9 Tips For Styling Outdoor Spaces

No matter the size of your outdoor space, you can turn it into an inviting area that you’ll enjoy year-round. In the lead-up to summer, we've put together our top tips to style your outdoor space, whether you have a small apartment balcony, sun-kissed patio or expansive garden. 

1. Invest In Versatile Pieces. 

Benches and sturdy side tables are two of our favorite outdoor furniture pieces for their versatility. They can be used for seating, accent tables or even ottomans. Plus, they are great to display planters and candles. 

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Palissade Stool
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Cutter Bench
Fritz Hansen

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Balcony Bench

2. Light It Up.

Extend the enjoyment of your outdoor space into the evening by incorporating ambient lighting. Hang string lights overhead, place lanterns on tables, or install outdoor wall sconces to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Portable lamps are our favourite accessory as they can be used both indoors and outdoors and really make a visual impact when styling outdoor tables for balmy alfresco dinners. 


VP9 Flowerpot Lamp

Setago Lamp

Pivot Lamp

Lucca Lamp

PC Portable Lamp
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Banksia Oil Burner
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Obello Lamp 

Mousequeton Lamp

3. Softening Layers.


Define and anchor your patio seating areas with outdoor rugs - they not only add a cosy and inviting feel but also help delineate different zones within your outdoor space. Choose rugs made from durable and weather-resistant materials that can withstand outdoor conditions and are easy to clean.


Tres Outdoor Rug

Shade Outdoor Rug

Tres Outdoor Stripes Rug

Tiles Outdoor Rug

4. Incorporate Different Seating Areas.

Mix and match seating options such as lounge chairs, benches and outdoor sofas to accommodate different activities and create a layered and visually interesting seating arrangement. If you have the space, creating zones for lounging and dining with furniture at different heights can really help landscape your outdoor area visually and increase the amount you use it. 


Outdoor inspiration via GUBI featuring the Pacha Sofa, Carmel Table, MR01 Chair, Tropique Chair, Atmosfera Dining Table and Satellite Pendant. 
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Outdoor inspiration via HAY featuring the Palissade range. 

5. Embrace Natural Materials.

Blend your patio seamlessly with nature by incorporating natural elements. Use natural materials like wood, rattan, or wicker for furniture and accessories. Integrate potted plants, hanging baskets, and vertical gardens to bring in a refreshing touch of greenery. These natural elements will add texture, visual interest, and a serene ambience to your outdoor space.

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MR01 Chair
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C-Chair Outdoor
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Bohemia 72 Chair

6. Incorporate Shade.

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Shielding yourself from the sun's rays is crucial for enjoying your outdoor space during hot summer days - especially in Australia. Install a retractable awning, patio umbrella, or pergola to provide shade and create a comfortable outdoor retreat. Additionally, consider incorporating natural shade elements like trees or tall plants for a touch of greenery and added privacy.

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Messina Umbrella
Fritz Hansen
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Messina Umbrella
Fritz Hansen
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Messina Umbrella
Fritz Hansen

7. Durability Is Key - Invest Wisely. 

The most durable type of outdoor furniture tends to be either aluminium or hardwoods, particularly teak. In Australia, especially if you live near the ocean, durability is especially important because of the harsh elements. 

Palissade Collection

Between Lines Deck Chair (Teak) 
Fritz Hansen

Ocean Collection

BK Collection (Teak)
Carl Hansen & Son
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Palissade Collection

8. Personalise With Accessories, Adding Colour & Texture. 

Add the finishing touches to your patio design by incorporating personal touches and accessories. Hang wall art, display decorative pillows, and place outdoor candles or lanterns to infuse your unique style and personality into the space. Accessories not only enhance the visual appeal but also add character and showcase your individual taste.

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Shade Pouf 
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VP9 Flowerpot Lamp
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Skagerak Cushions
Fritz Hansen
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9. Comfort Is King.

Last but not least, comfortable seating is essential for a welcoming patio! Try pieces in person to ensure the comfort level works for the and invest in quality outdoor furniture that is weather-resistant and durable.


Pacha Outdoor Collection

Cult offers a wide range of durable and stylish outdoor furniture and lighting from authentic designer brands such as HAY, Gubi, Nanimarquina, &Tradition and more. Browse our full outdoor collection to find the outdoor pieces that will help you curate your perfect, forever home.

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