Today’s outdoor rooms are so popular that many people enjoy spending time in their outdoor living space more than they prefer being inside. From using cellphones for calls and games to working on computers, watching TV, eating, exercising and, of course, relaxing, outdoors has become the new indoors. Here’s a look at what’s new in home furnishings for outdoor living:
Dining tables and chairs are at the top of outdoor shopping lists this year (followed by lounge chairs, lighting, fire pits, umbrellas and sofas). Leading the list of 2018 spring trends in the dynamic dining category is ultra-comfortable seating and a wide variety of table options in all sizes. Extra-large dining tables are perfect for large families and people who like to entertain groups for alfresco dining.
Yet, since not everyone has a large outdoor space, there are also plenty of new selections for small spaces, including dining groups suitable for apartment- and condo-size balconies.
The perfect complement to these seating groups are fire tables and fire pits, which are growing in popularity every day. Just having a fire outside creates amazing ambiance, and it’s inevitably where everyone will gather.
Much like indoor spaces, design trends for outdoor rooms are leaning more toward mixing rather than matching. It’s easier than ever to create your own personalized look with the latest styles on the market. Manufacturers are offering pieces that incorporate several different elements such as aluminum, wicker and teak, as well as groups that pair, for example, wicker seating with iron and wood tables.
Look for deep-seated chairs with high backs for relaxed comfort that encourages your diners to linger. Because they are so comfortable, these chairs extend the length of dinnertime, which promotes conversation and togetherness.
On the color spectrum, after years of brown as a dominant color, shades of gray are increasingly peeking through as a more popular finish.