Summer is all about enjoying time outdoors with friends and family. That means dinners on the porch or patio as often as possible! While there are a million different ways to style your outdoor dining area, we wanted to share some design trends we can’t get enough of. There’s an art to balancing timeless traditions with creative twists, and we are firm believers in freshening up the home’s exterior a little bit every season. Check out some of our favorite looks below!
Mix Teak and Wicker
If you like to switch things up, using teak and wicker together is a great way to mix textures! Many people prefer wicker dining chairs with their dining table as they’re typically a little lighter and easier to move around than wrought iron or teak. We love the “oyster” wicker by Kingsley Bate paired with a crisp white cushion.
Use Bistro Chairs
Bistro chairs are so much fun! If you like a European look, these seats are what you need. Reminiscent of a Parisian cafe, they add restaurant style to any exterior. Opt for a pop of color or keep it simple with black and white. We adore our Riviera stacking chairs because they’re stylish and so easy to stow away!
Try Lantern Lighting
When it comes to outdoor lighting, options abound, but one of our favorites is the lantern. Lanterns offer that Cape Cod beach house feel and provide soft romantic lighting for cozy summer dinners. Hang from a garden trellis or tree branch, or use alone as a rustic centerpiece. You can’t go wrong!
Add an Umbrella
Everyone loves the long days of summer, but dinners or cocktails on a sunny evening are far more enjoyable in the shade! That’s why we love outdoor umbrellas – super functional, and they instantly add style to your patio. Fairly inexpensive and easy to assemble, they’re are a no-brainer if you’re looking to add something new to your deck. Whether you like striped or scalloped, colorful or neutral, this chic accessory will seamlessly pull together your outdoor dining area.
Have a Picnic
Picnic tables are a great option for more casual backyard dining areas. The farmhouse bench style seating is perfect for larger families and make for easy seasonal transitions. Add a layer of sophistication and flair with a chic tablecloth, floral centerpiece, or oversized candle.