Thanks to technology and innovation, patio furniture has evolved dramatically to keep up with the growing trend of outdoor living. Patio furniture used to mean a charcoal grill and a few plastic folding chairs. Today, the outdoor space is an extension of our home and includes sophisticated appliances and comfortable, modern patio furniture.
According to a survey of home builders conducted by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, a patio or deck is among the top three features that new home buyers request. Furniture that looks as good in the living room as it does in the backyard is the biggest trend in patio furniture ideas.
Contemporary design is the top style of the latest outdoor living trend. Here are our picks for the best modern patio furniture pieces that are versatile, comfortable and beautiful enough to live inside, but durable enough for your outdoor space.
Modern Outdoor Chairs
As in interior design, your chairs don’t have to match the sofa. Whether you already have an outdoor sofa or you’re starting from scratch, here are some chairs worth adding to your patio seating mix.
Innit is offering colorful reproductions of this surprisingly comfortable chair ($430), which was introduced in the 1950s. It’s available in several configurations, with 15 vinyl cord colors and four metal frame colors (black, white, chrome and copper) to choose from. Rockers, rounded backs, kid-size versions and tables also are available.
Add fun and relaxation to sitting around by adding a swing chair to your patio space. Modway’s Encounter Swing Chair ($660) features synthetic rattan seating topped by a washable, weather-resistant green cushion suspended from a white aluminum frame.
Multi-Purpose Patio Furniture
These patio furniture picks made the list because they’re not only contemporary, but also have several uses. When investing in modern patio furniture, add modular or multi-purpose furniture to your outdoor living space.
Dimensions: 37.5″ W x 44″ D x 13″ H
This coffee table ($1,107) gives your patio a modern, Zen look thanks to its minimalist Italian design and LED lighting that casts a beautiful glow from within. The removable, transparent plexiglass top allows for storage inside the table and comes in six colors to adapt to your outdoor decor.