Now that Christmas is done and dusted, it’s time to relax and enjoy this amazing weather.
Holiday time is all about catching up with family and friends, entertaining outdoors, having barbeques, even long Italian style lunches. With so many long weekends ahead, you will want to make the most of your outdoor spaces whether it is to relax or entertain in.
Let 2024 be the year that your outdoor living is elevated and even more practical and useful all year round.
Styling your outdoor spaces, whether it’s a deck, patio, or poolside area, is an excellent way to make the most of the summer and holidays.
Creating a comfortable and inviting atmosphere is key to enjoying outdoor living. One simple and effective way to achieve this is by using soft furnishings to add colour, pattern, and comfort to your outdoor furniture.
In this article, we’ll explore various tips and ideas on how to style your outdoor spaces with squabs, cushions and décor.
Firstly, consider the functionality of your outdoor space. If you plan to entertain, ensure there’s enough seating and space for guests. If you want a quiet retreat, create a cosy nook with a hammock or a reading corner with comfy squabs to lounge on.

Choosing the right materialsis key. Select cushions and squab fabrics that are designed for outdoor use. Look for materials that are water-resistant, UV-resistant, and easy to clean. Common options include polyester, solution dyed acrylic, solution dyed nylon, olefin, or Sunbrella or Planosol canvas fabrics, which can withstand the elements and maintain their vibrant colours.

Polypropylene is the most popular outdoor rug material.
It is stain-resistant, easy to clean, will fade less quick in sunlight, and can handle high moisture and heavy foot traffic.
Teak has the highest decay resistance of any natural wood, making it the go-to choice for home exteriors, and, of course, outdoor furniture. tropical hardwoods are resistant to rotting, warping, shrinkage, and swelling.
Aluminium and all-weather wicker are ideal materials too.
Stainless and Galvanised Steel, Wrought Iron and Concrete are also popular choices.

Mix and Match
Don’t be afraid to mix and match different patterns, colours, and sizes of cushions. This adds personality and character to your outdoor space. Consider a colour palette that complements your outdoor surroundings or the existing decor. eg. a tropical or Balinese theme can consist of parrot prints, palm tree prints, bright turquoise and green colours.
A coastal or Hamptons theme suits crisp blue and whites, or fresh green and white, or go with all neutrals in different shades of white, cream, taupe, beige but with loads of textures.
If a true nautical theme is what you are after, prints with anchors, yachts or seashells would work.
Take inspiration from the architectural style of your home, and your natural surroundings. If you have a lush garden, opt for cushions that echo the greenery with leafy patterns or earthy colours.

Ensure that your outdoor cushions are plush and comfortable. After all, the goal is to create a cosy and inviting space for relaxation. Invest in high-quality foam or padding to maximise comfort. We generally use 100mm foam for squabs on outdoor furniture, daybeds or loungers, but 50mm foam works well on smaller chair pads.
Reupholstery of existing, and creating new squabs is STYLE + SOUL’s most popular service.
Outdoor ottomans offer you the chance to put your feet up. They act as extra seating too, and can be used as side tables so are most versatile. These can be timber, concrete , aluminium, wicker, rattan or seagrass, or fabric ones to compliment your outdoor seating / squabs.
There’s a ton of options to choose from — square, round, rectangular, bench style, or even bean bags.

Keep It Clean
Regularly clean your outdoor cushions and squabs to maintain their appearance and longevity. Most outdoor cushions come with removable, machine-washable covers, however they can just be scrubbed in situ and hosed off. Ensure to stand them on end to fully drain and dry out. Follow care instructions to keep them looking their best, and store away during Winter, or periods of high winds and rain.

Shade and Shelter
Incorporate outdoor umbrellas, pergolas, or shade sails to provide protection from the sun and light rain. This not only adds practicality but can lengthen the time your outdoor spaces can be used.

Lighting, Décor and Accessories
Strategically place outdoor lighting and decor elements like lanterns, candles, or string lights to create ambiance for evening gatherings. These can transform your outdoor space into a magical haven after dark. Entertaining becomes resort like and your friends will be impressed!
Add personal touches with outdoor accessories like artwork, sculptures, or planters. These details can make your outdoor space feel like an extension of your indoor living area.
Consider adding outdoor throws, cushions, and rugs creating a layered, cosy look. These textiles enhance your overall style.
Styling your outdoor spaces with cushions and squabs can transform your outdoor area into a welcoming retreat where you, your family, and guests can relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Use climbing plants to break up brick walls, trellises and fences in your surrounds.
Wall art can be hung too. Choose fade resistant and waterproof ones designed for outdoor. Decorative garden spikes are super cool too, and don’t forget greenery and flowers also to enhance outdoors areas.

Whether it’s a sunny summer day or a warm evening, having a well-styled outdoor space will make your outdoor living experience comfortable and enjoyable.

So, get creative, choose the right materials, and let your outdoor space reflect your unique style and personality.

Sit back, sip up and enjoy!