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Design Trend of the Month – Modern Outdoor Furniture

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Over recent years we have seen a definite shift towards making our outdoor spaces an extension of our homes. So, it’s no surprise that modern outdoor furniture has evolved. There is now a multitude of options for every outdoor setting. From outdoor lounges that look like they are for indoors. To occasional chairs for creating a cosy nook. To luxurious dining tables for alfresco dining and so much more. Whichever design aesthetic you prefer, there is something for everyone. So, keep reading and discover some of our favourite outdoor furniture pieces.   

Modern Outdoor Furniture

 

Modern outdoor furniture should include a lounge  

Enjoying your outdoor space no longer needs to be an uncomfortable experience on a plastic chair. Instead, an outdoor lounge creates a sense of luxury and comfort. Plus, many options are available, whether you’re short on space or creating a complete outdoor room. We’ve found some fantastic outdoor lounges for you, from minimalist styles to coastal design inspired by Three Birds Renovations House 14

Asker Outdoor Sofa - Parterre
The Parterre Asker Sofa is pure luxury in outdoor lounges. This stunning sofa would be fantastic for relaxing with friends and family or sitting back to watch a movie in your outdoor cinema. 
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Asker Outdoor Sofa - Parterre
Modern Outdoor Furniture - Harbour Outdoor - Breeze Teak Sofa
However, suppose you’re after a sophisticated modern coastal design. In that case, the Breeze Teak sofa from Harbour Outdoor could be perfect. 
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Modern Outdoor Furniture - Harbour Outdoor - Breeze Teak Sofa
Bryon Bay Hanging Chairs - Preztel Lounger
Bryon Bay Hanging Chairs offer beautiful coastal style lounges that optimise the Australian lifestyle. 
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Bryon Bay Hanging Chairs - Preztel Lounger
Lavita Outdoor - Geo Sofa Suite
Alternatively, if you're after clean lines and a versatile style, the Lavita Furniture Geo Sofa suite with a coffee table is a great choice.
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Lavita Outdoor - Geo Sofa Suite
Harbour Outdoor - Laguna 3 Seat Sofa
Lastly, if you're after an outdoor lounge in a darker colour scheme, the Laguna 3 Seat sofa from Harbour Outdoor would make a stunning addition to any home.
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Harbour Outdoor - Laguna 3 Seat Sofa

 

Create a getaway outdoors with an occasional chair or bench   

As Three Birds Renovations House 13 beautifully showcases, it’s all about creating zones in your outdoor space. Even with limited space available, a comfortable chair tucked away in a quiet corner is all you need to escape the raucous inside. Alternatively, a few occasional chairs and a side table can add a touch of class poolside. Perfect for watching the kids in the pool or having a cocktail with a friend. A bench is also another great addition to your modern outdoor furniture. A bench can quickly provide extra seating when you have unexpected guests. Plus, a bench is portable and easy to put away when not needed. 

Bryon Bay Hanging Chairs - Island Bench
Byron Bay Hanging Chairs' Island Bench features in Three Birds Renovations House 14. The bench is perfect for having a quiet cuppa or when you need additional seating at the table.
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Bryon Bay Hanging Chairs - Island Bench
Parterre - Salto Outdoor Lounge Chair
The Salto Lounge Chair from Parterre makes a fantastic cosy chair no matter what the season.
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Parterre - Salto Outdoor Lounge Chair
Harbour Outdoor - MLB Easy Chair
The MLB Easy Chair from Harbour Outdoor is so versatile and stylish it will no doubt be a favourite in no time, whether it's by the pool or on the back deck.
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Harbour Outdoor - MLB Easy Chair
Bryon Bay Hanging Chairs - Palm Springs Chair
Another chair to feature in Three Birds Renovations House 14 -- the Bryon Bay Palm Springs Chair is absolutely stunning.
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Bryon Bay Hanging Chairs - Palm Springs Chair
Inizia Woven Rattan Sofa - Living By Design
A cosy bench for two or a great spot for a nap for one, the Inizia Woven Rattan Sofa will make any outdoor area inviting.
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Inizia Woven Rattan Sofa - Living By Design

  

Enjoy the outdoors morning, noon and night with alfresco dining   

Whether you need an intimate table for two or need to fit the whole family, including aunts and uncles, an outdoor dining table is a fantastic addition to any outdoor area. With curved lines playing a big role, especially in coastal design, have you considered a round table? Round tables are also great for smaller spaces.  

Just like lounges, dining tables have come a long way in the modern outdoor furniture stakes. Plastic wicker is no longer the only option, so make the most of the beautiful choices. Also, consider combining materials or contrasting materials like concrete or marble to create a focal point.   

  

Harbour Outdoor - Breeze Teak Dining Table
Coordinate your outdoor furniture with the Breeze Teak Dining Table and Chairs from Harbour Outdoor.
Image: Harbour 1976
Harbour Outdoor - Breeze Teak Dining Table
Lavita Furniture - Nautical Outdoor Ceramic Dining Table
Make a feature from your dining table with the Lavita Furniture Nautical Outdoor Ceramic Dining Table.
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Lavita Furniture - Nautical Outdoor Ceramic Dining Table
Modern Outdoor Furniture - Aria Concrete Granite Top Dining Table
This gorgeous round Aria Concrete Granite Top Dining Table will have you eating outside every chance possible.
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Modern Outdoor Furniture - Aria Concrete Granite Top Dining Table
Harbour Outdoor - Antigua Dining Chairs
For those that prefer darker hues, the Antigua Dining Chairs are a must-see.
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Harbour Outdoor - Antigua Dining Chairs
Parterre - Play Dining Table
If you're after an all-natural look, the Play Dining Table and chairs by Wildspirit from Parterre is a perfect choice.
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Parterre - Play Dining Table

  

Complete your modern outdoor furniture with coffee tables and side tables  

Equally important to your modern outdoor furniture are coffee tables and side tables. They are not only practical but complete your design and will complement your chosen aesthetic. Choose from metal, wood, stone or a combination of materials. The wonderful thing about coffee tables is that they come in all shapes, sizes, and aesthetics, so there really is something for everyone. Here are a few of our favourites.   

Modern Outdoor Furniture -Harbour Outdoor - Teak Root Coffee Table
This Teak Root Coffee Table will draw everyone around. It's perfect for all seasons.
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Modern Outdoor Furniture -Harbour Outdoor - Teak Root Coffee Table
Parterre - Conix Side Tables
The elegant Conix Side Tables will look fantastic anywhere.
Image: Parterre
Parterre - Conix Side Tables
Parterre - Zinc Cool Table by Domani
The Zinc Cool Table by Domani is a must-have for outdoor entertaining. Who wouldn't want a coffee table with a combined ice bucket?
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Parterre - Zinc Cool Table by Domani
Living By Design - Aria Concrete Granite Coffee Tables
The Aria Concrete Granite Coffee Table Bundle is the perfect addition to any modern outdoor furniture.
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Living By Design - Aria Concrete Granite Coffee Tables

 

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Lastly, to choose the perfect modern outdoor furniture, consider your interior design aesthetic and colour palette and extend this outdoors. Alternatively, look for pieces that are complementary and will tie the two areas together. The hardest part will be choosing which piece of outdoor furniture to buy first.

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