Outdoor Trends 2016
It's now a given that outdoor collections include “motion” seating in the form of swivels and rockers, often concealed within a chair frame. Comfort in the form of deep seating and ergonomic lounges is another standard that continues into the new season. And, fire features are the “must have,” being designed as standalone furniture or to sit atop tables and bars. As for color, blue is the new neutral, metallic finishes are refreshingly sophisticated and pops of saturated color in textiles and accessories brighten one's mood. Here are five lifestyle segments forecasted for outdoor living 2016.
Incorporating a mélange of comfortable seating options, strategic lighting and interesting accessories create a welcoming, conversational atmosphere. Designer Stephen Burks' AHNDA lounge chair for Dedon is masterfully designed for comfort and style. Live edge tables, popular in indoor dining, are also making appearances outdoors in cast aluminum.
Unlike static suites of furniture, modular seating with interesting configuration options provides the ability to personalize one's space by styling it to convey a personal fashion statement. For example, the Metropolis collection from Woodard features luxury finishes in hues of zinc, copper, graphite, pewter, black chrome, textured black and chromite, and can be configured with singular, sectional seating, wedges and ottomans to suit myriad spaces and incorporate personal expression.
A look to the future with innovative fabrics and finishes beckons those with a desire to possess the newest technology. While more traditional outdoor furnishings are super-sized for luxurious comfort, the futurist seeks sleek, modern design. Pride Family Brands' new Park Place Collection of luxury patio furniture is handcrafted to perfection with a modern aesthetic and precision-tailored cushions.
Eclectic, global influences convey one's cultured sophistication and creativity. Fendi Casa's Capri Armchair features a variety of textiles and materials in a sophisticated duo-chromatic take on this trend. A more casual take on the trend incorporates a varied mix of colors and cultural prints as if to emulate an interesting international bazaar.
Distressed finishes convey casual comfort and nuanced industrial elements as in Agio's Franklin Dining Collection that features a weathered trestle-style table with a porcelain top laser textured to emulate wood. Those drawn to high-rise dwellings seek to create outdoor social spaces within confined balconies where full-sized tables and large lounges may not be suitable. But now, there are more bistro sets and modular groups from which to choose.