Ten Trends in Outdoor Furnishings

20160919_102020By Teresa Woodard

Heartland Gardening headed to the International Gift and Home Furnishings Market at AmericasMart Atlanta to uncover trends in outdoor furnishings. Here are a few to inspire your outdoor spaces.

1)      Upgraded Recycled Furniture – One furniture manufacturer is transforming landfill waste into attractive, all-weather furniture.20160919_101725

2)      Retro Camp Gear – The growing fireplace craze is generating renewed interest in camp tools like pie irons, marshmallow sticks and popcorn poppers.

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3)      Cutting-edge Metal Furnishings – The laser-cut trend of the fashion industry is now entering the outdoor furnishings industry with metal benches cut in intricate patterns.

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4)      New Heights for Miniatures –The miniature craze remains strong with holiday additions and whimsical nature-inspired abodes.

5)      Parisian Bistro-Weave  –The classic French bistro chairs of the 19th century cafes are popping up inside kitchens and outside on patios. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, they easily mix with rustic or sophisticated pieces.

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6)      Tiki Fun – The Tiki culture, more of 1930s Hollywood than true Polynesia, is enjoying a revival in today’s backyards as homeowners create tropical backyard vacation destinations.

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7)      Modern Zen – Stone sculptures make striking centerpieces in minimalist and meditative gardens.

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8)      Statement Containers – Today’s containers go luxe in grand scale, jewel-tone colors and stone and metallic finishes.

9)      Stacked stone fountains – These smaller bubbling water features offer the alluring sound and wildlife water source without the stagnant water of traditional bird baths or the maintenance hassles of larger water features.

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10)   Salvaged wood furnishings – Look for painted pieces to add some colorful funk to your backyard.

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