In­side Out


Top tips to cre­ate a mod­ern out­door liv­ing space that cel­e­brates the now and then.

Get real.

With less sep­a­ra­tion be­tween in­doors and out, there’s now an em­pha­sis on bona-fide fur­ni­ture—from sec­tion­als to re­clin­ers. That means “full-blown out­door liv­ing rooms, din­ing rooms and even kitchens, re­plete with drap­ery, area rugs and light­ing,” says Ju­lian Ri­ley of Maria Tomás in Cal­gary.

Be bold.

Ban­ish the bitsy bistro ta­ble for a more dar­ing state­ment piece and go for large-scale pat­terns and bold stripes. It’s all about “con­tem­po­rary over tra­di­tional styles, retro aside,” says Ri­ley, and “large-scale pieces, such as daybeds and dou­ble chaises and co­coons.”

Go high-tech.

To­day’s su­per-durable and in­no­va­tive ma­te­ri­als range from hot-dip gal­va­nized iron and vir­tu­ally bul­let­proof pow­der-coated alu­minum to fab­ric you can hose down yet looks like it be­longs in­side. “In­door tran­si­tion­ing to out­door through the tech­nol­ogy of fab­ric is huge this year,” says Mechelle Byrne of Van­cou­ver’s Liv­ingspace.

Colour your (out­door) world.

There’s a bit of a pop-art re­vival go­ing on, so em­brace it with a burst of colour. Think be­yond the usual white, wood and neu­tral metals and go for that bright yel­low, fuch­sia or pea­cock blue.

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