Planning for More Outdoor Time


Plan More Time for Outdoor Living

Daylight-Saving Time not only signals the onset of longer days, but also the beginning of the outdoor living season. Homeowners shopping for new outdoor furnishings this year will find fresh colors, surprising new motion furniture, and maximum value in all categories.

“Once we change our clocks, we know the first day of spring is right around the corner. That causes a lot of us to take a long look out the backdoor at our outdoor living spaces. It’s time to begin planning improvements for the warmer days ahead,” says Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance.
outdoor311_woodardAfter the long gray days of winter, the first thing many homeowners want to add is a splash of color to their porch or patio. “Crisp shades of blue and green are expected to be favorites this year, but for those who already have cushions in neutral earth tones, a pop of red or orange is a quick and easy way to brighten your space,” says Hirschhaut.
Blue this season is more tropical than nautical, with shades of aqua waters and azure skies more popular than marine navy. Forest green remains a staple at popular prices, but softer shades of sage and celadon are a better complement to this season’s new neutral: gray.
“Gray rolled into the outdoor living palette this year like a fast-moving summer storm,” Hirschhaut notes. “It is the trend-forward choice in every major material for outdoor furnishings.” From polished steel to hand-forged iron, weathered gray teak to driftwood shades of synthetic wicker, gray is the backdrop for all other outdoor color directions this season. Stripes, geometric prints and florals large and small pair gray with everything from butter yellow to poppy red to those tropical blues.
Whether shopping for dining or lounge furniture, homeowners will find it’s increasingly difficult to sit still this year. Dining chairs bounce and swivel, while lounge chairs rock, recline and rotate. “And two old-fashioned favorites are making a strong comeback this season: rockers and gliders,” Hirschhaut points out.
Finally, in all price points and in all styles, the added attention to small details is hard to miss this year. Design flourishes—from detailed scroll work in chair backs to shaped table bases to those ubiquitous motion features—mean added value for outdoor furniture shoppers.
“It’s a great time for sprucing up outdoor living spaces,” Hir schhaut notes. “Even shoppers on a limited budget will find a lot of style and a lot of function without a lot of looking.”

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