Looks can be deceiving, but in a good way. Take outdoor furniture. Plush swivel chairs, which you would expect to see indoors, can be spied gracing patios, and it’s hard to believe they won’t be ruined when it rains. But never fear: These swivel chairs are made to withstand the elements.

Or that rustic wooden table in an outdoor room that you’ve been admiring, which turns out to be made of … concrete.

Speaking of wood -- real wood -- sofas and chairs with weathered teak finishes can be found in many backyards these days.

For more on popular, eye-catching outdoor furniture, check out this slide show.

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