Some traditional styles of outdoor furniture include Adirondack chairs, woven wicker seating and wrought iron garden furniture. Simple wooden porch swings are also appropriate furnishings on traditional porches or verandas.
Wicker outdoor furniture became popular during the Victorian era. This lightweight furniture is inexpensive and easy to paint. Originally, hand-woven wicker chairs often featured complex, highly ornamental designs on their seat backs. Wicker furniture pieces were commonplace in the South and in tropical colonial settings where year-round outdoor entertaining was feasible.
Thomas Lee designed Adirondack chairs in 1903 while vacationing in the Adirondack Mountains. The simple wooden chairs feature backs constructed of upright pieces of lumber. The comfortable chairs include wide, supportive arms. Originally called Westport chairs, Adirondack chairs remain popular in 2015, and manufacturers often make them from hard plastic.