Editor’s Picks: The Best White Outdoor Furniture
Senior editor Morgan Michener shares her top picks for patio furniture.
“Don’t wear white after Labor Day” — that old fashion rule is long gone! As are the rules that dictate how we “should” design our outdoor spaces. These days, we’re unafraid to set out gorgeous pieces we truly love, since there are lots of easy-to-care-for furnishings on the market (which just need a quick wipe-down every so often) and outdoor fabrics that offer soft seating and weather resistance. And while there’s no end to the colors and patterns in stores now, lately I’ve been drawn to all things fresh and white. After all, white is that super-chic non-color that goes with everything. This spring, try it on for size in your own backyard.
This clever piece includes a built-in table and two seats, and is a great option for those who like to entertain outdoors. Weathered grey planks lend interest to its white frame, and give the “bench” a clean, nautical look.
This plant stand is one of Ikea’s seasonal pieces, and can live indoors or out (just apply a quick spray of lacquer to the wood for added weather protection). I’d use it as a super-stylish console outside, and then bring it inside when the weather started to chill.
These outdoor chairs are the perfect addition to this covered dining area. Made of a durable outdoor woven material on an aluminum frame, they’ll hold up to wet bathing suits and bad weather equally well.
The Muskoka chair, the Adirondack, the Cape Cod — whatever you call this style of chair, you’ll agree that it’s a classic. And when it’s already painted a clean shade of white and folds for easy storage? Bonus!
I love the tight weave of this small dining table; it feels well-made and looks well-designed. It’s an ideal piece for small-space dining, but I also think it would be fun used as an end or occasional table.
I bought six of these Fermob chairs, and the matching table, over 10 years ago. They’re a design classic for any deck or patio. Plus, they fold and store beautifully, so they’re perfect for any extra seating you may need outside.
For a fun alternative to a classic porch swing, try hanging one of these rattan chairs from Serena & Lily. I love their ’60s vibe and Scandinavian look.
Or, if you’re a tad more trad, go for a classic model with clean lines and cottagey charm. Add potted geraniums to complete the look (red ones, of course!).
Pretty rounded corners, posh legs and comfortable cushions… what’s not to love about the luxe white Connexion Collection from Brown Jordan? (A girl can dream, right?)