2016: DESIGN TRENDS FOR ULTIMATE OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES
What’s in. What’s out.
As the weather warms, it’s time to uncover the patio furniture, take the cushions out from storage, and ready the grill for burgers. Sometimes, though, once last season’s furniture makes its debut, it no longer looks to be in guest-ready shape and requires would-be entertainers to explore new outdoor seating options. They quickly discover, there are a lot of choices! So, too, do first time outdoor furniture shoppers, who often get overwhelmed by the materials, styles, and selections available. If you are in the market for new seating and eating options for your outdoor living space, read on for tips to help navigate through the sea of considerations.
Great outdoor furniture brings comfort and function to your deck or patio; it allows your indoor rooms to move outdoors. A weather-proof table and chairs, for instance, brings your dining room outside and relaxing rockers or Adirondack chairs create a living room that has a cover of blue sky for its ceiling. The first step in identifying the right furniture is to think about how you want to use your outdoor space. Do you want to eat meals on your deck, or relax by a fire on your patio? Will you entertain large groups of people or host smaller, more intimate gatherings? Answers to these questions will point you in the right direction for what to buy.
When you’re shopping for furniture, choose easy-care materials and pieces that compliment that look of feel of your landscape and home. There are many options.
Furniture made using these materials will look fresh for years. However, no matter how weather proof the furniture is, you’ll want to store it over the winter to expand its lifespan. Consider the room you have for storage before you make a purchase. Additionally, try before you buy – sit in the chairs and try putting the umbrella up and down a time or two. Make sure like the comfort and usability.
Ensuring Good Quality
When you’re shopping, don’t assume that price is the best indicator of quality. So how can you tell what good quality furniture looks like?
Outdoor living spaces, like their indoor counterparts, are greatly enhanced with varied colors, textures and accessories. Cushions and throw pillow provide wonderful comfort for lounging and encouraging guests to linger. Purchase products made especially for outdoor use so they will hold up well under the elements. Two popular material options are solution-dyed acrylic and spun polyester as they resist moisture, mildew and staining. Most fabrics designed for outdoor use will also resist fading. Cushions with vents for air circulation will dry more quickly after spring and summer showers. You can create an extra cozy lounging spot with the addition of a carpet, made for outdoor use. Personal style and preference reign supreme when selecting colors palates. Bright, colorful patterns will complement a Mediterranean-themed landscape and offer energy to a night on the patio and neutral, subdued tones will offer a relaxed, clean look.
Good outdoor furniture is an investment. Take the time to weigh the various materials and products available so you can enjoy the comfort and beauty of the outdoor rooms you create.
Photo Courtesy of Hoffman Landscapes, Wilton, CT