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Outdoor Living Design Trends for 2020

Life at home has us looking to the deck, balcony, terrace, and veranda a little more closely this year. Now more important than ever, your outdoor living space provides a window into the world beyond. It's a place where you can bask in the fresh air, enjoy chilled drinks, and soak up the warm breeze from the comfort of your home. Let us break down the top five outdoor living trends to enjoy in 2020.

1. Natural Materials

This year, the design shift to more natural materials for outdoor living, like Nuvella fabric, wood, and resin-wicker are all the rage. There is no better compliment to your organic veggie garden or stylish compost bin than furnishings with a durable and natural feel.

Outdoor fabrics such as Nuvella are 100% recyclable, made from eco-friendly solution-dyed synthetic fibres with minimal waste.

The dyeing process has a much smaller environmental impact because no wastewater is generated, as opposed to the large amount of water drainage that occurs during typical fabric dye and print processes. The reasons to love Nuvella fabric doesn't just stop there; its top-rated performance and durability is perfect for family homes with kids and pets.


2. Warm Colours

In addition to the trend of natural materials, warm and inviting colour tones are making a serious comeback this year. Popular colour palettes have switched from relatively cool-toned greys and blues to more earthy hues like brown, taupe, beige, and dusty red. If you're still a big fan of blues and greens, choose a few bold accent pillows, rugs or plants that pop. Let warm neutrals do the rest of the styling.


3. Inspired by Travel

For those dreaming of an island getaway, one of 2020's hottest outdoor trends is influenced by the exotic places we look forward to visiting once it is safe to do so. But for now, let your outdoor space transport you to a tropical paradise. Think Mediterranean flavour with elegant dining sets that embody sophistication and class, or the Coastal Cabana style that showcases luxurious seating around the pool. Let's face it; nothing satisfies quite like relaxing in the great outdoors, even if our world looks a little different this year.


4. Transitional Spaces

'Back to Nature' is a trend seen in our busy world, translating directly back to patio furniture. Today's outdoor spaces now extend indoor living, blurring the lines between inside and out. This seamless transition helps in our search for a closer connection with nature, creating transitional living spaces that are utilized all year-round. Outdoor dining sets that feature porcelain tops or seating & sectionals that showcase all-weather fabric make outdoor furniture beautiful for indoor spaces, as well as durable for the outdoors.


5. Modern Forms

It's time to say goodbye to the old-school wooden or outdoor metal furniture that took an array of shapes and sizes. Modern lines are a top interior design trend, and it continues to expand into outdoor living spaces, offering a seamless visual transition. To achieve a modern look, consider outdoor furniture with clean lines that appear similar to the pieces you have inside your home. Look for contemporary fire pit tables, end tables, coffee tables, or ottomans. It's all about creating a coordinating look that is both stylish and sleek!

Whether you've got a big backyard or a sliver of patio space, we've got you covered. Our range of outdoor furnishings brings style, comfort, and durability no matter what size you're working with. Get inspired and shop our entire Outdoor by Ashley!