The New Look of Casual: Emerging Outdoor Furniture and Accessories Trends

By de Bruin, Dominique; Eberly, Don | Landscape & Irrigation, October 2012 | Go to article overview

The New Look of Casual: Emerging Outdoor Furniture and Accessories Trends


de Bruin, Dominique, Eberly, Don, Landscape & Irrigation


Recent changes in residential building are leading to more opportunities for landscape contractors and designers. Not only are consumers spending more time at home, they are beginning again to invest in outdoor rooms to increase the values of their properties.

Additionally, as homes grow smaller, so do backyard spaces. According to a recent study by the National Association of Home Builders, the size of the average home will have decreased by 10 percent in the next few years. Thus, while trending toward being smaller, outdoor spaces are just as important as indoor spaces when it comes to resale value.

Outdoor rooms contain several key components landscapers can use to educate homeowners on design/build installations, including many outdoor furniture and accessory options. These essential elements for any outdoor space enable landscapers to sell complete outdoor havens to their clients with the premise of return of investment.

The following includes a selection of evolving outdoor room trends that were seen at the September International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market at the Chicago Merchandise Mart. Jaclyn Kelly, senior director of marketing for the show / MMPI, said, "The Casual Market offers landscapers and contractors new ideas and trends information they can use to market outdoor design projects on a wider scale."

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Versatile deep seating

Consumers are investing in comfortable deep seating furniture with transitional styling to enhance their outdoor spaces. It is neither traditional, nor contemporary. This allows them to change the setting from one design concept to another--for example, moving from traditional to contemporary. As a result, homeowners who are still recovering from dips in the economy can benefit from the longevity of the product's design style, without having to worry about what goes in and out of fashion. With transitional furniture, landscape professionals who work in the outdoor room business have the option to simply change out deep seating cushion fabrics, altering style preferences and up-selling to clients each year.

Meanwhile, the frame's clean lines remain popular and in style. The Lakeshore Wicker Collection from Telescope Casual Furniture balances traditional and modern design, making it versatile in a variety of patio applications. This type of transitional seating collection enables outdoor room installers to create comfortable outdoor chat areas that won't lose their sense of style.

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Retractable shade

As consumers are increasingly spending more time in backyard spaces, the need for shade devises and umbrellas has risen. This has led shade manufacturers to conceptualize inventive ways to address multiplying requests for technologically advanced, multifaceted shade systems. Solair Shade Solutions' PS2000 is a great example of shade versatility The PS2000 is a retractable awning that drew a lot of attention at the Casual Market for its ability to provide a fresh and modern way to add comfortable shade to the outdoor room, while offering 98-percent protection from harmful UV rays.

Versatile, retractable shade devices allow landscapers to turn lawns and decks with no trees in close proximity into seating and dining areas protected from the sun. This can be a valuable asset when marketing outdoor room designs and installation services to clients in new residential developments with trees that are not yet mature.

Dual functionality

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Tables with built-in fire features are popular additions for outdoor spaces; and over the years, coffee- and dining-height fire tables have continued to be a maturing trend. Whether a homeowner's outdoor space is large or small, many view the dining table as a must-have item. In addition, the added functionality of the table's fire feature enables consumers to entertain and enjoy backyard spaces during cool fall and winter nights. …

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