10 outdoor entertainment area trends to try in 2023

Manifesting a sunny summer.
outdoor entertaining area ideas round tablePhotography: Alana Landsberry

It’s that time of year again! Summer is coming and we’re dreaming about long, lazy days outside. Right on cue, the new outdoor furniture collections are landing in stores and we’re seeing so many outdoor entertainment area ideas. Now’s the time to gear up for backyard dining, drinking and lounging.

This year, there are so many good pieces to update your outdoor entertainment area and delightful ways to style them. The palette is a cocktail of peach and blood orange hues, mixed with fresh white and blue.

Whether you have a small patio, pool area or large dining space, it’s a pick-and-mix of alfresco ideas that will help you make the most of your time outside. We all want somewhere to sit and relax, fire up the barbie and rest between dips. We’ve got backyard ideas to cover all bases.

To help kickstart your imagination, check out Home Beautiful stylist Lucy Gough’s outdoor entertainment area ideas featuring our favourite trends from the latest drops.

Outdoor entertainment area ideas

1. Geometric curves

Rounded edges are rising to the top. Of course, circular tables have always been in but now they’re really taking centre stage. Scalloped edges and organically curved decor are also a contemporary choice, juxtaposed with sharp lines like those seen in these tree-like candles.

outdoor entertainment area ideas round table and stools
‘Livorno’ round dining table in White Speckle, $3915, Globe West. On table, from left: Robert Gordon x MoVida carafe in Sage, $79.95, and sangria jug in Jasper, $89.95, both Robert Gordon. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

2. Cool stools

If you’re looking for outdoor entertaining area ideas that are casual and versatile, consider stools for outdoor dining. They allow for your group numbers to fluctuate without adding too much bulk in the way of chairs and can be moved around easily for a perch by the barbecue, pool or wherever the sun, shade and chat takes you.

outdoor entertaining area ideas round table
‘Wave’ side tables in Speckle Clay and Speckle Soft Blue, $395 each, both Bonnie and Neil. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

3. Elevated concrete

Think smooth, cream-coloured and with an Italian sensibility like this concrete coffee table. Make it feel extra modern by pairing with the season’s latest spectrum of rust shades and sculptural decor.

outdoor entertainment area ideas lounge and coffee table
‘Zaza’ outdoor sofa in Malibu Blush, $6635, King. ‘Pasito’ concrete coffee table, $2195, Coco Republic. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

4. Retro block walls

The breeze block wall, like the one in this Queensland worker’s cottage is having a revival. If you’re after outdoor entertaining area ideas to add an extra layer of privacy, this is great behind a barbecue or sitting area. Usher it into 2023 with an all-white palette paired with organic textures and shapes or a fruity punch of colour.

outdoor entertainment area ideas outdoor lounge
‘Marine Parade’ outdoor bolster in Melon, $245/74cm x 18cm, Original Parasol Co. On table, from left: Stoneware plant pot in Rust Brown, $49.99, large wavy stoneware vase, $69.99, scented candle in glass holder in Plum Noir, $34.99, and Summer Rain candle, $24.99, all H&M. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

5. Browns, blues and blood orange

The colour forecast for the incoming seasons is warmer than usual. We’re talking a big shift away from grey towards colours with more brown undertones. So pink, lilac and beige, along with pale to rich blues. This will continue into 2024.

outdoor entertainment area ideas dining table and chairs
Le Sirenuse’ premium beach umbrella, $299.99, and The Classic Base, $299.99, both Business & Pleasure Co. Houe ‘Click’ outdoor dining chair with armrests in Light Blue, $455, and outdoor dining chair in Paprika, $439, both SLH. ‘Monarch’ dining table, $1499, Domayne. Corsica’ sleigh armchair in Natural, $1005, Globe West. ‘Hampton’ outdoor teak bench, $1699, Alfresco Emporium. Cotton weave cushions, $29.99 each/40cm, H&M.(Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

6. Modern meets island

Embrace the modern wave of bright shades and balance them out with natural fibres such as rattan and subtle hints of island life. Laying your table with a mix from different sets creates an eclectic, casual aesthetic that suits an informal outdoor soiree. Ensure you use similar tones and ground the look with neutral elements.

outdoor entertainment area ideas table setting
‘Mykonos’ plates in Coral and Light Blue (top right), $139 each, No. 22. ‘Byron Palm’ small bowls in Denim and Biscuit (top right), $4.95 each, and Habitat ‘Sahara’ placemats in Natural, $9.95 each, all Pillow Talk. Table runner in Riviera Pink, $99.99, Business & Pleasure Co. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

7. Bright everything

While white on white isn’t going anywhere, bright on bright is inching in. Choose a shade to match your beverage and double down in pool chairs, a parasol and matching glassware. Blood orange with Barbie pink is unexpected but bang on trend.

outdoor entertainment area ideas sling chairs
‘Le Sirenuse’ sling chairs, $299.99 each, Business & Pleasure Co. Pecan and pink frill cushion, $119, Oak & Ave. ‘Tide Isle’ stool in Natural, $660, Globe West. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

8. Bar carts

A bar cart makes any gathering into a party and they’re coming in hot this summer. Load them up with the latest in coloured glassware and cocktail-making necessities, accessorised with natural fibres. Coloured everything is the go, so hit the hues in coloured cutlery too.

outdoor entertainment area ideas bar cart
‘Imola’ outdoor bar cart in Terracotta, $795, Huset. ‘Like’ wine goblets in Clay, $54.95/set of 2, and water glasses in Clay (top), $34.95/set of 2, and Grape, $34.95/set of 2, all Villeroy
& Boch. Swizzle sticks and cocktail shaker (far right) in Terracotta, $44.99 as part of Cocktail Essentials Kit, Sunnylife. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

9. Casual corners

Like a nook but for outside, create moments around your backyard to encourage interaction when entertaining a big crowd (who you might need an extendable outdoor table to accommodate). Layer a blanket with cushions and casual chairs to make people want to hang around. Make it fun with clashing prints: stripes, checks, stripes and moons all work within a tight colour scheme.

outdoor entertainment area ideas lounger chair
Terry travel lounger chair in Salmon, $139.99, Sunnylife. ‘Hastings Street’ bolster in Pink Stripe, $245, Original Parasol Company. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

10. Outdoor games

Gone are the stuffy dinner parties and in are fun times and relaxed vibes. Bocce, Finnish Throwing Game and other outdoor games are guaranteed to lighten the mood. Set them up around your backyard then sit back and watch while your guests entertain themselves.

outdoor entertainment area ideas outdoor mat
‘Bluebell Gingham’ outdoor mat, $99.95/180cm x 180cm, Recycled Mats. ‘Double Waves’ bolster in Blue, $295, Bonnie and Neil. Bocce set in Sorbet, $59.99, Sunnylife. (Photography: Alana Landsberry / Styling: Lucy Gough)

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