2016 Outdoor Design Trends

Outdoor design trends for 2016

Metroland Media

As outdoor trends for 2016 emerge, homeowners are encouraged to make their outdoor living areas look and feel great so that they can take full advantage of the summer season, relaxing, playing and socializing.

Debbie Travis, Canada’s lifestyle expert, who recently launched an exclusive partnership with Sears Canada, shares her favourite new outdoor trends.

• Space-saving patios

Multi-functional patio sets that save space are a go-to item this year, Travis says.

“No matter how much space we have, it seems there's never enough. That's why it's important to select versatile, space-saving patio sets,” she advises. “When it comes time to put away the patio set for winter, we want to be able to stow it away easily and use minimal space. Sofas that have all the chairs slotted underneath or coffee tables that sit right on top of the sofa make it easy to cover and pack up.”

Travis suggests her Chelsea Conversation set, designed specifically for Canadian weather, available at Sears Canada.

• European inspired pieces

Homeowners can rejuvenate their outdoor living spaces by pulling inspiration from Europe. Right now, it's all about sleek, modern pieces combined with rustic accents.

“Canadian barnwood is very cool at the moment and quite popular in Europe,” says Travis. “Consider using it to build an outdoor countertop or as flooring on the deck.”

• Mix and match

Mismatched is trendy, so mix-up accessories like throw pillows or tableware, the expert advises.

“Combine colourful, vintage-looking pieces with simple, modern whites or greys,” says Travis. “It's not only about mixing colour and pattern, but also old with new."

“Tableware has also come a long way, and now it's easy to achieve a fun yet sophisticated look with pieces that appear to be ceramic but are shatter resistant,” she adds.

Travis recommends being adventurous with colour, fabrics and materials. Outdoor furniture made from multiple materials promotes a dynamic fusion between the indoor and outdoor entertaining space. Popular combinations for 2016 are wood and iron, stainless steel and teak or aluminum and wicker.

More information and tips are available at www.sears.ca.

—News Canada, www.newscanada.com

Sandi Lee

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