With summer in full swing, why not up your outdoor décor game with these sun-sational trends courtesy of Vancouver’s own Livingspace Interiors? From colour to organization to lighting, we unearthed founder and furnishings pro Ross Bonetti top tips to maximize your patio prowess this season. —Noa Nichol
blur the line. The easiest way to expand your living space so is to extend to the outdoors. Outdoor furniture such as that made by Roda provides the comfort and style of indoor living-room pieces while remaining weather resistant. Customizable sectionals found in Roda’s Eden collection allow for stylish seating incorporating technology that doesn’t let rain (because, Vancouver) harm the fabric.
use colour. By introducing a pop of colour, you can instantly brighten and energize your outdoor space. Paola Lenti, found in the Livingspace showroom, is an expert at this with its vast range of bold fabrics and finishes. The brand also utilizes interesting fabric, including its signature Rope T fabric, made from climbing rope (and available in a variety of colours).
organization is key. When it comes to serving your guests, make sure to have the proper equipment. Bar carts or outdoor drink stations can help remove the process of running to the kitchen and back. The 1966 Serving Cart designed by Richard Shulz for Knoll is the perfect solution. Another great piece to keep in mind are stackable chairs—Plana by Kristalia are stylish chairs that are easy to store.
light it up. An essential thing people tend to skip over when finishing their outdoor space is lighting. With the warmth of the right light, patio hours can be easily extended. Many of Livingspace’s favourite suppliers who carry indoor lighting are now updating their offerings to make them accessible for outdoor use. The Captain Flint by Flos is a great example of a floor lamp that can now be used outdoors.
accessorize right. Finding the right accessories will create an inviting atmosphere. Having the right throw pillows, outdoor rugs and blankets or bringing in pops of colour can complement a space. Also, consider having something of interest such as the Spun by Magis—it will leave your guests wanting to come back.
buy a bistro set. Equipping your small patio or balcony with a bistro set is a great way to update and provide some life to your outdoor space. Belgium-based Extremis offers durable outdoor patio furniture such as their Bistroo set and Picnik.