The latest and greatest trends in patio furniture

Phantom Screens / August 4, 2016

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In order to have the best patio around, your outdoor furniture has to be both fashionable and comfortable. But it doesn’t stop there. Much like clothing, patio furniture can go out of style, so it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends. With today’s demand for stylish and comfortable furniture, there are so many options to choose from. Here are some of the trends to try out right in your own backyard.

Transitional furniture

A big outdoor trend is having your indoors smoothly flow into the patio area. Essentially, you’re expanding your living space into the patio. Transitional pieces are great for this and include modern lines with a classic and contemporary feel. These pieces of furniture are often equipped with sculpted seats, arms and backs so you and your guests can remain comfortable through dinner, drinks and hours of conversation. The transitional style also makes it easy for homeowners to easily revamp the look of their outdoor space by simply swapping out cushions or accessories. And remember, retractable screens can really help create flexible living spaces!

Moving furniture

Indoors isn’t the only spot for swiveling, gliding and rocking chairs anymore. These types of pieces are being put on the patio as well. As far as color goes, neutrals like beige, black, ivory, off-white and grey generally have a lasting appeal and go well together. This allows for other pops of color elsewhere through things like pillows, wall art and potted plants.

Fabulous fabric

Both the type and the color of the fabric on your outdoor furniture can make all the difference. As far as color goes, it’s all about incorporating the bold and dramatic. Go for bright shades, stripes and patterns, whether it’s swirls or oversized florals. Don’t be afraid to mix different patterns, putting stripes on the sofa and florals on the ottoman. Use the same fabric on things like tablecloths, awnings, placemats, towels and other items to create a look of coordination.

When you’re choosing a type of fabric to go with, you’re going to want to lean toward one that requires little upkeep. While outdoor fabric is meant to be exposed to the elements, you should make a habit out of stowing them away before a big downpour or storm. However, if you forget to haul these items inside once or twice, no need to worry. The 100 percent acrylic fabrics won’t rot or fade – they’re filled with polyester that drains and dries quickly.

Wonderful wicker

Wicker furniture is the perfect accessory to make your outdoor furniture stand out in the best way. This type of furniture provides a unique texture that will enhance the outdoor experience of your home. Wicker is also very durable and versatile, coming in a wide range of designs. And the best part is that because it’s not metal, it won’t get as hot as other types of aluminum furniture would – making you and your guests much more comfortable during summer get-togethers.

Stackable chairs

Lightweight and stackable chairs are quickly gaining popularity because of their versatility. They can easily accommodate guests during outdoor gatherings and be stacked and stored away when not in use to create more space. And don’t worry, these stackable chairs are nothing like the white plastic or metal folding chairs that you see at weddings and graduations. Today’s stackable outdoor furniture is durable, high-quality and fashionable, so they can look great in any setting.

Multi-functional outdoor pieces

The patio exists for much more than only dining; it’s also a place for lounging, cooking and entertaining. Your furniture should be able to accommodate a wide range of needs. Here are some great multi-functional pieces to enhance your patio:

  • Storage ottomans
  • Benches with storage space built-in
  • Fire pit tables, which provide adequate space with a warm ambiance
  • Outdoor Lazy Susans
  • Grills with built-in cabinets underneath
  • Coffee tables