Outdoor Living

Outdoor Style Trend: Mixed Materials, Bold Accents

Teak & Metal Outdoor Furniture Set

Elevate Your Space with a Mix of Contrasting Materials

Long gone are the days of matched furniture sets for every room of your house. This holds true not only for the interior of your home, but for your outdoor spaces too. Today's trends are all about mixing materials and textures and adding bold pops of color. Here's some ideas for updating your patio and outdoor living areas.

Mixed materials

Make your style stand out with a mixture of materials. Choose from a variety of materials such as wood, metal, plastic, glass, and wicker and combine your favorites in pieces that are thoughtfully put together. You can mix materials in your outdoor furniture, lighting, and accessories and still achieve a cohesive look.

Contrasting Materials and Colors

Contrasting finishes

Even if you choose to go with one material, you can still create a mixed, modern look by incorporating contrasting finishes. Pick two complementary metal finishes on your lighting fixtures such as gold or aged brass and black. You can juxtapose colors in fabrics, outdoor rugs, or painted furniture finishes. For example, team a neutral such as Pantone's 2021 color of the year, Ultimate Gray, with a bright color such as yellow, turquoise, or red to bring together elements of positivity and energy.

Bold, colorful accents

Bright, bold, and vibrant hues can inspire you and uplift the look of your outdoor living space. Color is easy to add to your outdoor décor. Think rich fabrics in both solids and patterns on sofa and chair cushions, throw pillows, area rugs, and even curtains in covered spaces. Accent pieces such as table lamps, vases, planters, and wall décor and even colorful blooms can energize your space and truly make it uniquely yours.

Mix and match textures with rugs, pillows, and throws.

Add texture

A variety of textures makes your décor more interesting and adds dimension to any room. It appeals to our senses both visual and tactile. Add texture to the floor with a rug, on walls with artwork, on tables with decorative accent pieces, baskets, and on furniture with upholstery, pillows, and throw blankets. Rough textures will make your space feel cozy and intimate while smooth textures bring a sleeker, more sophisticated tone to your décor.

If you're looking to mix and match colors, textures, and styles, check out what Riverbend Home has to offer to help you create a unique look for your home.