With international trends moving towards healing their economies, people are growing more confident about spending on bigger purchases. There’s also a focus on outdoor furniture design while holidaying at home becomes more popular.

Your patio most likely becomes a second living room once summer is in full swing. While classic black and brown based patio furniture will always be a favourite – it pairs fabulously with everything – we’re going to see many exciting things in 2018. Here are some top trends that you can incorporate into your personal style, perfect for our beautiful climate.

1. Retro, mix-n-match

Classic slat and woven designs in wicker style furniture hark back to country living with a barefoot, carefree appeal. Farmhouse style lends itself to mix and match sets. Pair decorative cushions and pillows with contrasting furniture items, floral fabrics and cosy throws or wraps for chilly evenings. It’s not quite shabby chic, but more a sophisticated mix of tasteful prints combined with beautifully styled seating. Detailed wrought iron painted in solid brights falls into this same category.

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2. Textile time

Global inspiration comes from culturally influenced textile design with artisanal fabric in eclectic prints. Think like a fashionista and update your outdoor scene as you would your wardrobe. Natural and organic fibres, jacquards and embroidery are in, as are diverse prints, patterns, and colours. Ombre and shibori patterns are strong, and texture will be a mainstay for many years to come.

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3. Ocean themes

Think cool, calm and reflective with a move towards beach tones. Ocean blues are soft, subtle and introspective. Sophisticated, fun water colours and prints of ships, fish in fresh white and cornflower blue are trending. Corals and greens are more subdued. Taupe, warm sand, white and weathered driftwood are great background colours.

Outdoor-Living4. Fire pits and tables

How will the fire pit contend against the braai? International trends put fire pits and tables high on the list for 2018. They’re an effortless and beautiful addition to an outdoor area and help make guests feel comfortable. They’re also perfect conversation pieces!

5. Accessories

Complete your outdoor look with accessories. You’ll be spoilt for choice because they’re 2018s big thing. Items like decorative pot plant holders, movable screens, outdoor lanterns and other innovative lighting, drinks trays… you get the picture.