Ask one of the most knowledgeable people in the area about what one of the hottest outdoor furniture trends for the 2015 season is, and she quickly rattles off one word: "Color!"
Teresa Richardson, a local furniture store manager, points to color and other ideas when you want to amp up your outdoor living spaces.
Last year's season was highlighted by neutrals, she said. This year, outdoor furniture frames continue to be the neutrals of black, silver, white or brown, but they are punched up with turquoises and oranges on their cushions and pillows.
For the most durable outdoor furnishings, head to cast aluminum, she said. "Make sure there are as few screw holes as possible – consider your details."
Resin furniture also is worth consideration, depending on the look you're going for, Richardson pointed out. Resin materials can create a wicker-like style without natural wicker's wear and fragility.
In terms of furniture pieces, high-top tables accompanied by complementary seating is the latest thing. Rather than regular conversation or dining height, high-top tables are 36 inches tall and stand at counter height. Bar stools may be used instead of regular chairs.
One of the "hottest" trends is the dining table with a built-in firepit. "This is very popular. It sets a cozy, yet glamorous tone whether you are entertaining friends or relaxing with your family."
Three-cushion "conversational" sofas are relatively new, and involve seating that is curved or angled so those conversing may do so conveniently, Richardson said.
"You don't have to strain your neck or turn your head to talk to someone."
Measuring your space is the first step in furnishing your outdoor space, she advised. Then know how you want the space to function, whether for conversation or dining. Then choose your colors and get the fun going.
Find more outdoor furniture trends on the Morris Home Furnishings blog.