On a perfect summer day, the last thing you want to do is stay indoors. However, an outdoor space — whether it’s a porch, patio, deck, balcony, or pristine stretch of lawn — can often be an afterthought in terms of décor. Outdoor furniture is generally chosen to quickly fit the physical dimensions of these spaces with an eye towards durability. In other words, style doesn’t always factor into the decision to buy, so there’s often a haphazard mix of chairs and tables.
Instead, think of these areas as extensions of your living space. Just as you wouldn’t fill a living room with any piece that caught your eye, choose outdoor furniture and accessories that complement each other to create an atmosphere that invites relaxation. Wondering where to start? Take a look at a few of our favorite outdoor furniture and accessories at Sotheby’s Home.
Ideal for: Creating a conversational grouping
A statement chair adds an unexpectedly stylish element to an outdoor space, especially if you’re looking for a piece to integrate with your current seating. The navy and white woven rope sides of the chair add a perpetually on-trend nautical touch that’ll take you through season after season.
Good to know: We also have a coordinating ottoman and chair set to complete the look.
Ideal for: Adding an entertaining area to tiny outdoor spaces
If you’re working with a deck or balcony with limited square footage, you can still entertain in style. Instead of a full bar setup, stick to a narrow bar-height counter that can be moved against a wall to create a drinks station. Pair it with tall backless stools (like the bold Vondom Brooklyn Counter Stools) that create seating for smaller gatherings or your morning cup of coffee; then fit them underneath the counter when not in use.
Ideal for: Maximizing an existing outdoor seating area
Casual outdoor spaces that are designed with lounging in mind often go heavy on the seating — leaving few surfaces to keep books and drinks within easy reach. Think of this slatted piece as the outdoor equivalent of a coffee table, providing plenty of room to place these items. It’s also roomy enough for centerpieces, like JANUS et Cie’s decorative and durable Sea Fan Bowls and Tombolo Platter.
Ideal for: Creating a gathering spot that can adapt to any scene
A white powder-coated metal frame and pearl white faux leather outdoor fabric upholstery beautifully hold up to the elements while also making a dramatic first impression in this sleek sectional. The three-seat left-arm section and armless seat can be used together to create one long seat that can accommodate multiple guests, or used separately for a conversational grouping.
Ideal for: Upgrading your lounge
If your favorite lounge chair has seen a few too many seasons, a replacement is in order. Choose an item such as this woven chaise with a cheery striped pattern. Supportive yet stylish, the sky blue and white color scheme stands out in any outdoor setting, from poolside to patio.
Ideal for: Anchoring an outdoor dining area
A sculptural base creates a dramatic silhouette for this pedestal dining table. The design also gives this table a little more versatility. Since you don’t have to worry about the legs getting in the way, the table can accommodate chairs that have a wider profile (like the Tidelli Boss Outdoor Dining Chairs).