What's Trending in Outdoor Patios, According to Consumer Searches
Google searches for outdoor patio furniture surged to a record high in 2020, as people unexpectedly spent their summers at home.
Interest remains as high as ever this summer, according to the data out from June 2021.
As a homeowner, it's inspiring to see what other people are interested in — like fire pits, chaise lounges, wicker furniture and raised garden boxes.
Below, see what's trending in outdoor patios, according to the online search data, along with design advice and related tips from the Watson's experts.
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Our experts predict interest will surge again in September, as people look for ways to extend the outdoor season and continue to spend time outside even as temperatures drop.
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Wicker patio sets
Searches for teak patio sets has climbed in the last 18 months, but the trend favors wicker patio furniture.
In fact, interest has hit an all-time high for wicker outdoor furniture, according to both online search data and demand from Watson's customers.
One of the big benefits: Wicker tends to be lightweight, so these pieces are easier to move around and maintain.
Tip from the experts: When it comes to wicker, it’s best to go with synthetic rather than natural for outdoor settings. Natural wicker is plant-based, so it doesn’t hold up to the elements.
Patio color ideas
This is no surprise, that people are looking for ideas to add more color to their outdoor living space.
Our designers say bright colors or patterns are one of the best ways to freshen up your indoor or outdoor space, add energy and show off your personality.
Ultimate Gray is the official Pantone Color of the Year, but feel free to add any pop of color that suits your personal taste.
Tip from the experts: Vibrant throw pillows, an outdoor-friendly throw blanket or an outdoor rug can add a splash of color and provide a homey feeling to your patio. Sets often come with pillows, but you can always add more in a different print or a splash of color to customize or freshen up your outdoor space.
Consumer interest in chaise lounges spiked in April to more than double the interest last year, according to Google search data.
Interest surged again this June and remains high.
Chaise lounges are a stylish way way to add cozy comfort to your backyard.
Outdoor dining chairs
Searches for outdoor dining chairs and patio dining chairs surged again in 2021. Again, this is no surprise as people spent more time at home and less time traveling or eating out.
Tip from the experts: When you're setting up outdoor dining, think of it as extending your indoor style to the outdoors. Select pieces that mirror your current interior style, yet are designed to live up to the elements.
Interest in patio umbrellas more than doubled in 2020 and has remained high, according to Google search data.
Tip from the experts: An umbrella with a sturdy base keeps sun exposure optional, giving guests a cool space to relax while adding a layer of color from the umbrella itself. LED lights can be attached to the base for added visibility during evening hours.
Searches have more than doubled this year for garden boxes, raised garden bed and plant boxes for the garden.
Tip from the experts: A garden stool is a must have for gardeners who spend extended periods of time outside and need a place to sit or stand. It's also a great way to add a splash of color and style. Shop garden stools here.
Outdoor cushion covers
This isn't surprising: As more people invested in outdoor patio furniture, they wanted to make sure they take care of it.
If you pick the right winter patio cover, it will help you protect your investment so you can enjoy your patio furniture for years.
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