One of the biggest trends in interiors lately has been bringing the outdoors in and the indoors out. And why wouldn’t we all want the best of both worlds? Truthfully, outdoor furniture has come such a long way since I first began covering the home design market almost a decade ago. Back then, everything was fifty shades of brown, and furnishings made out of recycled bottles, well, looked and felt like they were made out of recycled water bottles.
But things have drastically improved since then. Colors are brighter, cushions are cushier, and the silhouettes of pieces are on trend enough to look like an extension of whatever your home décor style is indoors. Which got me to thinking—why aren’t we using more outdoor pieces inside? If they’re just as stylish and comfy as their indoor counterparts, couldn’t our homes benefit from the extra durability? With that in mind, I went searching for outdoor pieces that you could totally style indoors, and these were my nine favorites.
Who doesn’t want spot and stain resistant throw pillows? Seems to me like all-weather fabric would do well indoors, with all the eating and drinking that goes on in my living room, at least. Today’s options are so much softer and more vibrant than before, so you don’t have to compromise on pillow comfort or quality
Sturdy and Stylish
The smartest place to go with an outdoor furnishing is underfoot, because rugs and carpeting take a beating, day in and day out. We literally walk all over them! Outdoor styles are so easy to clean—they can be hosed down when they get dirty, and they are more shed resistant than a typical flatweave. And you can still find an option with cute tassel detailing.
IKEA’s new powder-coated steel and wood bench would be at home in an entryway with major modern farmhouse vibes. Add a few Magnolia Home pillows, and you’re good to go. This guy is pretty and practical as a place to put on your shoes in the morning or drop your bag off at night.
Bringing an outdoor sofa indoors may be a stretch. But if you have kids, it could be the smartest decision you’ve ever made. Yardbird is kind of killing it with this modern aluminum and Sunbrella sofa and chairs set up. I’d break up the set though, if I were styling it in a sunroom or living area. Matchy-matchy works outside, but it’s a different story indoors.
If you’re down with boho Jungalow vibes, then you could absolutely use this rattan outdoor lounger in a guest bedroom or office. Airy, backless pieces are particularly great for small spaces, since you can push them right up against a wall or into a tight corner without making a room feel cramped
Acapulco style chairs are fun accents in yards and on patios and decks. But I’d try one of these guys out in a bedroom or a playroom as well. The shape is great, and you know it’ll stand up to a pile of clothes or kids climbing all over it.