Letting the Outdoors In: An Upcoming Trend Prediction

Letting the Outdoors In: An Upcoming Trend Prediction

Carolyn Purnell
May 4, 2015

Trends come and trends go, and it's always entertaining to try to see what emerges as the dust of that which was previously in vogue settles. We've seen a lot of industrial, MCM, and new bohemian looks in the last few years, so what's new on the horizon? Based on what I've been seeing lately, I think it may be time to let the sunshine in….

The inspiration for this post comes from Raina from If the Lampshade Fits, who has predicted that American Colonial style might be the next big thing. Her evidence is compelling, but here's another trend from the past that I think may be on the rise again: something I'm calling "Sunroom Chic."

It's not new advice to think about "bringing the outside in" by means of plants, flowers, and open windows, but the Sunroom Chic style literally brings furniture and styles that we tend to associate with outdoor spaces into the home. Wire seating, cane chairs, trellis designs, and plenty of wicker and rattan (though not necessarily in the 1970s shapes that we've been seeing with the new bohemian style) are characteristic of this style. Garden lanterns come inside, and plants are a must.

Patio furniture's certainly not new, but I feel like we're increasingly seeing it featured in indoor contexts–and not just sunrooms!–much like it was in the 1950s and 60s.

The style can veer more toward the atomic age look, like it did in the 1950s (above), or it can skew more ornamental, like it did in the 1960s (below), but in either incarnation, it's all about bringing the garden indoors.

While comfort is not always the first consideration with Sunroom Chic, this style does fit with the modern appreciation for mobile and multifunctional pieces, the passion for organic materials and green space, and the need for visually lighter pieces in small, urban spaces.

As you can see in many of the foregoing images, Sunroom Chic pieces probably won't replace your lounging furniture, like a sofa or comfortable armchair, but they can be used to great effect for occasional seating, entertaining, or a more flexible floor plan. Often, these pieces are an accent to the other furniture rather than being the main feature.

Here are some updated versions of this look:

1. Sydney home featured on Remodelista
2. Weekday Carnival
3. Wire chairs in the living room of sfgirlbybay
4. Lycabettus Penthouse by esé Studio via Freshome
5. Jennifer Nicholson via Quinn Cooper Style

1. Klikk.no
2. Bistro chairs and farmhouse style via Dreamy Whites
3. Dining room featuring outdoor chairs via Flor

And here are some products that channel the style:

1. IKEA's Nipprig collection
2. Plum and Bow Wire Loop Vanity, Urban Outfitters, $159 (chair, $79)
3. Villatte Dining Table, Anthropologie, $1,498
4. Lounge Chair, Yeah! Furniture, $1500
5. Carag 3-Piece Sling Chair Chat Set, Target, $186

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