Mix and Match Outdoor Furniture Styles

mixing concrete and other outdoor furniture styles

Ever wondered if it’s ok to mix and match outdoor furniture styles? If you think about it – having everything made of the same finish seems a bit dull. Fortunately, mixing up your outdoor furniture styles has not only become a popular choice, but it is also a way to add a personalized touch to your space.

While you don’t necessarily just want to throw anything and everything into the mix, you can create a unique and inviting outdoor patio with a wide range of colors, shapes, and materials. Whether you are just getting started or want to revamp a tired space, here are several tips and tricks for successfully mixing outdoor furniture styles.

Choose Your Colors

Choosing dominant colors is the best way to tie different pieces of furniture together. Even if you have furniture that is made of earth-like tones, you can brighten it up and tie into the rest of the space with your choice of one or two main colors.

Using the wonderful example from @eyeforpretty above, have a look at the use of the all weather wicker (Napa Dining chairs) paired with the concrete and hardwood of the 96″ Bordeaux table. Throughout the outdoor dining area, there is a consistency between the gray and off-white counter-tops and furniture, as well as similar-toned hardwood on the finishes.

The result is a clean and serene outdoor setting through the use of complimentary and consistent colors.

Mix the Materials

Mixing materials in outdoor furniture is all the rage. By this, we mean pieces that have elements of more than one material in their construction.

Examples of this are blending can be found in a number of Terra Outdoor collections:

The powder-coated aluminum of the Belvedere table blends seamlessly with the plush all-weather rope of the Palisades dining chair. Click here on the image above to view the full collection.
The premium hardwood legs and sturdy concrete top of the Bordeaux dining table pair nicely with the all weather wicker and premium teak of the Madera dining chairs. Click on the image to view the full collection.
The Diablo table has an extraordinary raw concrete look to its ceramic style glass top that mixes beautifully with the woven rope materials of the Diablo chairs. Click on the image above to view the full collection.

As with colors, the “Rule of Three” applies here as well. This means that you will want to use each material at least three times in the outdoor space. Whether it be teak, wicker, stainless steel, or something else, make sure that it is repeated in furniture pieces as well as lighting, accessories, and even umbrellas.

Tricks for Design Styles

There is no rule that says you have to choose just one design style – traditional or contemporary – but you should try to pair like pieces if you have several different styles in your outdoor space.

What does this mean? Part of employing different design styles is the art of knowing what materials can be grouped together. Many can, such as comfortable and modern. The trick is to use an “80/20 rule” when doing this, meaning 80% of the space will represent your main style and the remainder another style.

If you have contemporary outdoor furniture for your sitting area, you can also transition into a more traditional style for a dining space. This has everything to do with how you lay out your outdoor space.

Laying Out Your Furniture

When you lay out your patio furniture, it’s better to create distinct groupings of furniture than to have one large mismatched one. You can accomplish this with the right transitions.

A transition can be something like an area rug, half wall, outdoor fireplace, or set of greenery that creates a separation between the spaces. The two areas won’t necessarily be out of sight of each other, but instead will have their own distinct areas and styles.

That being said, you will still want to use color or materials to unify your entire space. In other words, you can carry through the same bright accent colors between two distinct areas on your patio. You can also use patio furniture in both areas that includes some of the same materials such as teak, wicker, or stainless steel.

Whether you are designing a porch sitting area, outdoor kitchen, dining area, or all of the above, you can successfully mix design and furniture styles with the right plan. Not only will this mixture create a stunning outdoor space for your home, but it will be one that is unique to your tastes, making it something you’ll be delighted to spend time in and show off when entertaining.