through landscape design,” Matt assures. So concrete may just be your perfect outdoor pairing!

Outdoor Buys to Extend your Summer Vibes: AW17 - Casa Uno Eden Branch Concrete Side Table

Casa Uno Eden Branch Concrete Side Table, $239.95, available at Zanui.

Outdoor Buys to Extend your Summer Vibes: AW17 - Lyon Beton Concrete Cube

Lyon Beton Concrete Cube, $344, available at Amara Living.

Outdoor Buys to Extend your Summer Vibes: AW17 - Urban Outfitters Concrete Side Table

Urban Outfitters Concrete Side Table, approx. $210, available at Urban Outfitters.

Terracotta Takes II

“Terracotta is also being used again, not necessarily in its traditional form, but for its warmth and broad range of colours,” notes Matt of this outdoor trend renaisance.

Matt says, “The re-imagined Terracotta is a lot more natural in look and feel, it’s nothing like what we saw in the 80s,” he assures. “There’s a wide palate of colour choice available which surprises a lot of people and there are some lighter quite subtle colours in the terracotta range,” he continues, adding that the lighter hues offer a more natural matte finish which works beautifully in outdoor settings.

Matt suggests adding rustic wood elements to terracotta furnishings or outdoor accessories to infuse a rich finish. Although there are many different colours to choose from, “I can’t seem to go past the softer, more gentle neutral tones,” says Matt.

Outdoor Buys to Extend your Summer Vibes: AW17 - Pop & Scott Terracotta Dip Pot

Pop & Scott Terracotta Dip Pot, $145, available at Hunting For George.

Outdoor Buys to Extend your Summer Vibes: SS16 - Alder Terracotta Table Lamp

Alder Terracotta Table Lamp, approx. $129 now $79, available at Urban Outfitters.

Outdoor Buys to Extend your Summer Vibes: SS16 - RawRevivals Modern Gold Glitter Terracotta Pots with Saucer

RawRevivals Modern Gold Glitter Terracotta Pots with Saucer, $13, available at Etsy.

Black + White Out

If you’re lucky enough to be planning the installation of a pool, Matt notes that the outdoor trends are shifting away from aquatic blues, and into more monochromatic tones. “I think we’ll see Aussies move away from traditional mid-blues in terms of pool colour choices, towards white and black,” predicts Matt. White around a pool or water feature gives a sand-at-the-beach look. “When they reflect the sky they achieve a beautiful, pristine blue water that looks unenhanced and very natural,”  he says.

Black outdoor settings are elegant and timeless, he adds. “They give a certain opulence as well as being really natural and inviting,” he says.

Outdoor Buys to Extend your Summer Vibes: SS16 - Cadiz Outdoor Chaise Set

Cadiz Outdoor Chaise Set, $899 now $299, available at Brosa.

Outdoor Buys to Extend your Summer Vibes: SS16 - Dash & Albert Catamaran Outdoor Rug

Dash & Albert Catamaran Outdoor Rug, from $114.95, available at Zanui.

Outdoor Buys to Extend your Summer Vibes: AW17 - Indosoul Bintan Outdoor Ottoman Cover

Indosoul Bintan Outdoor Ottoman Cover, $69.95, available at Zanui.

Concrete, Terracotta or Monochrome…which trend are you set to try outside your abode?


03 Feb 2017 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

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