Top 5 Patio Trends for 2017

Homecrest Outdoor Living has been a leader in outdoor patio trends since the company's inception in 1953. As a frontrunner in the best in luxury furniture, Homecrest has identified five key patio trends in 2017.

Patio Trend #1: Deep Seating

As technologies and trends continue to develop and evolve, more and more patios are mirroring homeowners’ indoor living areas, including deep cushion seating. These days, exceptionally weather-resistant materials make it possible to have cozy, cushioned furniture in all sorts of styles, sizes and configurations that can be left outside year-round. Whether looking for a serene retreat with earth-inspired minimalist styling, elegant and contemporary sectionals for hosting soirees or richly traditional environments for family relaxation, the design options are endless.

Patio Trend #2: Fire Tables

Going hand in hand with the deep seating trend, outdoor fire tables are becoming a mainstay of the outdoor living experience. These tables often function as the focal point of the area and are the place where people naturally congregate when hanging around together in the backyard.

Fire tables come in all shapes, sizes, heights and surface options. Most common right now are models that are fuelled by propane or natural gas and upper-end models feature burners that outperform your barbecue! In everything from metals to ceramics to engineered composites, if you can dream up what you want your top to look like, chances are you’ll be able to find it at a specialty retailer.

Patio Trend #3: Natural-Looking Dining Tables

The outdoor living experience really began around the dining table, and while deep seating continues to grow as a category, just about anyone who owns any patio furniture includes an area to dine al fresco in their outdoor living spaces.

Art imitates nature, and in table design, styling is going au naturel. Over the last 20 years, the science behind outdoor table composites has made incredible gains, allowing furniture manufacturers to produce natural-looking tables that are incredibly realistic, while having the strength and weather-resistant characteristics of sophisticated, manufactured composites. These tables, often referred to as “faux-stone,” are impervious to variations in outdoor temperature and are amazingly fade and scratch-resistant. Dining table styles can range from hammered metals to distressed wood to granites to artisanal tiled stone, in shapes and heights that range from small end tables for a cozy vignette to enormous dining settings for twelve.

Patio Trend #4: Accessories

Personal touches and accessories are what often bring character and personality to our outdoor environment. Outdoor accessories like umbrellas and toss pillows are always a great step to provide a splash of color and fun. With new technologies, it is now possible to find great weather-resistant interior-inspired accessories that are perfectly at home in outdoor environments. From outdoor art and rugs to beautiful lighting and sculptures, the pieces we love and bring our outdoor spaces to life are now available with incredible weather-resistance characteristics. This allows us to complete our outdoor spaces exactly as we like without worrying about leaving favorite pieces outside.

Patio Trend #5: Air Products

Air products are one of 2017's newer patio trends! Homecrest's Air products include Grace Air, Elements Air and Airo2, which are low-maintenance, cushionless seating collections with the appearance and look of a deep seating chair.

Homecrest Outdoor Living has outdoor design options for all five of these 2017 patio trends. Visit our website to view our high-quality deep seating collections or try building your own custom furniture or fire table on our interactive design center.

2 Things Millennials Look for in Outdoor Furniture

Finding Custom Outdoor Furniture on a Millennial's Budget

"Millennials," people who were born between 1980 and 1995, are a surprisingly powerful group of consumers. Market research firms around the world spend millions of dollars analyzing the beliefs, education choices, employment rates, marriage ages and the shopping patterns of millennials.

The millennial generation has goals, expectations and preferences that are sometimes markedly different from previous generations. People who want to market to this demographic would love to know what millennials would actually like to buy. There are a couple things that millennials will take into account when they're making a major purchase such as outdoor furniture.

1. Long-Lasting, Quality Outdoor Furniture

Specialty outdoor furniture manufacturers like Homecrest and retailers are very aware of the fact that the millennial generation shows less interest in the same traditional styles of their parents while still being very interested in quality. Many millennials have some disposable income during the early years of their chosen profession. If they can find furniture and accessories that meet their needs, tastes and outdoor spaces, they're more likely to invest in a few luxury outdoor furniture pieces.

Although many millennials may be paying back student loans or in the process of buying their first home, there is a desire to invest their money into products they can use for more than a couple years. Even if patio room is scarce, millennials want their outdoor space to look presentable while reflecting their personalities and be an area that will provide many years of enjoyment and use.

2. Custom Patio Furniture and Design

Almost everything at a box store is boring and brown, and millennials are typically looking for fresh and contemporary design. Specialty patio stores perfectly cater the individual style that millennials crave by enabling a consumer to personalize their outdoor space. Not only do the specialty shops show a wide range of styles, virtually every piece can be ordered in any color and fabric.

Specialty patio stores tend to do business with suppliers who specialize in custom-ordered furniture, and the choices really are endless. Pieces tend to be sold “open-stock,” meaning the consumer isn't locked into purchasing an entire, fixed set, like four chairs and a table.

Homecrest Outdoor Living offers unending ways to mix and match any furniture set, whether a consumer is looking for two outdoor dining chairs and a side table or just a new outdoor fire table at balcony height.

This "mix and match" style approach to choosing patio furniture may cost more up front, but investing in a outdoor set with top-notch quality and design is something that millennials are willing to do if they can find the right pieces to fit their space and individual style.

Along with the ability to bring their individual style to their patio furniture, personal service and attention to detail is another aspect of the shopping experience that millennials value. A majority of specialty patio stores are family-owned businesses that really care about their consumer's experience, which is why they offer custom sets.

Why Custom Patio Furniture is the Best Choice for Your Outdoor Space

Custom patio furniture and personalized outdoor design taps into the aspects that millennials value: a quality product paired with a personal touch.

Before taking faded patio chairs out of storage after the last patches of snow have disappeared this summer or visiting a mass merchant for a new set, consider a more customized experience. Taking a few moments to find custom patio furniture sellers in your area can help you find the perfect design fit for your inner millennial, while accommodating the budget and space restrictions that often come with being a "high-maintenance millennial."


Visit Homecrest's interactive Design Center today to begin building a custom patio furniture set for your outdoor space.