A Look Ahead – 2018 Outdoor Furniture Trends

Canvas Teak Dining Set

As summer winds down our patios prepare to hibernate. However, faded, flattened cushions, chipped
and worn patio furniture won’t improve over the winter. Looking ahead at 2018 Outdoor Colour & Trend
Forecasts, you can plan for next season in advance. Sunbrella Fabric Colour experts identified five outdoor furniture trends to consider: Makers, Transcend, New Traditions, Evolve & Touch.


Artistry meets industry. This trend values the relation of process with design. Products are authentic, created through intentional and emotional design with an eye towards detail while colour and texture merge to create a timeless atmosphere.



Just as athletics push physical and mental boundaries, transcend textile technology moves performance to the forefront, as textiles yield the ultimate elegance. Discover saturated and bold colours, grounded by bright whites and deep black, 3D effects, perforated surfaces, and surfaces with graphic silhouettes.


New Traditions

A whimsical twist and eclectic atmosphere add an element of surprise with unexpected colour, pattern, and material combinations. Examples include traditional menswear hues fused with hints of neon paired with soft, cosmetic colour to add femininity, and stainless steel, raw and finished wood surfaces.


Combining the art of science and the science of art, Evolve merges technology with inspiration from nature, pairing hand made with machine made techniques and unexpected hues and saturated colour like Indigo and Soot mixed with vibrant accents.


An ethereal atmosphere with a focus on sensory experience that yields delicate touches such as embroidery or fine laser cut effects. Soft and subtle colours are mixed with nurturing neutrals, while textures paired with organic geometrics and quilted effects. Raw wood, unfinished surfaces, rose gold, metal, brass, knits, rope, concrete and stone, complete the experience.

ARD Outdoor’s Richard Bockner says, “Selecting outdoor furniture in the fall is the most cost and time effective way to plan for next season. Summer months go fast, our clients entertain and travel, they want to know their outdoor furniture is current and ready to enjoy.” He adds, “For this reason, we carry the latest in high performance outdoor fabrics to meet the demands of designer’s, architects and discerning homeowners.”


Whichever outdoor furniture trends you choose, strive to cultivate an atmosphere of personal, stylish comfort. Browse ARD Outdoor collections to get started.