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There's normally a distinction between the decor and furniture items that dutifully spend their time indoors and the ones that weather through storms outside. Most times, it's easy to tell which is which. Rattan, wicker, and teak are mainstays of outdoor areas whereas upholstered items and really any kind of soft, comfortable materials are rarely seen leaving the safety of a roof and four walls.
But times have changed. Thanks to the invention of smart fabrics, an influx of weather-resistant materials, and sleek silhouettes, it's become harder to tell the difference. Furniture can now play a more adaptable role in and out of homes, which makes decorating for both even more exciting.
From jute-like poufs made of element-resistant materials to squishy chairs that would look perfectly placed in a living room or patio, below are pieces that blur that line and fluidly shift between indoor rooms, outdoor spaces, and the places that straddle both.
Unique Loom Casual Solid Border Transitional Indoor and Outdoor Flatweave Black Area Rug
Nothing makes an exterior space feel more like an outdoor room than a sleek little rug. In a place so prone to constant moisture, dirt, spills, and sun, it's hard to imagine a rug being a fitting addition. Fortunately, its polypropylene material deflects stains and the occasional soaking with ease. The selection of colors and sizes also makes it easy to find one that matches the surrounding space.
World Market Multicolor Modern Geo Indoor Outdoor Throw Pillow
Even the most basic seating arrangements can feel stylish with a fun assortment of throw pillows—both indoors and out. This color-blocked option shows that pillows deserve a spot outside, too. Crafted out of recycled water bottles, the abstract cushion is strong enough to withstand days spent out in the elements but cozy enough for use inside, too.
Rejuvenation Kibby Outdoor Rechargeable Lamp
Not all decks and patios are equipped with power outlets and running an extension cord can be a tad unsightly. To solve for both, this sleek little lantern is up for the job. It's conveniently cordless and rechargeable, coming with a handy little remote, too. Though it's great for dining outside, the lamp is an ideal source of light for movie nights or rainy summer evenings camping indoors as well.
Article Corvos Armless Chair
Outdoor furniture is typically considered uncomfortable, stiff, and rarely as plush as its indoor equivalents. Article's Corvos chair instantly waves away those notions. This cushioned and comfortable seat fits neatly into both modern and bohemian-style spaces and competes with the comfortable calling of your interior couch. These puffy seats can be combined with multiple other modules to make for a loveseat or outdoor sofa, too.
World Market Natural and White Faux Jute Indoor Outdoor Pouf
Poufs and ottomans are the multi-tasking magicians of the furniture world and an option that can hover between indoor and outdoor spaces is even more spectacular. The fabric covering this one has the fun, outdoor-friendly appearance of jute, but it's actually crafted out of polyester made from recycled water bottles. This means it can masterfully handle both indoor and outdoor living with ease.
iHome 3.11-in 5-Watt Indoor/Outdoor Portable Speaker
Music is a must-have for indoor and outdoor rooms alike, but decking out both can be expensive, and lugging not-so-outdoor-friendly speakers onto the patio can result in serious damage. A sleek speaker that's fully waterproof but equipped with crystal clear sound quality is the best of both worlds. You can set the tone (literally) back and forth between your interior hangouts and get-togethers outside.
Homemory 10" x 4" Waterproof Outdoor Flameless Candles with Timer
Having an array of lighting options makes a space feel cozy and functional. Aside from a lamp, lantern, or string lights, candles are a much appreciated little burst of ambient lighting. Unfortunately, real flames don't handle water and wind well, and wax struggles to stay solid in direct sunlight. Faux candles that look remarkably real take away all of these concerns and make it easy to bring visual warmth to an outdoor room.
Article Medan Indoor Outdoor Accent Chair
The laidback look of rattan is mixed with smart tech in this cool indoor-outdoor chair from Article. The synthetic wicker has no issues with the unpredictability of outdoor environments and won't crack or deteriorate. Regardless of where it's placed, it'll make for a nice accent chair. In a living room, it would look impeccably sleek when styled with a faux sheepskin rug draped over it; outside, it's the prime place for a splashy printed seat cushion.