The boxes are unpacked, and the pictures are on the wall. You can finally relax. But wait! Warmer weather is here, and it is time to get your outdoor living space ready for the next few months. After dedicating yourself to choosing all of the right accessories for the inside of your new home, it is time to go shopping for your deck or patio. But how do you know what outdoor furniture will offer the kind of style and comfort you crave? Here are some tips from the design crew at Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling.
Set the Tone & Style
Creating the kind of outdoor living space that looks and feels inviting requires setting a certain tone. Do you want a place to escape to? Then you will likely want to go with bulkier furniture that elicits curling up with a good book. After a more sophisticated style? Then think about metal furniture that offers cleaner, crisper lines. When trying to create a style for the area consider these important factors:
- The shape and size of the furniture: wooden furniture offers a more rustic flare, while wicker seems more romantic, and aluminum offers a modern vibe. Size is also important. You don’t want the furniture to overpower the area, so be sure the size fits the space.
- The colors and fabrics: if you are trying to create a garden party feel to the space, then don’t be shy about using a vibrant color pallet. A more rustic tone will require more neutral hues. Fabrics should also complement the style you are after.
Watch the Weather
When choosing the right outdoor furniture for your new home, be sure to consider the weather conditions in the area where you live. Wood tends to splinter in hot humid areas and wicker can’t withstand a lot of rain and moisture. Live in a windy area? Forget aluminum; it tends to fly away in strong winds.
Also, be sure that your furniture and accessories are water repellent and can withstand the harsh sun. Otherwise, you may find yourself replacing it all in a season or two.
You want to create an outdoor retreat to relax and have fun. Be sure that your furniture entices guests to sit for a while (and you too!). Stretch out and give pieces a try in the showroom before buying. That way you’ll know if it is the right fit and offers the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors.
Think About Winter Storage
You have fallen in love with that large outdoor sectional, but what will you do with it when the weather turns cold and nasty? Covers can only provide so much protection and sometimes it is necessary to bring that outdoor furniture inside during the harshest storms. Ask yourself if you have the space to store those pieces during the winter. If not, consider purchasing more flexible items that can be folded or left outside.
The Cost Factor
Cost should always be a consideration when shopping for new outdoor furniture. Always set a budget before hitting those showrooms or online catalogs.
Ready to create an outdoor space no one can resists? Call the design experts at Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling for ideas on creating a new deck or patio to enjoy this summer.