Shopping for outdoor furniture hasn’t always been the most glamorous of decorating pursuits. Design often gets trumped by more functional needs, like weather-resistant materials and durability. With so many practicalities to consider, it’s hard to find what we like to call the “perfect pair”: an outdoor furniture combo that is easily coordinated and suited to your style.
Now that summer is upon us, it’s time to perfect your outdoor setup. We’ve paired our favorite pieces based on style to help you get the backyard of your dreams. Your summer oasis awaits.
A Traditional Take
Sometimes, a twist on the traditional is all you need for a chic setup. A rectangular shape is a tried-and-true favorite for outdoor dining, and adding a curved base to that classically tailored silhouette is just the fresh take you need. Pair it with Serena and Lily’s take on the classic 20’s era Breuer design to get the vintage look with a contemporary (and weather-resistant!) finish. An added bonus: you only have to wash them twice a year.
The Backyard Bistro
For most of us, a Parisian summer isn’t on the itinerary this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get as close as possible to our croissant-filled fantasy. Our take on a classic backyard bistro setup begins with Anthropologie’s rattan chairs in candy-colored stripes that will transport you to a busy sidewalk cafe in Paris’ 7th arrondissement combined with a foldable bistro table available in over 20 hues.
If you consider yourself a millennial (in age or just spirit), this is the pairing for you. Your favorite Instagram trends are all covered: Cassina’s tubular take on a classic design will provide comfort and eye-candy to any patio setup (as long as you don’t spill!) and Huguet Mallorca’s himalyan-sea-salt-pink terrazzo table brings a Spanish-made feminine vibe that will steal hearts (and likes) as it makes its way onto your feed.
For the Monochrome-Minded
We’re noticing a trend in black and white outdoor furniture, and it might just be because crush-worthy pieces like these are irresistible. CB2’s handwoven chair is graphic enough to add dimension but clean-cut enough to support a neutral palette, while its hairpin-legged partner-in-crime is a “staple of well-mannered gardens” and will last you a lifetime on a balcony, patio, or corner of your sprawling yard.
Powder-coated is the best way to achieve that super saturated summer look you’re craving. Not only is it a dynamic way to play with color, but also the pieces are easy to clean, making them the perfect outdoor companions. You won’t find a better bargain than Target’s baby blue armchair coupled with a sunny yellow side table that will instantly turn your space into a technicolor retreat.
A Rustic Revision
Your outdoor area should be a place to kick back, relax, and connect with nature, and rustic design will really enhance the vibe. Wicker chairs go perfectly with a spacious concrete dining table, blending natural, earthy materials with straight-lined simplicity.
For the Statement-Driven
If you’re looking for a show-stopping backyard moment, design darling India Mahdavi has you covered. Everyone at Domino is obsessed with her bold, inventive pieces, and right now, we’re focused on the black and pink stackable Afro chair that will bring an unexpected pop of color to your backyard. When you opt for this kind of statement piece, keep the rest simple. Think of a teak table as the classic white tee of outdoor furniture: dependable, sturdy, and willing to stand back and let your accent accessories shine.
A Scandi Vibe
Contrary to popular belief, hygge isn’t just an indoors concept. With the right furniture, you can achieve cozy Scandi vibes all year round. Danish design brand Hay’s wavy armchair has been a favorite of ours for a long time, and the mossy green hue will lend a secret-garden feel to your space. Pair it with a smooth, minimal wood-slated table, and you’ll be curled up with a good book, soaking up the sun all summer long.