Designing Outdoor Spaces: How to Seamlessly Mix Materials

As we roll into warmer weather, many of you (and us!) are looking to refresh your outdoor space. American Home Furnishings Alliance and the ICFA surveyed 1,000 adults with an outdoor living space and an overwhelming 70% stated they enjoyed spending more time in their outdoor living space than their indoor space. With this many Americans migrating to the outdoors to spend their time, the demand for better design that complements their indoor style, and easily transitions outside, is here to stay.

One of the latent trends for outdoor furniture, everything pre-packaged and matching, is quickly fading as homeowners are looking to curate different materials to mirror the comfort and style of their indoor space.

Doing this well can be tricky, though it can be accomplished if you ensure your space is unified through coordinating colors, style and layout.

Coronado Club Chairs - Sunset West Outdoor Fine Furnishings

Take a cue from inside your home.

First, consider furniture that is a natural extension of the style inside your home. As the Toll Brothers demonstrate here in one of their model homes, the furniture in the breezeway is in the same vein as the inside of the home, the same color palette, style and mix of wood and metal with wicker. Coronado Club Chairs shown.

La Jolla Dining Chairs - Driftwood Teak Dining Table - Sunset West Furniture

Keep it neutral.

The number of different materials you can use in a given space is limitless. As we see in this beautiful example of mixing different materials and silhouettes, this space is perfectly unified with matching upholstery on the grand dining chairs as the seat cushions on the metal frame chairs. Accents such as candles and pottery thread the theme throughout the space resulting in a cohesive, inviting setting. La Jolla Dining Chairs and Driftwood Teak Dining Table shown.

Montecito Club Chairs - Sunset West Outdoor Furniture

Use an accent color.

DMI (Denise Morrison Interiors) does an excellent job of mixing, wood, metal and wicker with different tones by following the ‘rule of 3’. We see the presentation of 3 concrete tables with 3 wicker pieces (two club chairs and an accent tray). The finish of the wooden swing is married with the undertone in the wicker and the stone colored cushion ties the piece to the concrete tables. The continuity of blue as an accent color creates a flow that allows each piece to complement each other. Montecito Club Chairs shown.

Laguna Dining Table & Coronado Dining Chairs - Sunset West

Choose similar colors and tones.

This sophisticated dining space perfectly balances contrasting textures by mixing a teak-inspired aluminum with woven dining chairs. The similar wood tones and neutral shades give the space an inviting, on-trend rustic farmhouse style and look. The complimentary tones also set the stage for introducing and experimenting with different pops of color to add even more dimension and interest. Laguna Dining Table and Coronado Dining Chairs shown.

Luxury Patio Furniture Collections

Styles are constantly changing and transforming.  With new trends emerging, having high quality, luxury patio furniture can make all of the difference in your outdoor living space.  Where plastic fold up chairs were once the norm, technology has advanced enough to allow for fully upholstered furniture to be the center of attention. Comfort is now an acceptable adjective to describe your outdoor space.  Browse through these luxury furniture collections from Sunset West to find the perfect fit for your style.

Coronado

The Coronado is wrapped with a driftwood resin wicker.  It’s sophisticated aesthetics make outdoor luxury seating a thing of the present.  The Coronado has beautiful proportions that allow you to enjoy the great outdoors in comfort and style. Learn more about the Coronado here.

Manhattan

The Manhattan takes your outdoor space to the beach.  With carefully scaled design elements, this collection is relaxing and stylish.  With thick cushions and generous seating, comfort has never looked so luxurious.  Spend time in the outdoors and you host dinner parties, make memories with the kids, or enjoy a romantic dinner for two. Learn more about the Manhattan here.

South Cove, Dana Point, Built by Zephyr

Leucadia

When you want a fresh design in your outdoor living space, the Leucadia is the perfect option.  The transitional design of this bold collection instantly transports you to an oasis filled with tranquility.  Designed with a straw-colored weave, the is a light feel of this thick cushioned collection.  A perfect balance between comfort and class makes this collection a must have. Learn more about the Leucadia here.

Provence

Sunset West’s Provence collection is timeless, both in quality and design. Sophisticated European undertones and elegant, clean lines are complemented by a graceful woven back. Fully-welded, powder coated wrought iron frames in a subtly distressed Century Pewter are finished with an exclusive 5-step process to ensure color fastness and durability. This collection offers a generous range of deep-seating and dining pieces with fast-drying cushions. Learn more about the Provence here.

Laguna

For a more modern design, the Laguna collection has a driftwood finish accented with indoor-quality cushions.  The sleek design of the legs perfect for a contemporary beach home or at a weekend retreat alike.  The Laguna collection is versatile with transitional lines to create symmetry and class in any outdoor space. Learn more about the Laguna here.

Outdoor Living Trends for 2018

With the start of 2018, we’ve seen a lot of exciting new trends for the year.  Gone are the days of patio chairs scattered across a brick foundation.  The trends for 2018 project more upscale, modern luxury in the outdoor scene.

People want their outdoor space to be an extension of their home.  Establishing an outdoor room they can go to at the end of the day for some relaxation is the key concept when designing an outdoor space this season.  Homeowners are looking for a place of comfort and convenience without the costs associated with extending the square footage of their home.  Plus, who doesn’t love the great outdoors?  Whether you live in the mountains or on the plains, there is something peaceful about getting outside and soaking up the sun.

Check out these design ideas that are trending this year.

Coronado Dining Collection

Luxury furniture that’s fit for any indoor space. 

When you want to relax, there’s nothing more important the relaxing furniture.  The last thing you want to sit on at the end of a day is an uncomfortable fold up chair.  That’s why luxury furniture is the focal point this season.  With aesthetics and comfort in mind, the advances in technology allow for fully upholstered outdoor furniture.

The Provence is the perfect combination of indoor comfort with outdoor aesthetics.  With wrought iron in a century pewter finish and lush cushions you can spend hours in, this timeless outdoor collection offers poise and luxury for any outdoor living space.

Provence Seating Collection
Provence Seating Collection

Smooth and Fashionable Flooring

There’s nothing worse than stepping into your outdoor oasis and hurting your feet on uneven flooring.  Everything is changing this year.  Smooth flooring makes outdoor living desirable.  Whether you opt for tile, sealed concrete, or good old-fashioned wood, make sure it’s been treated to create a smooth texture and finished to handle Mother Nature.

When designing an outdoor space, you want your floors create cohesion with your space.  Painting the flooring can give your outdoor space a polished look.  If you’re creating the illusion of a bigger space, you can paint stripes or a checkerboard pattern.  Add an outdoor rug to finish off the look.

Solana Seating Collection
Solana Seating Collection

Modern Hardware

Creating cohesion with your indoor space is important when extending your living space into the outdoors.  Match your hardware for an intentional aesthetic.  If you have a wrought iron light piece, consider wrought iron furniture.  If you have stainless steel accessories, consider a stainless steel ceiling fan.  These small details can drastically transform the look of your space.

 

Learn more about the following Sunset West Collections:

Wes Stewart Chats with Casual Living’s Waynette Goodson

At Las Vegas Market Casual Living Editor Waynette Goodson chats with Wes Stewart about the company’s growth in 2017, new collections in 2018, and industry trends.

Las Vegas Winter Market Wrap-up

The Las Vegas Winter Market 2018 was an incredible success! We were able to introduce new designs, second generation pieces, and so much more. If you weren’t able to attend market, we’ve got some new and exciting collections that you’ll love. The showstopper was our new collection, “The Milano.” This collection features acrylic rope deep seating and dining pieces that make the outdoors flow seamlessly with the beauty and class of interior design.

We went into market having a substantial 29 percent growth for 2017! And we have high expectations for what 2018 will bring with pieces and collections that allow homeowners to transition the indoor and outdoor entertaining space. From outdoor kitchens to indoor breezeways, creating cohesion between your indoor and outdoor living space is seamless. The style of these collections features beautiful neutrals that allow for curation of mixed finishes, media, and silhouettes throughout the entire line—wicker with metal and teak with wicker.

At the show, Sunset West introduced new designs for the casual market for Spring 2018. From multi-finish teak to seamless bench cushions for sofas in deep-seating collections, metal stone mix occasional tables to second generation fire tables as well as a new take on the traditional resin wicker flat weave in a textured tone that complements any color palette, each of these new designed received glowing reviews for innovation and design by designers and retailers alike.

Customers at the show were impressed with the large, comfortable, spacious seating you typically find in indoor design. Our mission is to create pieces with an indoor look, but the stamina necessary to thrive outdoors. Our furniture is never without the highest quality standards, our entire line—wicker, metal, teak, and fire tables—are built to last and age gracefully.

Whether you love our new product offering or our current designs, Sunset West looks to be your resource for great looks, design, comfort and value.

Below are some photos from our showroom at Las Vegas Winter Market 2018!

The Majorca Collection
The Majorca Collection
The Redondo Collection
The Redondo Collection
Provence Club Sofa and Club and Coffee Table
Provence Club Sofa and Club and Coffee Table
Milano Sofa + Milano Bazaar Club Chair
Milano Sofa + Milano Bazaar Club Chair
Coronado Dining Chair and Bench + Driftwood Teak Dining Table
Coronado Dining Chair and Bench + Driftwood Teak Dining Table
Havana Sofa and Club Chair + Driftwood Teak Coffee Table
Havana Sofa and Club Chair + Driftwood Teak Coffee Table
Laguna + Driftwood Teak Large Console + Rectangle Fire Table
Laguna + Driftwood Teak Large Console + Rectangle Fire Table
Laguna + Driftwood Teak Large Console + Rectangle Fire Table
Laguna + Driftwood Teak Large Console + Rectangle Fire Table
Manahattan Dining Chair + Teak Dining Table + Driftwood Teak Rack
Manahattan Dining Chair + Teak Dining Table + Driftwood Teak Rack
Rustic Natural Teak - Small Console and Rack
Rustic Natural Teak – Small Console and Rack

Creating Paradise in a Small Outdoor Space

Provence Deep Seating Collection
Provence Deep Seating Collection

When your outdoor space is limited, it can be difficult to find the motivation to create a luxurious outdoor living space.  Often times, homeowners will draw the blinds and pretend the backyard doesn’t exist.  This can be true for condo and apartment living too.  Instead of shutting off your outdoor space, transform it.

Small outdoor living can be your home’s greatest asset, if your design is right.  Here are some tips to help you take your outdoor space to a new level of luxury.

Landscaping

You can have the greatest furniture with the best view of the city skyline, but if you don’t bring in natural elements to your landscaping, your space will feel incomplete and unnatural.  Whether you’re working with a balcony or a small yard, you can create a beautiful oasis that easily becomes your favorite place to relax at the end of each day.

Landscaping makes a huge difference in the way you view your space.  You don’t have to add a full garden to make your space feel approachable.  Pressure wash your space, clean and repaint if necessary, and add some green (that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance).

Decorating

Once you’ve got a clean space to work with, it’s time to fill it.  When you have a small space, you want furniture that is sleek, not bulky.  Find pieces that fit your style and create cohesion with your indoor living space.

Here are some pieces that make a small outdoor space pop! From stools and pub tables to club chairs and occasional tables, there are so many options that will keep your outdoor space cozy and classy.

Cardiff Dining Collection
Cardiff Dining Collection

The Cardiff collection has a transitional frame and is designed with a thick walnut resin weave.  This collection shows that a thick weave can work in a small space.  With the tall pub table and stools, the eye is drawn up and it makes a small space seem bigger.

The Moorea club chair and end table are the perfect complement to a small outdoor space.  With an open design, this set doesn’t create a bulky look that creates a cluttered look in a small space.

Venice Bar Counter Stool
Venice Bar Counter Stool

Staging

Determine the focal point of your outdoor space.  Do you have a fire pit?  Do you have a great view? Do you have absolutely nothing to work it?  Whatever your situation, create a focal point.  Maybe you have the beach as your background.  Position your furniture to allow the setting to be the focal point.  If you don’t have a focal point, create your own.  Position your furniture around a fire table to create an intimate and relaxing setting.

Staging is a crucial part of designing any space.  You can have all of the right supplies, but without proper placement, your space looks cluttered and forgotten.  Transform your small outdoor space into a piece of paradise and enjoy the peace of outdoor living.

Manhattan Outdoor Furniture Collection
Manhattan Outdoor Furniture Collection

Modern Style Throughout Your Outdoor Space

Outdoor space is an extension of a homeowner’s living space.  And when the interior of a home is full of the latest technology and modern aesthetics, it’s important that outdoor space reflects that same style.  Read our top two tips to help you achieve a high quality, upscale, modern look in any outdoor space.

1) Clean and Simple Lines

Modern style doesn’t exist without clean, simple lines.  It flows throughout every feature in a modern home.  From the hardware to the furniture, from the flooring to the backsplash, every aspect of modern style is fused together with clean lines.  When creating an outdoor living and dining space, these same rules apply.  From the flooring to the furniture, clean and simple lines make a bold statement.

Featured in the photograph below is a modern furniture collection accenting a modern outdoor space.  Look at how every element in the space is symmetrical with sleek details.  The flooring is a crisp white, setting the tone for the contrasting black aluminum frames.

La Jolla Cllection from Sunset West
La Jolla Cllection from Sunset West

2) Coordinating Landscaping

It’s easy to purchase an outdoor furniture collection and place it in an outdoor space.  But if that outdoor space lacks the basic aesthetics, it loses its luster.  When designing an outdoor living space, you want to consider the function as well as aesthetics.  What will the space be used for?  Dining by the pool, relaxing in the hot tub, sitting by the fire table, romantic escapes from the kids?  There are so many different ways to transform your outdoors.

Knowing the primary function helps to determine how to landscape and create a backdrop.  When you design a modern outdoor space, you need to find not only furniture and flooring that matching the interior design, but also the outdoor elements, such as modern plants, ponds, water features, etc.

Take a look at how you can create a serene atmosphere with a modern flair.

La Jolla Round Dining Table from Sunset West
La Jolla Round Dining Table from Sunset West

Notice the landscaping with the cactus plants?   Or the stone contrasting against the pop of black on the handrail?  Or the glass that allows the eyes to enjoy the water beyond the patio?  These tiny details come together to create an unforgettable setting.

 

Curated Collections at Sunset West

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Outdoor Collections that Create an Elegant Design

We believe that outdoor furniture has the ability to transform any outdoor space.  When you’re looking to create an elegant design to your outdoor space, furniture should be the foundation of your design.  At Sunset West, we turn ordinary spaces into elegant additions to your residential or commercial space.  Don’t settle for the mundane.  Transform your outdoor space into the living space you’ve always wanted.

The outdoor furniture collection you choose sets the tone for your outdoor space.  Choose from teak, resin wicker, or metal furniture and update your outdoor living.

The Teak collection is made from 100 percent solid teak wood.  The beauty of this collection is in the natural grooves, knots, and splices found throughout.  With a rustic design, the unique quality of each piece creates a sense of purpose.

The Driftwood teak tables invite guests to dine outdoors.  The breathtaking length of the tables adds depth to your outdoor space.  Add elegant chairs for a complete look of luxury.  Other pieces in the teak collection include a sofa table, end table, and coffee table.

Finding the perfect collection to create an elegant design is simple with the incredible options from Sunset West.  Whether you’re looking for a more contemporary style, rustic look, or European design, finding a collection to fit your style has never been easier.

The La Jolla collection boasts a European design and aluminum structure.  Creating the perfect blend of aesthetics and comfort, this collection transforms your outdoor space into your own personal oasis.

Creating a sense of warmth, the earth tones used in this collection take outdoor living to the next level.  With choices of stools, sofas, club chairs, dining tables, dining chairs, and more, there’s nothing this collection doesn’t have to offer.

The most important element in designing an outdoor living space is creating cohesion between the living, dining, and entertaining spaces.  Whether you’re lounging by the pool, hosting a dinner party, or gathering around the fire pit, create a cohesive feel to your outdoor space with the La Jolla collection.

For a timeless outdoor living style, the Provence collection adds class and comfort.  The wrought iron outdoor furniture in Century Pewter finish transforms your outdoor living space into an extension of your indoors.  The timeless look of this classic collection transports you to your own personal resort.

Provence Collection

The wrought iron features on the Provence collection are breathtaking.  With clean lines and crisp fabric, there’s nothing this collection lacks.  Choose from the chaise, ottoman, coffee table, sofas, chairs, stools, and dining set.  The love seat and rocking club chair are perfect for creating an intimate setting for conversation around the fire pit.  Open your outdoors to entertain with the barstools and pub table.  With the Provence collection, the options are endless.

When you want create an elegant outdoor living space, start with your outdoor furniture.  Transform the way you live—live outdoors.  From entertaining to dining, when you have the right furniture in your outdoors, you’ll never want to go back inside.