May, 2021 – Summer is almost here and if you haven’t so far, it is time to start rejuvenating your outdoor living spaces.
Shopping for outdoor furniture is much different than indoor furniture. Here are 4 rules to help you create the best outdoor space for your lifestyle, aesthetic, and budget.
Consider your Climate
The first thing to do while starting your outdoor furniture search is to consider the climate you live in. Do you experience extremes of weather or milder shifts? Will you have to stow your outdoor furniture away for the winter or will it be alright leaving it outdoors year-round? Does your city face potential natural disasters, like hurricanes or blizzards?
Once you’ve answered these questions, you can choose between –
a. outdoor Teak furniture that will stay put even when winds pick up, or
b. lighter wicker or rattan furniture that you can store indoors during extreme weather
Furniture in different climates also requires different maintenance. For example, homeowners in humid climates will have a different set of considerations than those in dry climates. Prepare for all those factors before you zero in on your outdoor furniture.
Bring your Interiors Outdoors
Your outdoor furniture should reflect your personal style and complement your interior design.
Tie in the style of your interiors with the outdoor by adding decorative elements in the same theme, for example, planters, patterned or colored outdoor cushions, garden stools, umbrellas, fireplaces and lanterns.
These details add to the overall look of your outdoor space as well as keep it within the big picture of your home’s style.
Plan the Space First
You need to plan for the precise dimensions and spatial landmarks, like a pool or a big tree. You’ll also need to plan for creating lounging, dining and/or entertaining areas. These plans will vary based on whether you’re working with a patio, a deck or porch, a covered space, or a yard.
Ask yourself questions like –
• Do I want a bar as well as a dining table?
• Do I need things like a bbq grill, herb garden, or outdoor storage?
• How many people am I going to have at any given point in time?
• How can I ensure safety around the pool, fire pit, or grill?
• Do I need sun protection with patio umbrellas?
• Would I like to invite the birds and install a bird feeder?
• Do I want a rustic look with a fire bowl or a modern one with a fireplace?
Know the Different Furniture Types and Materials
Before you set out to shop for any outdoor furniture, find out about the different types and styles. Outdoor furniture is so much more than buying some lawn chairs! For example, you can choose seating options from chaise lounges, sectionals, outdoor dining chairs, benches, patio dining sets, Adirondack chairs, and ottomans.
Since outdoor furniture is exposed to the weather, you need to choose furniture and accessories that are durable and low maintenance.
Outdoor-friendly materials include teak, all-weather wicker, and rattan. Teak is a superior choice for outdoor furniture for it is not only durable but it also weathers beautifully with a lovely silver patina as it ages.
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