We want our homes to be at their best for the summer entertaining season, so now’s the time to think about the top furniture trends and getting something new to add a sense of luxury and indulgence.
Whether it’s a fresh new sofa for cosy afternoons spent lounging around, a new dining setting for summer entertaining, or outdoor furniture for weekend barbecues with friends, it’s all about stunning designs and beautiful materials that really inspire you to create the relaxed tropical atmosphere in your home that you’ve been dreaming of. In other words, it’s time to explore the Harvey Norman range of summer furniture.
When thinking of summer our minds automatically steer towards bright and airy spaces. It’s the season to throw open those curtains and let the sunlight pour in through the windows, so you can create cohesion between your indoor and outdoor spaces while entertaining.
A great way to embrace the use of light and to make your summer living room feel big and breezy is to embrace clean lines and modern design trends. A wonderful example of the modern aesthetic is the low and wide profile of the ‘Langham’ sofa range.
Available in a range of options, the ‘Langham’ is Australian Made so you have the opportunity to customise the fabric type and colour from a wide selection to suit your own personal style and preference. We’ve showcased a linen colour model, which has a versatile neutral tone that creates a great canvas from which to add splashes of colour. However, perhaps you’d prefer to select the bold ‘Plush Vine’ colour and truly complete the summer look.
The ‘Ego’ Hanging Egg Chair is a quintessential summer chair and is bound to become your favourite place to take a few moments for yourself. Made with high-quality wicker woven in a retro geometric pattern, the ‘Ego’ is cleverly designed with open sides so you can stretch-out for added comfort, and features a steel pole design for durability and security – making it the perfect seating addition for your outdoor area.
To go with the tropical theme, we’ve chosen cushions and an ottoman that are featured in a new Warwick fabric inspired by jungles and rainforests. Complete the look by adding a range of decor in natural tones to brighten up the space. Keep your eyes out for this new range of decorator items hitting the stores this month.
Whatever the occasion, the heart of your entertaining space will always be the dining room – that place where family and friends will spend hours lingering over a lazy Sunday lunch, while enjoying the gorgeous weather.
One of our standout designs this summer has got to be the warm and welcoming ‘Herringbone’ timber range, with the show-stopping Rectangular Dining Table an absolute must-have. Crafted from Silvertop Ash timber and featuring a stunning parquetry design, this Australian Made dining range can be customised in a variety of timber stains, sizes and dining chair upholstery options, so choose the right one to suit your space and decor.
Love the ‘Herringbone’ dining table? There is a whole collection where that came from, including the ‘Herringbone’ Buffet, which is a great showcase for the cross pattern timber design and makes a stunning focal point.
Keep the tropical summer theme going with the right choice of decorator items to really transform your space. Add plenty of Greenery and chose items in material like rattan to complement your table. It’s also a great idea to ensure your dining table is in a position where you’ll get a lot of natural lighting.
One of the best parts of Australian outdoor living in summer is being able to combine time indoors with plenty of time outdoors. Spending some quiet time basking in the warmth of the sun while enjoying a good summer read and a refreshing glass of lemonade can really recharge your batteries. It’s also a great time for entertaining family and friends in the backyard or on a patio, with the warm summer air and sunlight adding a magical touch to the atmosphere. And even better with a BBQ to cook a tasty gourmet feast and if you can spend some time by the sea or around a pool!
Whether you live close to the beach or not, you can enjoy your outdoor area and create a relaxed atmosphere by giving your outdoor furniture a seasonal update.
A standout from our new range of outdoor furniture has got to be the ‘Concorde’ 5-Piece Round Dining Setting. Consisting of a round dining table and four cushioned outdoor dining chairs, this is an ideal setup for spending a summer afternoon with family and friends. Made with aluminium frames, and teak tabletop and chair accents with a natural oil finish, the ‘Concorde’ has a quintessential modern look with its neutral tones. Add a pop of colour with some stripped or solid-coloured outdoor cushions from the ‘Hali’ range, or continue the tropical foliage theme with the ‘Avoca’ range of outdoor cushions.
Another great aspect of the ‘Concorde’ is that it is available in multiple configurations, whether you’re looking for a bar setting or an outdoor lounge setting for chilled afternoons in the backyard.
No summer outdoor experience feels complete without a barbecue, so we knew we’d better include one here – and this is the ultimate entertainer’s dream kitchen!
Just imagine having a ‘Riverina’ Outdoor Kitchen with Hooded BBQ in your backyard! This has got to be one of the best BBQs on the market and really is the complete package, with a 6-burner barbecue available with a hood and rotisserie or a flat lid, single bowl sink, plenty of storage and a 138L single door beverage cooler. Shown here in ‘Sheer Midnight’ stone top and ‘Baye’ laminate, the ‘Riverina’ comes in a variety of options and colours so you can customise your cabinetry, benchtops, appliances and accessories for a complete outdoor kitchen tailored to your needs!
But this outdoor kitchen isn’t just beautiful to look at – it’s your gateway to trying some new dishes when you’re next entertaining. Feeling inspired? We’ve got a few great new recipes for BBQ cooking on our blog, such as Grilled King Prawns with Garlic, Chilli and Oregano, Smoked Honey Barbecue Pork Ribs with Jalapeño and Coriander Salsa, and Grilled Salmon Kebabs with Zucchini and Dill Sauce.
Want to update your entertaining space in time for summer? Head on in to your local Harvey Norman store to see these summer furniture solutions in person, or browse online to see what’s possible for your outdoor entertaining area.