Tue. May 26th, 2020

Karl Lohnes: Follow these two trends to design stylish outdoor comfort

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It’s safe to say that summer weather is long overdue this year.

I’ve never been a particularly outdoorsy type, but this year I’m anticipating summer so that I can enjoy another aspect of being at home: my terraces, which, come summer, become extensions of my living space. As with any room, decorating your outdoor space should reflect both your style and how you want to use the space, whether it be for lounging or dining. And, of course, there are summer trends and styles to consider.

I love this summer’s two biggest influences on outdoor decor trends: decorating outside as you would indoors and creating a travel-inspired theme. Here’s what to look for and how to use these trends to create your own summertime oasis.

Take me away

Travel plans might have shrunk to local trips this spring and summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace getaway dreams right in your own backyard. Look for outdoor accessories to create the feeling of your favourite getaway destination, whether it be dining alfresco in Italy (look for high quality indoor/outdoor melamine dishes with Capri-tile and lemon motifs starting from $7 at Bed, Bath & Beyond), drinks in Morocco (check out the beautiful terrazzo planters at CB2) or high tea in London (shop for ice-brew teas from DavidsTea to keep cool and stay hydrated while on the patio). All of these; plus themed rugs, hurricane lanterns and placemats are easy ways to dress up the terrace and evoke some style memories. Select items with a particular theme in mind or choose accessories in one colour (think turquoise for the Greek isles or lavender for Provence) to evoke memories of your favourite summer destination.

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