15 Hot Outdoor Furniture Trends

HGTV headed to the International Gift and Home Furnishings Market at AmericasMart Atlanta to uncover trends in outdoor furniture.

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Blending the Indoors and Out

Don't worry - this wing-back furniture may look like it's meant to stay in a living room, but it's made to withstand rain and other outdoor elements. The Barcelona collection by Summer Classics features upholstered side and back panels in Sunbrella Suntan Textilene fabric.

In Motion

Swivel chairs may seem old school, but they are sought after by homeowners, say furniture makers. The swivel rocker in Lloyd Flanders' Nova Collection, which was designed by Matthias Hoffman and introduced for 2015, allows people to join the conversation and soak up any water, mountain or other views. 

Contemporary Heats Up

No longer just a tiny fire pit, fire tables are becoming a bigger part of outdoor living spaces. Telescope Casual's fire table is surrounded by its new contemporary Ashbee Cushion sectional sofa set.

Teak is Trending

This sectional set shows a number of trends identified by Bew White, president of Summer Classics, whose furniture is sold by Frontgate and other retailer. Trends include deep seating, block-style shapes and weathered teak finishes.

Modern Comfort

Contemporary styles continue to be introduced as outdoor furniture options, showing the growing popularity of modern elements. The Nova Collection by Lloyd Flanders, for example, features table and sectional legs finished in a metallic silver. 

Clutter-Free Space

Outdoor spaces keep getting more organized, thanks to items such as the new patio storage box by Telescope Casual.

Faux Bois in Fashion

Outdoor tables made of concrete are durable but have the appearance of wood, on galvanized metal bases in a trapezoid shape. It's a blending of modern and organic textures and lines, by Elegant Earth.

Prepared for Crowds

Outdoor dining tables are getting larger, showing the emphasis on entertaining and eating meals al fresco, says Bew White, president of Summer Classics, an Alabama-based outdoor furniture manufacturer. Now tables are able to comfortably seat eight or more people, as long as there's space on a porch or patio.

One-of-a-Kind Furniture

Wood from Indonesian fishing boats is recycled and turned into chairs and tables by Warehouse 2120, which sells its one-of-a-kind pieces through dealers around the country.

Reused Materials

Benches made of old wood - such as pieces of boats used by Warehouse 2120 - add a recycled element and a backstory to your outdoor decor.

Multiple Seating Options

Bar seating remains popular outdoors, around built-in grills, along with ottomans that allow people to prop up their feet and relax.

Artist's Influence

Some companies are partnering with artists to design new outdoor furniture styles. Uwharrie Chair Company worked with North Carolina artist William Mangum to design its new Carolina Preserves collection.

Iconic Design

The new Lilly Pulitzer line for Target, which launches in April 2015 with home decor and other items in lively prints, adds to the bold prints seen in outdoor furniture and textile showrooms at AmericasMart Atlanta.

Playful Patterns

Consider yourself lucky that manufacturers are coming out each year with new patterns and accessories to update your outdoor furniture. The four-leaf clover is the star of the expanded Trefle collection by Fermob, on its white woven Sixties bench, and yes, the accessories can be used well past St. Patrick's Day. 

Vintage Seat

A tractor seat adds a vintage vibe that's always going to be a conversation starter when entertaining outdoors.