Patios are no longer furnished with aluminum lawn chairs, lounges and picnic tables. Who wants to sit at on a hard picnic table to eat that wonderful steak just off the grill?
The patio of today has become a spot for entertaining and family bonding. A place to encourage relaxation. So the stiff and formal are out and the comfy-cozy is in.
The great desire is for a place to relax. A place that makes you think you are at a cottage or on vacation. A place that has a look and feel of being light, airy and carefree.
By using outdoor furniture pieces that look like they belong indoors you can extend the indoor comfort to your patio. And not only with the furniture, but also with accessories. Have you considered putting an outdoor rug under your patio lounge set? Does that say cozy?
Having a statement piece, that is, a piece of furniture that serves as a focal point or that is a conversation piece, always is a good idea. It may be of a different style or color or even something quirky.
Deep seated furniture pieces are not a totally new trend, but they have really caught on this year. People are live carts putting more money into their homes, re-doing old pools, updating their yards, and staying home instead of traveling. And, they are buying the high-end outdoor furniture that has the comfort and the durability that creates an outdoor living space they so desire.
Bar sets continue to be very trendy with the swivel, deep-seated stools However, glass topped tables are on the way out. They are hard to keep clean and looking good.
Warm colors and earth inspired fabrics with an ethnic, other country flavor, are popping this year. Even orange is coming back.
Durability is important and with all-weather materials such as resin wicker, teak, and cast aluminum, chaise lounges, recliners and ottomans have made their way from the living room to the great outdoors.
And, for an extension of the kitchen, coolers (that look more like furniture than anything you might lug to the beach), and attractive serving carts can transform your patio. And, of course, don’t forget the grill!