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    Fringe: It’s What’s Fresh for Your Outdoor Furniture This Summer

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    Buying patio furniture tends to be pretty straightforward: You pick out your lounge chairs, a table, and maybe an umbrella—all in a matchy-matchy motif that’ll withstand the elements.

    That’s all well and good if you’re just looking to get the job done and anything will do. But what if you want something with a bit more personality? It’s time to tap into the summer trend that’s bringing pizzazz to the porch: fringe.

    Fringe accents are the ultimate way to give your basic outdoor furniture a pop that’s downright fun.

    “This year, people are mixing up clean lines with touches of fringe to soften up their spaces,” says Kate Spiro, an interior designer in New York City. “Building in a variety of textures adds depth and visual interest, and fringe is a fresh way to do that to your outdoor space.”

    Fringe for the win

    Why is fringe so hot right now? It’s part of a bigger trend toward bohemian and maximalist design, which seamlessly combines clashing patterns, varying textures, and even different design styles, the pros say.

    “Fringe with a groovy ’70s vibe works well with rattan furniture and the boho chic trend that’s been going strong since last summer,” says Annabel Joy, interior designer at Trim Design Co., a boutique e-design firm in Massachusetts. “We’re seeing a lot of fringe detailing on furniture, cushions, and even window treatments this season as part of the overall turn toward maximalism in design.”

    (If boho isn’t really your style, Joy recommends adding ornate passementerie tassels instead. Add them to drapes, throw pillows, and upholstered furniture, and you’ll create a more formal look.)

    Ready to spice things up? Here are a few simple ways to add some texture to your outdoor space this season.

    Accent your furniture with fringe pillows


    Photo by Arc Photography
    Forget your solid-colored pillows, and instead opt for a bold print with fringe rimming for texture. Don’t be afraid here—embrace the chaos by mixing and matching different textured patterns and colors to create a fun look that’s just the right amount of over-the-top.

    What to buy: 

    Fringe tablecloth/runner

    Fringe table runner

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    Maybe your patio furniture is just fine the way it is, but you’d like it to look just a bit more festive for your summer soirees. Easy! Just throw a tablecloth or runner with fringe on the table. You’ll create an instant party atmosphere.

    What to buy: 

    Fringe umbrella


    Photo by Joel Dessaules Design
    A solid or striped umbrella is perfectly fine. But a fringe or tassel umbrella? That’s an outdoor accent that’s full of personality and will grab your guests’ attention. Place your fringe umbrella over the pool or over your outdoor table to block out the sun and create a boho chic–Palm Springs vibe.

    What to buy: 

    Fringe hammocks


    Photo by Topsy Design 
    Summer afternoons are meant for lounging with a good book (and hopefully a delicious beverage in your hand). Where better to do that than in a cozy hammock that you can hang and take down as you please?

    But don’t just spring for any old hammock you find. A tassel hammock offers a boho chic look that will complete your space nicely and look effortless.

    What to buy:

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