We believe home design should be stylish and distinctive. From the leisurely appeal of outdoor lounge furniture to your seasonal patio decor, bringing a personalized style to your outdoor dining and lounge areas can transform unused spaces into a feature piece for your home. At Lulu and Georgia, our thoughtfully-curated collection has everything you need for home designs that embrace indoor-outdoor living.
Whether you're an all-year patio lounger or like to migrate to outdoor entertaining with the seasons, creating fresh-air spaces that extend on and reflect your interior design is a must. If it's a poolside oasis or simply a small touch of green space, how you utilize and style the areas outside your home is about so much more than adding curb appeal. It's about creating a beautiful and cohesive design story that seamlessly transitions between the outdoor world and your interior environments.
Not sure what style or design best fits your space when shopping for patio furniture, al fresco dining sets, and other outdoor decor? Don't worry; we have got you covered. Check out the tips below for ideas and inspiration as you choose the best elements to buy for your outdoor space.
Embrace an Aesthetic When Styling Your Outdoor Decor
With our indoor living spaces, curating an individual aesthetic comes naturally. Whether it's the raw materiality and soft tones of a coastal cottage to the intricate patterns and brass accents of a vintage-inspired loft, our taste dictates our unique palette for design. But when it comes to terrace or patio decor, many designs can feel sameish or uninspired.
The best way to avoid this is to begin with a core concept when styling the space. That doesn't mean you have to adhere strictly to one aesthetic—the best designs blend notes in a unique look all their own—but having a purpose and a feel in mind is helpful. Is this a grounded garden oasis or a European-inspired al fresco escape? By starting with a concept, everything from your patio furniture to the smallest outdoor accent can reflect a unique and unified aesthetic.
Fashion Follows Function With Outdoor Furniture
Whether creating a backyard escape from scratch or updating your outdoor lounge furniture, you want to ensure you're making a space that looks good and invites use. One of the biggest reasons outdoor spaces sit vacant is because the lounge furniture is simply not comfortable or practical. To make this area a regular hangout rather than a design afterthought, try to select styles tailored to the space in form and function.
Always mind your materials. Teak is an excellent organic material for outdoor furniture because the natural oils in the wood make it incredibly resilient to the elements. Concrete and metal coffee tables are great for outdoor use and can bring an industrial contrast that plays against the natural environment. Water-repellant synthetic fibers can offer added comfort with a practical touch next to hot tubs, saunas, or pools.
When you shop outdoor styles, you'll notice most items are listed as indoor/outdoor furniture. These pieces are made for durability and convenience outdoors but can effortlessly fold into a casual sunroom or detached living space like a studio or pool house. It's also a good idea to always note care instructions. Weather is less of a concern if you live in a temperate climate, but most indoor/outdoor furniture should be covered or stored inside in inclement conditions. You might consider lightweight frames or removable cushions if your outdoor space is a seasonal hang.
Add Al Fresco Appeal With an Outdoor Dining Set
Creating an inviting place to gather for everyday meals and shared occasions is essential to your home design. Bringing this same design sense to a terrace, transitional area, or balcony can transform how you use the space. Our collection of outdoor dining furniture will help you find the elements you need to create everything from a sunroom breakfast nook to an al fresco dining area. Finding the perfect outdoor dining table and chairs to buy can revitalize your outdoor entertaining. Check out this
Maela Indoor / Outdoor Bistro Table for a stylish statement with small-space appeal—perfect for intimate weekend brunches.
Illuminate Your Look With Flawless Outdoor Lighting
Your outdoor lighting doesn't need to be a statement feature—although it can—but it should provide plenty of functional light with a profile that fits the space. We love the warmth of hanging lantern lights under a covered porch—or something like this Alya Indoor / Outdoor Ceiling Fan + Light for ample overhead light with an added functional twist. Pendants and sconces can be used outdoors for added ambiance as the night carries on or as an accent light to augment an architectural feature.
Master the Mix From Anchor Pieces to Accents
For every quiet Saturday and evening soiree, the best outdoor spaces are specific to you. From setting a soft foundation with an outdoor rug to styling the perfect outdoor accents, defining a look is all about how you blend elements and master the small touches. Perhaps you’re looking to extend your fresh-air season with an inviting centerpiece? Try anchoring your outdoor lounge with a fire pit. Our extensive outdoor line has everything from garden accessories to summer essentials like this Market Umbrella by Business & Pleasure Co., so you can get the mix just right.
However you style it, your outdoor furniture and decor allow you the flexibility to bring the nuances of your design aesthetic out into the natural world. With comfortable designs and stylish decor made for the elements, you can add a personal touch to indoor-outdoor living. Loved ones and visitors can immediately get a sense of who you are by seeing how you have created transitional living spaces that fold into their surroundings.
When you shop outdoor styles online at Lulu and Georgia, you'll find pieces that complement the style of your home but also make it feel more elevated. You can choose from our wide selection to find the perfect purchase, no matter what you're looking for. Check our outdoor inspiration page for more ideas on creating stylish everyday living spaces.Show Less