At Home: Outdoor Furniture Trends

Gone are the rusted aluminum adjustable chaises of our childhood. Today’s selection of lounge chairs, club chairs, recliners, settees, patio gliders and ottomans, as well as a host of tables and other accessories, guarantees you’ll have lots of choices for your outdoor rooms.
Some of this furniture, such as a wicker patio set, requires at least some protection from the elements, so a screened lanai is perfect.

Others, often made from recycled materials such as plastic milk bottles and covered with UV-, stain- and mildew-resistant fabric, can resist the ravages of weather outside for years with little or no upkeep.

The prevailing color these days is brown, for practicality, but bright cushions add a touch of color where desired.

Outdoor kitchens increase in popularity as moms try to avoid cooking inside because it heats up the house. With a built-in grill, sink and refrigerator, the number of door-slamming trips in and out by the kids is reduced and Mom isn’t stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is outside.

Elaine Heitman is the Executive Editor of Charlotte Parent Magazine