If you aren’t fully taking advantage of your beautiful patio and deck, the problem might be your lack of patio furnishings and decor that make the space comfortable and inviting. Get ready to shop for a few new items to transform your outdoor space into a usable, functional and attractive part of your home.
1. Establish a design goal and evaluate your needs
First, you must consider the purpose of your outdoor space. Do you plan to entertain friends and family with outdoor meals and cocktail parties? Then perhaps you need an outdoor dining table with umbrella or awning that accommodates many. Do you want a quiet spot in which you can curl up with a good book? You might enjoy a cozy patio chair or even a comfy hammock. The way that you plan to use a space should guide your decisions when selecting the right furnishings.
2. Consider your home’s decor style
Take a look at the style of your home. Ultra-modern patio furniture might clash with a very traditional looking home, just as heavy, conservative-style patio furniture would look clunky against a more modern exterior. You should also take note of your own personal tastes and the way in which you’ve decorated the interior of your home. Consider using some of those same colors and textures from the inside for your patio space — it will feel like a natural extension to your home.
3. Choose durable and attractive furniture materials
Outdoor furnishings and decor are constantly subjected to the elements. Therefore, you should take extra care in choosing furniture that is made from materials that can withstand the forces of wind, rain and snow. Wood furniture should be treated to be water-resistant, or opt for natural woods like teak that hold up well against moisture. Metal furniture should also be protected against rust. Always make sure the furniture is solid and heavy enough that you don’t need to chain it down, especially if you live in a hurricane-prone area.
4. Shop smart: quality vs. cost
While it’s tempting to go out and buy all of your patio furnishings at once, take time to shop around at a variety of stores so you can find the best deal. In some cases, matching sets are offered at deep discounts, but don’t rule out buying items second-hand and creating your own unique collection of outdoor furnishings. Don’t be afraid to mix different materials such as wood and metal; you can use cushions and throw pillows to create a more unified look.
5. Don’t overlook the details: accents that add ambiance
Once you’ve purchased the larger items, like tables, loungers and chairs, take time to add in a few accent pieces that will make your outdoor space feel complete. String lights, lanterns and torches are all good ways to light your outdoor space so that you can use it at night. Potted plants, arbors planted with vines and water features such as small fountains also add a lot of character.
About the Author: Patti writes for www.patioshoppers.com, the leader in patio goods.