Outdoor Patio Furniture Options and Ideas
Discover new options and ideas in furniture for your outdoor patio space.
Construction's finished on your new patio, which means the work is almost done. Now it's time to choose some really spectacular outdoor patio furniture to complement your brand-new outdoor living space.
You'll have many outdoor patio furniture options to choose from in terms of style, materials and cost. A good place to start is to decide if you want to carry the interior aesthetic of your home outside, or instead create a brand-new, unique outdoor space.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Next you should consider the various materials available for patio furniture. Traditional wicker or bamboo patio furniture now comes in a variety of weights, colors and pricing tiers. For a more substantial feel, you might try redwood or cedar furniture, which will be naturally resistant to warping, decay and insects. If you're worried about weather wear, you might want to consider wrought iron or stone for tables and chairs. Even cushions for couches and chairs are now made of acrylic fabrics that can withstand all types of weather and sun exposure.
If your patio is poolside, consider teak furniture, which is highly water resistant. Speaking of which, for great durability and water resistance you might consider powder coated metal furniture, which can last for years without scratching or fading.
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