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Summer means plenty of time to spend outdoors!

And whether you’re BBQing, relaxing, entertaining or all of the above, setting up an enjoyable space outside is crucial to maximise those perfect summer days. Here are the five outdoor décor trends that are at the top of the list this year

1. Take it to the tropics

Think flamingos, large palm leafs, and anything that reminds you of a tropical vacation in the islands. It’s a little bit chic Las Vegas, and a little bit seaside in Florida, and it works! Bright colours are at the forefront, which means your outdoor space will be energising, engaging and simply delightful.

The great thing about this style outside is that it’s fun, and probably more ‘out-there’ than what you’d go for indoors. So enjoy it

2. Toasty by the fire

Fire pits are definitely where it’s at for outdoor trends this year. It is the perfect way to add some extra evening ambience, and also has the practical aspect of providing warmth on those sometimes temperate summer evenings. From outdoor fireplaces to gas fire tables, fire pits or chimineas, there are a variety of ways to heat up your outside entertaining space. And the great thing is, a lot of them are suitable to use under your Fresco Shade.

3. Stylish strip lighting

When the sun goes down, strip lights come into their own, providing an extremely stylish result outdoors. From under stairs, to seats and benchtops, they are a relatively cheap and easy way to add both a practical and sleek look. A lot of strip lighting options are battery powered, which means they are perfect for outside, especially in your Fresco Shade.

4. Timber is terrific

Timber is hardy, yet luxurious, relaxed, yet chic. Which is why more people are choosing to use a lot of wood in their outdoor spaces – and it doesn’t just have to be for the deck either. Think feature walls and furniture, where you can go minimalist (if that is the look you prefer) but still have texture.

Natural materials are definitely a popular choice for those looking to create a peaceful backyard and look great combined with plenty of green planting.

5. Mix ‘n’ match

A popular theme for the indoors is outdoors too – eclectic mix ‘n’ match! Think chilled boho, where textures and patterns can be brought together without too much care of whether they actually ‘go together’. Don’t forget your hanging swing chair, or bean bag for the ultimate in unwinding – perfect for creating a cosy nook.

6. Lounging around

People are spending so much more time in their outdoor spaces now that a crucial addition to any backyard is a lounge set. This means you truly can sit back and relax and have varying seating options when entertaining (or when reading a book on a warm Sunday afternoon).  Make sure you accompany this with a low coffee table suitable for outside, because where else will you put your grazing platter?