Every year, we challenge ourselves and each other to predict design trends for the year ahead. Our inboxes are cluttered with end-of-year trend reports and summaries, and our social feeds are clogged with unsolicited suggestions about curating our exteriors. More than ever, we noticed that many successful indoor furniture brands are expanding their field into the outdoors too. The direction outdoor furniture design takes this year will depend on various factors and is constantly evolving, but here is what we foresee.
This year, it would be interesting to propose a list of design trends and tendencies we want to see shine. After a dynamic 2022, this year will shift favourably to a positive year of peace and prosperity. The Year of the Water Rabbit embodies yin, the passive principle of the universe, which manifests in relaxation, contemplation, quietness, fluidity, longevity, prosperity and hope.
The new year will see a new fervour with bold, colourful, forward-thinking designs with bright prints, customised patterns, and bold colours. The covid-years saw soft colours, minimalistic designs, wars, violence, and thoughts of an unsettling future. Second to interior design, outdoor design reflects what’s happening around us, and trends are unveiling boldly-inspired cubism and expressionism. The principal design trend already emerging is maximalism, which expresses a desire for a different and forgiving world. We’ll be seeing mismatched patterns, clashes of colours and striking statement pieces.
Whilst it’s challenging to predict furniture design so early in the year, many external factors, such as social, cultural and economic change and technological advancements, influence design. Recent events have affected global populations and significantly impacted design, people’s attitudes, preferences, behaviours and requirements. A few trends are gaining popularity and may continue to shape furniture design in this hoped year of peace.
Reflecting on this year, designers focus on longevity and the use of high-grade, durable materials such as fiber, aluminium and teak in outdoor furniture. These quality materials are ideal for outside furnishing, withstand harsh and extreme climate conditions, and maintain their natural beauty over time.
Neutral colours have been popular over the last couple of years. This year we expect explosions of colour and graphic patterns in yellow, red and orange. Many homeowners are seeking furniture that is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. We have already seen an increased use of indoor-outdoor fabrics and all-weather wicker structures, providing a softer appeal. Multi-purpose furniture is also increasing, such as tables used for entertainment, dining and alfresco working or seating that can convert into daybeds or sun loungers.
Trends constantly ebb and flow, so it’s difficult to predict what the future will bring. Thankfully, there is still a growing focus on sustainability. Using sustainable or recycled materials such as plastic or fibre, reclaimed wood and natural fibres that can again be recycled at the end of their lifespan. These are the key pillars to consider whilst choosing your outdoor furniture.
Look for weather-resistant materials like DEDON fiber, teak and aluminium. There is an impressive range of outdoor furniture made from sustainable, eco-friendly materials such as recycled plastic or fibres, reclaimed wood, and natural or science-based eco-fibres on the market.
Don’t sacrifice comfort over style; consider ergonomic designs with thick, plush cushions for ultimate relaxation.
Choose furniture that complements the overall aesthetic of your outdoor space.
Invest in furniture that is beautifully made and built to last.
Remember to do your homework, shop around and consider reviews and ratings from well-renowned brands with a proven track record for getting a sense of service, quality and durability of different products.