Among the outdoor furniture trend forecasts that interior designers shared with TZR last year was a focus on year-round living, luxurious experiences and multi-functional pieces. And since then, well, not much has changed. “Without a doubt, the enforced isolation of the pandemic has caused a shift towards maximizing home comfort, especially in underutilized outdoor spaces,” Scott Selzer, founder and CEO of StruXure, told TZR. . “More comfortable seating and outdoor kitchens immediately increased, but protecting that furniture and making those outdoor spaces usable year-round is more in demand than ever.” In other words, many outdoor furniture trends of 2022 have simply carried over from last year, reflecting the continued importance of outdoor spaces. Luckily, though, they seem to have had an infusion of creativity, durability, and a bit more fun.

It makes sense – after all, in 2021 people were still in scramble mode to make their patios and backyards livable. Now that they’re functional, we want them to continue to be. However, it is also possible to start thinking in these areas as well. And that’s exactly the story this year’s trends are telling. From indoor-outdoor spaces to versatile designs, find out what’s changing (and staying the same) this summer from designers’ predictions, yet to come.

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Bring out the inside

If there’s one thing you can count on this summer, it’s that the indoor-outdoor trend will continue to reign supreme. “Outdoor spaces are quickly becoming an extension of interiors,” says Jeremy Graef, director of Connate Design. “We’re creating more outdoor living and dining areas that really blur the lines and convey indoor style to outdoor spaces.”

Luckily, Paige Gray, co-founder and lead designer of Parker&Harlow, has a simple suggestion for trying out this furniture trend at home. “Replace the typical lounge chairs with an outdoor sofa,” she explains. It will help you make the most of summer days and provide you with a cozy nook to relax or entertain. According to Graef, you can get even more out of it by adding rugs, table settings, vases and outdoor sculptures.

Modularity

In 2022, people expect more from their outdoor spaces than ever before. For this reason, Terry Lin, co-founder and design director of Outer, says versatility is key. The solution? Modular seats, which allow you to reconfigure your outdoor space according to your needs. “Looking to snuggle up with your family on a weeknight? Configure five chairs into one long sofa,” says Lin. pieces and two accent chairs without armrests.

Although she doesn’t mention modularity, Gray echoes Lin’s prediction, emphasizing versatile pieces. “We will see an increase in multifunctional outdoor furniture that can be arranged in multiple ways or serve different purposes,” she notes. “Consider adding benches, ottomans, and side tables to make your outdoor space adaptable to your lifestyle and for hosting guests and entertaining.”

Sustainability

As with many categories, Lin says sustainability is playing “an increasingly important role in home furnishings” – including outdoor items. “’Fast furniture’ has major environmental consequences; poorly made parts end up in the landfill after just one season and a few uses,” he explains. Selzer shares similar thoughts, noting he’s seeing “a better understanding of the ramifications of unnecessary purchases.” Thus, he warns against buying cheap items that only last one season or products that are harmful to the environment. Instead, focus on pieces made from responsibly sourced or recycled materials that will last for years.

Mix materials

If you’ve collected several different sets of outdoor furniture over the years, you’re in luck. According to Heather Wise, chief interior designer at Spacejoy, one of the biggest trends this summer will be the mix of materials. “Think wood, wicker, and cement accents come together to work harmoniously,” she says. While this might be a daunting thought for those who like to match, it’s actually an easy idea to take on board. In fact, says Wise, it’s just about finding commonalities in the pieces you love. “For example, pieces that share colors, shapes, or style will help mixed materials feel intentional.”

This look may also be a way to introduce another 2022 trend: light wood tones, which Maria Castillero, lead interior designer at Spacejoy, says she’s seen more and more of throughout the year. “They’re the perfect backdrop for a neutral space or you can use them as a building block for a really colorful design,” she explains.