outdoor furniture

Creating inviting outdoor living spaces

Well-tailored outdoor spaces are necessary in any warm climate where the back yard becomes additional living space. It is a place to relax, eat al fresco, watch a little television and enjoy cooking out.  As spring morphs into summer, it is time to think about refreshing or decorating outdoor spaces. Creating inviting outdoor living spaces is simple with the right approach.  Whether the lanai is enclosed or left open to the elements, here are a few tips that will have the space looking stylish and welcoming.

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Generate Ideas

Jot down a few ideas on the function of the outdoor space. Decide what activities the space will serve. Will it be for outdoor dining, lounging by the pool, or both?  Understanding the purpose the space will serve guides the furniture purchases. If lounging is the primary activity, do not spend time looking for the best outdoor dining set. Focus instead on the seating.

Try It Out

Today’s outdoor furniture selection has grown beyond the Adirondack chair and the old fold out lawn chair. More stylish and sturdier options are widely available, from complete outdoor living room sets, to adorable bistro dining sets. Before purchasing patio furniture, try it out. Sit in the love seat and chairs to see if it is comfortable. If it is, it is more likely to get regular use. Nothing hard and uncomfortable will be worth the money.

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Low Maintenance

Do not waste time with pieces requiring a lot of upkeep. Opt instead for easy low maintenance materials that can take whatever Mother Nature tosses their way.  Look for teak, wicker, cedar, metals and composite plastics. These will stand up to summer rains and hot sun for years to come.

Embrace Color

In today’s market place, the color choices are not limited to beige, white, gray or black. Finishes are available in a wide range of colors. One thing to consider, is keeping the vibrant, trendy colors to the seat cushions and rugs so as not to date the main pieces.

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Invest Wisely

These pieces may need to last more than a few years and investing in quality pieces will help them to last. Cheap is not always better, in most cases cheap is cheap. It is better to spend wisely on pieces that will last, rather than on pieces that will break or rust over time.  Plastic resin chairs and tables are affordable, but over time, the plastic breaks down and cracks.

 Accessories

Round out the space with outdoor window treatments, rugs, decorative lighting, and tiki torches to add a little personality to the space.  Each accessory adds an extra bit of interest and keeps the space from appearing flat.  Outdoor rugs keep your feet comfortable and safe from the rough feel of concrete. They also offer a great opportunity for a splash of color while tying the space together.  Window treatments keep the sun out and keep the space a bit cool.  Plant a variety of flowers to add color and texture to the room. Hang paper lanterns for a festive vibe and keep the bugs away with citronella votive candles.

Turn any drab out door space into an inviting space the neighbors will be jealous of with these easy tips.

Inviting outdoor spaces

As spring morphs into summer, it is time to think about refreshing or decorating outdoor spaces. Outdoor spaces can be inviting and restful places to kick back and enjoy the great outdoors just beyond your living room.  Whether your lanai is enclosed or left open to the elements and critters, here are a few tips that will have your space looking stylish and welcoming.

Furniture

Before you pick furniture, ask yourself what activities the space will serve. Will you eat dinner out there, just relax with a book, or use it for a combination of things.  Once you have an idea what you will use the space for, take measurements so know exactly what room you have for furniture. The more space you have available the more likely you can set up a couple of areas, one for eating and one for conversation.

Today’s outdoor furniture selection has grown beyond the Adirondack chair and the old fold out lawn chair. More stylish and sturdier options are widely available, from complete outdoor living room sets, to adorable bistro dining sets.  As with any design scheme make sure the pieces you select are to scale. In other words, if you have a small space you will want to use small-scaled furniture. A large space allows for larger scaled items.

I love the use the weather worn teak, and bright colored pillows. The wicker coffee table is amazing too. It’s all perfectly designed to scale and gives you several seating options.

Accessories

You can purchase outdoor window treatments, rugs, decorative lighting, and tiki torches to add a little personality to your outdoor living.  Each accessory just adds that extra bit of interest and keeps the room from appearing flat. To combine lighting with a bug repellent try hanging a few candle lanterns scented with bergamot or citronella.

Outdoor rugs keep your feet comfortable and safe from the rough feel of concrete. They also offer a great opportunity for a splash of color. Personally, I adore the wide colorful selection of striped cotton rugs at Dash and Albert.

Who wouldn’t want to dine here with friends?

Fireplaces
The fireplace has moved out of the living room and onto the back deck.  Whether it’s a small round fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows or a large scale fireplace sitting prominently in the outdoor living room. Both varieties offer warmth on chilly evenings. The smoke may even keep the skeeters away.