Introducing Nigel Barker’s Outdoor Furniture Collection

We love Nigel Barker’s style, including his two exclusive collections: NB1 and NB2. Now you can get his signature look outdoors, too, with the Nigel Baker Outdoor Collection. Take a look at his living and dining collections, and prepare for a chic summer.

“Your outdoor space should be a respite from the world—a place where you can relax and unplug. My NB2 backyard collection is designed to be that calm oasis. Pulling inspiration from my life, I’ve created timeless looks with minimalism at the heart. My hope is that you will recharge in style and enjoy time spent with friends and family.” –Nigel Barker

Three Hot Outdoor Furniture Trends for 2018

Things are heating up outdoors, and it’s not just the weather. Outdoor furniture is undergoing major transformations with new materials, colors and uses. Here are three trends to embrace before summer gets into full swing.

Indoor-Inspired Outdoor Furniture

The latest trend in outdoor furniture is pieces that look like they belong in your living room. Surprisingly they’re made for the outdoors with full upholstery and wooden-inspired legs, such as the Stannis Sectional. Yes, it’s outdoor furniture.

Seaside Colors

Look for feel of a casual retreat in color palettes with orange replacing red and all tones of blue. The result is the look of a seaside holiday spot where you relax, such as this Nautical Stripe Sofa paired with a ceramic Orange Garden Stool.

 

Fire Features

Firepits have been popular for a few years, but this summer they become even sleeker, added to bars, dining tables and cocktail tables, such as the Lakehouse Rectangular Firepit.

Outdoor Furniture that Can Be Used Indoors

Outdoor furniture that looks like it belong indoors is a big trend for summer. Advances in materials and fabrics have made it possible to have fully upholstered furniture that are sturdy enough to withstand the weather. Here are three collections that look as sleek and polished as their indoor counterparts to create beautiful rooms indoors or out.

The Gila Collection brings chicness and style to your patio or deck. We love its gorgeous profile with curved arms and clean lines. It’s perfect for comfortable lounging as well as upscale entertaining. And it’s built to weather the elements as well as spills.

The Otis Dining Table brings an industrial and rustic feel to your backyard barbecue. The solid Acacia base in a contemporary dark walnut stain contrasts with the epoxy and cement top, for a look that’s perfect outdoors or in.

The straight lines of the Fenton Collection feature a perfectly irregular open basket weave, adding interest and style to your patio or deck. Plush cushions are doubled up for an inviting feel. And the materials are made to withstand the elements and look beautiful for years to come.

Create an outdoor breakfast room or laidback dinner spot with the Coronado Dining Collection. The see-through basket-weave design makes a distinctive design statement, while the plush cushions add comfort and a sharp color contrast.

Look Alike Outdoor Seating

It’s almost time for entertaining outdoors, and your deck or patio is ready for a refresh. Today’s resin wicker furniture provides a stylish way to outfit your outside spaces.

These two armless chairs look sleek and sophisticated, but one costs more than three times the price of the other. One is the Ventura Umber Modular Armless Chair from Crate and Barrel, which sells for $688, and the other is the Dover Armless Chair from Art Van, which sells for $223.99.

The choice is easy. Click here to grab the better deal.

Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide

Spring is here and it’s time to bring out the patio furniture! Whether you’re in the market for a new dining or seating group or you simply want to add a piece or two to your green space, we have what you need in Art’s Backyard. Here are a few things to consider before you make your final decisions:

 

1. How do you plan to use your outdoor space? 

Are you looking to accommodate a lot of friends and family for regular barbecues? Do you reserve your deck for a quiet cup of morning coffee? Does your area get sun throughout the day? Or does your space benefit at times from the shade of trees or homes? The answers to these questions will help you determine what you need. If you prefer to keep things intimate, you might get more use out of a cozy bistro table instead of a larger dining set. If your house is party central, a sectional might be better than a pair of chaise chairs. And you’ll know if you should browse umbrellas that fit within a dining group or freestanding, mobile versions.

2. How much space do you have? 

If your patio or deck is large, you have an option of creating zones, such as dining or seating, with separate groupings for each. If your area is smaller, you might consider double-duty or smaller scale items, such as a firepit with a cover that can be used as a dining table or a pair of armless chairs that take up less room. Measure your space and bring the dimensions to our showroom. We can help you outfit your outdoor living area with the right furnishings and fit for you.

3. What kinds of materials are best for your lifestyle? 

From wicker to wood and aluminum to wrought iron, outdoor furniture comes in a wide variety of material choices. Choosing the right selection for your family will depend on a few criteria.

 

Do you like to customize your outdoor arrangements according to your event du jour? Aluminum furniture is your best bet. Lighter than wrought iron, aluminum provides the flexibility of easy mobility. But just because they’re lightweight doesn’t mean they’re less durable. Aluminum pieces are rust resistant and have powder-coat finishes to stand up to the elements. Clean with mild soap and water, and store indoors during winter.

 

Want to create an inviting outdoor room? Wicker is for you. These pieces create a cozy setting – something you’d normally find indoors – with deep seating and plush cushions. If you’re worried about the durability of wicker, rest easy; unlike wicker of the past, these pieces are made of resin, which last longer and don’t crack or splinter. Clean up is easy; spray it with water and use a mild soap solution. Bring indoors or cover during the winter.

 

Do you love the look of natural materials? Consider wood furnishings. A classic outdoor choice, wood grows more beautiful with time as it weathers from the sun and rain. Teak is the most popular wood option, and your investment will last for years. Of all of your outdoor furniture choices, wood does require the most maintenance; it comes with our care kit, which helps it resist stains and fading. Store indoors during the winter.