Your outdoor space is as much a part of your home as the interior and should be treated accordingly. Give your patio the credit it deserves and don’t skimp on your outdoor furniture. Go for a vibrant and comfortable arrangement that breathes new life into your home.
Not sure how to get started? Here are six tips for choosing the right patio furniture for your home:
Create a Theme
What do you really want to create in your backyard? A hangout area for the kids will look totally different than an upscale entertainment area for evening cocktails. Choose a theme that is casual enough for a barbecue but cozy enough to enjoy a romantic evening under the stars. Clip photos or start a Pinterest board to use as inspiration before you head out to purchase your new patio furniture.
Look for Furniture
Start your outdoor makeover by choosing durable, high-quality patio furniture. Look for everything from outdoor dining tables to patio umbrellas to create a relaxing space that easily transforms into an area for entertaining. Set your budget and work down your list to incorporate all the must-haves, from a luxurious chaise lounge to a portable outdoor drink cart.
Pick a Location
Take some rough measurements of your patio to decide where you’re going to place your patio furniture. Consider leaving an area open to keep your patio space flexible. For example, that empty spot may be perfect for a kiddie pool in the summer and art projects in the fall. Meanwhile, dedicate the other end of your patio to a gathering area for friends and family with enough patio furniture to accommodate everyone on your list.
Choose the Right Finish
The finish of your patio furniture can make or break your new look. Choose something that’s durable and won’t rust or fade in inclement weather. Don't think that your only choices are wicker or wrought iron, though. Today's patio furniture can be colorful and comfortable without compromising your theme and quality. Think of your new outdoor furniture as an extension of your home that complements your indoor furniture. Use the finish to create a cohesive look for your home from the inside out.
Go for Flexibility
Think about how you want to transform different parts of your patio or backyard from season to season. A big, summer bash may require additional patio chairs, outdoor umbrellas and tables that can be easily tucked into a shed when not in use. Meanwhile, keep your day-to-day patio theme uncluttered and cozy with just the essential pieces you need. Opting for flexibility gives you the opportunity to mix and match your look depending on the theme, occasion and style for the season.
Create an Outdoor Oasis
Think about the little details that add style and creativity to your patio. Arrange seasonal flowers in stylish pots near outdoor tables and use colorful patio cushions to bring life to your backyard. An outdoor tiki bar and entertainment system can transform your patio into your favorite room in the house. All that’s left to do is sink into your new patio furniture and enjoy the evening breeze.