Outdoor Furniture and Accessories That Combine Function and Style

June 29, 2020


Summer is here! Whether you’re beating the heat in your backyard or on your balcony, let’s make sure you have everything you need to enjoy the season in style. From outdoor furniture, to summer accessories, to decorative accents - here are my top picks of functional outdoor items that are also stylish:


Sun Shades and Umbrellas


Sun shades and umbrellas are the ultimate example of functional items that can also add a splash of fun to your outdoor decor! Whether you opt for a classic white or choose to mix it up with a bright color or fun print, your umbrella keeps you cool and serves as a centerpiece for your outdoor design. 


(Photos from Decoist


Outdoor Throw Pillows


Throw pillows are always a good idea! Especially when you plan to lounge the day away outdoors. When selecting outdoor throw pillows or outdoor cushions, it’s important to look at the material. Choose an outdoor / easy-care fabric that will withstand the elements and keep you comfortable all summer long (Perennials and Sunbrella are great!). I suggest opting for a fun color, so that your accent pillows act as a design element (as well as a head rest).


(Photo from August Black Interior Design


Furniture with Storage


Outdoor furniture is crucial, both for the design and the comfort of your outdoor space. But, it can also be a great way to store all of the items that you need outside. No more running back and forth into the house with wet feet for a towel. And then again for sunscreen. And again for that book you’ve been meaning to read all year. Instead, find an outdoor sofa or outdoor table that doubles as a storage bench, like the one shown below. 


For more outdoor inspiration, check out my blog on Outdoor Seating Ideas for Summer 2020.


(Photo from InGarden


Place Settings


Who doesn’t love dining al fresco? There’s just something about it - especially when you have all the accessories to set the table beautifully and keep nature away from your plate. From centerpieces, to citronella candles, to mesh plate coverings, there are tons of creative ways to use your outdoor dining table as a beautiful compliment to your outdoor design. 


(Photo from August Black Interior Design


Climate Control Solutions


Last, but certainly not least, for a truly functional outdoor space: climate control. On a hot day, you might need a fan or a mister. On a chilly evening, a space heater or fire pit can make everything cozy. Luckily, not all outdoor climate control solutions are as ugly as they used to be (yay!) - In fact, they can add a modern design flair to your outdoor area. 


(Photo from Color My Living) 


Give us a call when you’re ready to maximize the functionality and style of your outdoor space!​


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