Outdoor furniture trends are moving towards furniture that easily blends in with its natural surroundings. The idea is to combine indoor comfort with the allure and wonder of nature for the maximum sense of overload.
The 2020 lockdown put pressure on the need for places to relax that provided an escape into the outdoors without leaving home. Since they could not move outside their home environments, people had to reinvent their backyards by redesigning them for a great outdoorsy feel. Below are 7 trends in outdoor furniture.
1. Emphasis on comfort
Prior to 2020, a high end furniture store focused on the formal, which was not necessarily comfortable. This is because people only came out for brief moments. However, as people were forced to work from home, the need to stay outdoors for long periods was informed by the fact that this was their only option for leaving the house.
As a result, outdoor furniture had to be comfortable to allow working outside for long hours. This trend is set to persist into the year.
2. Furniture that blends with nature
Imagine coming home to the scent of beautiful wildflowers and lush gardens. This is a perfect way to unwind, especially with a cup of coffee as you sit on a comfortable reclining chair watching the sun go down.
The serene, natural atmosphere calls for furniture that blends in. Think of dining furniture tucked in the middle of your garden where you can have meals with your family, or just unwind after a hard day’s work. While this trend gained traction during the 2020 lockdowns, it is set to persist into the coming years.
3. Colorful furniture
If you are all about vivid colors and shades, get creative with cabana-inspired designs. Here, you can experiment with laid-back wooden furniture, terracotta-painted walls, outdoor rugs, bright potters, and more.
Simply let your imagination run wild, just as your garden should be. You can even create a social area by throwing in an L-shaped wood-framed sofa and a colorful Mexican outdoor rug, several cacti and potted palms, and a low wooden table.
4. Inside-out designs
Trending outdoor furniture focuses on bringing the inside-out look and feel. This is easy to pull off if you view the outdoors as an extension of the indoors, more or less as an ‘extra room’, instead of a separate space that’s different from your house.
To pull off a classic inside-out furniture look, go for cozy chairs and sofas, and remember to accessorize with side tables, waterproof cushions, outdoor lamps, and rugs. You will love the view and atmosphere, especially when dusk sets in.
5. Luxury outdoor furniture
Besides introducing the inside-out look to your outdoors, why not go for the luxe look as well. Think of furniture that evokes luxury cruises and exotic beach vacations. Bring in some 5-star poolside glamor to give your gardens a luxe look.
Even if you don’t have room for a pool, the right outdoor furniture can still help you pull off a luxurious look and feel. The idea is to incorporate furniture that brings that ‘luxury hotel’ vibe to your outdoors. A large parasol complemented with the right furniture will exude an authentic vacation feel right in your home environment.
6. All-season outdoor utility
In the past, gardens were viewed as spaces to be used during the warm months, especially in the summer. When temperatures dropped, gardens were neglected as people cuddled inside the warm indoors.
Today, there is a campaign to have all-year-round gardens filled with complementing trending outdoor furniture. These involve customizing outdoor spaces to make them usable during the cold months, including winter, as well as in the summer.
Furniture that can be placed around a fire pit or a chiminea where people can snuggle around when it’s cold is gaining traction. You can bring some woolen clothes to add warmth to your outdoor sofa.
Should your garden be exposed to wind, plant some vegetation around it to keep the cold out. You could also add a decorative screen for the same purpose.
7. Furniture for the ‘working’ garden
The COVID-19 pandemic redefined how people work. Unlike in the past when people would drive to work, the office space went home to where people lived. This could be a room in your house, or a separate work area tucked into your garden.
Appropriate furniture for such ‘offices’ includes wooden home items that blend in with outdoor spaces. Imagine attending a Zoom meeting from your beautiful office executive furniture that doesn’t compromise comfort.
The current trend in outdoor furniture has one goal: to blend the indoor comforts with the alluring outdoors. For this, you have to constantly be on the lookout for inspiration that should be inspired by your lifestyle and taste.