Spring is quickly approaching, and before we know it, it will be time to brush off those patio cushions, pull out the umbrella, and prepare for afternoons basking in our outdoor rooms. With that in mind, we thought it would be nice to sit down with our resident design expert Sarah Fishburne, the Director of Design & Trends, and hear how the inspiration for Patio 2013 came about, and what design trends we can look forward to seeing this year in outdoor furniture.
With this year’s collections, you can expect to see patio furniture that blends the styles of your traditional dining rooms with the comfort and durability of your outdoor dining areas.
Sarah said that she and her team were inspired by the idea of decorating an outdoor room as your would an indoor room, which is why you can see that this year’s collections look strikingly similar to the dining set where you hosted your last dinner party. Take, for example, the Hampton Bay Woodbury Collection with its trestle-style table and sleek armless dining chairs. Traditionally, dining room chairs are armless, as it’s really the most comfortable design for eating and relaxing at the table. That’s why Sarah and her team gave your traditional wicker chairs a more streamlined, armless look.
When you think of a dining table, you probably imagine it in either sleek mahogany or perhaps a worn wooden farmhouse-style. Wooden tables are a mainstay in dining room design, so why should your outdoor dining set be any different? Sarah and her team kept this in mind when dreaming up the Hampton Bay Walnut Creek collection. It features a table made of Durawood, a faux wood that looks realistic but won’t break down in harsh humidity, salty water, or whatever other elements Mother Nature may throw its way. The Walnut Creek Dining Table features a weathered, brown-gray finish to give it that casual feel, combined with the engineered advancements you’ve seen in composite decking.
You can’t talk about our Patio 2013 collections without mentioning the vibrant fabrics and patterns found on this year’s outdoor cushions and throw pillows. With fun, whimsical prints, Sarah and her team injected their collections with flamingos, florals and even nostalgic, summery words that speak to our memories of bygone days in the sun.
From the fabric choices to the furniture styles, Sarah and her team were inspired by the way we all live in our outdoor rooms. They designed pieces that are comfortable for our families and inspire us to really take advantage of every warm, sunny day.