I’ve always thought that having an outdoor space is a wonderful opportunity to take design out of the box. Whether you’re the lucky owner of a large yard, a deck, or a patio, you can transform your outdoor area into a beautiful extension of your home. And the right combination of furniture pieces is key to establishing an inviting ambience that offers plenty of potential for dining, entertaining, and casually lounging under the sun. If you need a little inspiration and guidance on outfitting your outside area with functional and beautiful furniture, check out the following tips.
Invest in Quality
The biggest problem with outdoor furnishings is that they will be exposed to the elements 24/7. Taking this into account, it’s of great importance to choose sturdy pieces that will be able to withstand the forces of nature – from heavy rains to the harsh UV rays. Whether you’re purchasing outdoor furniture online or from a local store, narrow down your choices to quality, outdoor-friendly materials, like for instance, teak, marble, and rattan. These might be more expensive initially, but at least they will have your outdoor space set for years to come.
Create a Welcoming Lounge Area
When it comes to comfort, the best tip is to think of your outdoor space as you would of your indoor living room furniture. This means including great lounge seating in the form of outdoor chairs, sofas, benches, or even sun loungers. Tie it all together with a table in the middle – place it within reach of each seat for quick access to drinks or snacks but with a good amount of space to easily walk around the furniture. When searching for outdoor furniture online or at a brick-and-mortar store, look for a table that will be large enough to accommodate the whole family (plus a few guests). To ensure the utmost comfort, upgrade your seating with cosy, outdoor pillows in stylish designs for a decorative touch to your outdoor space.
Use a Variety of Colours and Patterns
Since the decking material, walkways, fencing, and other exterior elements tend to be neutral, bringing in some punch of colour can really uplift the spirits of the space. One way to do so is by trading in the tan and brown seating cushions for designs with eye-catching colours and patterns, and adding fun quilts to a bench. You can also include some stylish and colourful umbrellas that will make an even more noticeable impact. Just remember, a tasteful palette of only a few colours will make the space seem more relaxing, whereas too many coloured influences can easily overwhelm it.