As the weather turns colder, I can not help but be moved by the harvest season. Just as summer pushes me to be eternally nestled in an ocean-side château, autumn always seems to sweep my mind to the farmlands of the Appalachian Mountains. A basket full of sweet corn would catch my senses as I pull a sweater over my shoulders and head to the kitchen.
In both interior and outdoor design, materials and colors can tell stories. Even if you can’t have your dream cabin or beach resort, well chosen furniture and colors can transport your mind there anyway. This week, I’m aching to hear tales from wicker furniture and wrought iron patio furniture.
When paired together, the hard and soft of these two materials interact to create a shabby-chic ideal that is neither too bold nor too bland. They work for both indoors and out, but I can’t help but lazily envision a sunroom or other enclosed outdoor living area set for casual gatherings and quiet moments.
Wicker patio furniture does fabulously with colorful outdoor furniture cushions, throw pillows, and blankets. Warm up the space with oranges, burgundies, and reds. Pull the pieces closer together than you might normally do in a living room or conversation area. Because wicker is a softer material, it has fewer tendencies to weigh down a room. Plus, pulled closer together, the whole area will feel a bit more “snuggly.”
I find wrought iron and aluminum is best for patio bistro sets. Even though it’s used in an enclosed outdoor living area, outdoor furniture and patio furniture are still well suited. While an outdoor furniture cushion will make the seats more comfortable, try not to go overboard with textile layering. The exposed iron is industrial and appealingly so. Set next to your wicker conversation collection, it will keep the room well balanced.
Rustic outdoor furniture does not need to look tired. You can create spaces that are simple, yet still luxurious by coordinating materials and colors. As harvest season seeps into our souls, warm up enclosed outdoor living spaces with wicker and wrought iron.