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Unique Outdoor Furniture Ideas For Summer

Are summers pleasant where you live? Perhaps it’s still a bit chilly now but you’re looking forward to warmer weather once June arrives. If you live in a part of the world where summers are unbelievably hot, now may be your peak outdoor time, with daytime lounging quickly replaced by early morning and late night patio sessions once summer appears. Either way, chances are you’re starting to spend more time outdoors! Today we round up a collection of unique outdoor furniture ideas to make your time outside creative, pleasant and stylish. Enjoy browsing our featured selections–may they inspire some daydreaming that quickly becomes your summer reality!

Outdoor Seating

We begin with outdoor seating that makes a statement. Below we see the Ixtapa Tonal Green Lounge Chair and Acapulco Multi Lounge Chair, both from CB2. Retro forms are enhanced by modern beams of radiant color, thanks to handwoven PVC cord. Unexpected and fabulous!

Colorful PVC cord chairs

Whether you have a pool or you simply enjoy putting your feet up, an outdoor lounger is a must. Make it colorful with the Idle Aqua Sun Lounger from CB2. You’ll love the summery shade, as well as the affordable price! And yes, it’s adjustable, so you can lay flat for a snooze or sit upright to read your favorite book.

Aqua sun lounger

Sometimes a unique statement comes from classic lines and tone-on-tone style. The Dune Sofa with Sunbrella Taupe Cushion from Crate & Barrel is crafted of outdoor-grade stainless steel and synthetic mesh upholstery that will resist fading, molding, tearing, staining and UV rays. Taupe weather-resistant Sunbrella® acrylic-covered cushions are the icing on this sleek cake.

Modern outdoor sofa

Don’t hesitate to bring in color with bold cushions and fun patterns. Tropical style is hot this summer, and it’s hard to beat the festive form of a pineapple. Which is why we love this pineapple-motif Patterned Seat Cushion from H&M Home, featuring a fruity print on a background of mint green woven cotton fabric. Add it to your favorite chair, or stack with other cushions for instant beachside seating:

Pineapple seat cushion

Outdoor Dining

Dining al fresco? Make it count. If you like modern design, you’ll love the Quarry Square Dining Collection from West Elm. It’s modern. It’s minimal. It looks like concrete, but it’s actually made from durable fiberstone. The clean lines and right angles are unforgettable. A substantial silhouette and neutral tone make the perfect backdrop for other colorful accents, such as summer produce.

Modern minimal dining set

Kelly green is vivid yet classic, and two-seater dining tables don’t get any more colorful and affordable than ROXÖ from IKEA, crafted of polyester powder-coated steel. Below we see ROXÖ tables and chairs, which are sold separately:

Roxo dining table and chairs from IKEA

Get a unique look by mixing different chairs with your outdoor dining table! A great combo: metallic grey and radiant yellow. Get the job done with the Lyle Side Chair and Kruger Sulfur Dining Chair from Crate & Barrel.

Mixing chairs for outdoor dining

Outdoor Tables

We end with a trio of outdoor tables that are sure to get noticed. The Wire Side Table from CB2 boasts a retro-meets-modern design by Berlin-based studio Hettler.Tüllmann. Inspired by Mid-century wire rod furniture, this piece is very on trend in today’s design climate. A high-gloss yellow finish is the defining standout feature. 

Yellow wire side table

Ceramic tiles create a modern look on the surface of the Mosaic Tiled Coffee Table from West Elm, featuring a Bronze Hex pattern and an FSC®-certified driftwood base. It’s a work of art that will quickly become the focal point of your patio, deck or porch!

Mosaic coffee table

See the Stone Stools from Crate & Barrel below? They actually make the perfect side tables for your outdoor space! Organic boulder-inspired shapes are crafted from mineral compounds, salt, sand and fiber. Yes, these tables are as eco-friendly as they are durable. And of course, they double as extra seating.

Stone stools double as tables

Did you find an outdoor furnishing that you just can’t live without? I certainly have my eye on a few of today’s featured finds. But the shopping will just have to wait–I’m off to enjoy a cocktail on the patio before sunset…

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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