Design Tip: Mixing Materials and Styles
Remember about fifteen to twenty years ago when the term “outdoor living room” seemed completely foreign? Or even before that when outdoor furniture was largely sold as rudimentary matching sets that focused almost entirely on function rather than aesthetics or comfort? Well the times have changed and now many people, especially in regions where the weather is pleasant almost year round, view their yards, decks, patios, and porches almost as additional rooms to decorate and enjoy. With this change of perspective, the casual furnishings industry has stepped up to the plate and developed the technology to improve a wide variety of materials so that they are not only suitable for outdoor use, but so that the consumer can in essence bring the indoors out with remarkably improved aesthetics and comfort.
Also with this shift of how outdoor living space is utilized, manufacturers like Gloster and Kingsley-Bate still produce all weather furniture in collections, but less and less with the intention of the consumer purchasing all of their outdoor furniture from that one collection. More often it is expected that today’s casual furnishings consumer will purchase items with the intention of mixing materials and looks, just as they would do in their home’s interior.