Personalizing your patio is the exciting part of having a backyard. You get a chance to enjoy a cozy outdoor living space, allowing you to extend the unique style and personality of your home to the outside. If you’re like us, you’re dreaming of warmer weather and how you’re going to spruce up your outdoor paradise…we have some tips to help guide you!
Choosing Coastal Furniture for Your Outdoor Space
1. Define Your Space
By defining how you’ll use your outdoor space, you can more easily create a list of furnishings you’ll need to fill it in exactly how you envision. Will it be an extension of your indoor living space with sofas and chairs or will you utilize it for dining al fresco? Will you entertain guests or simply use it for relaxation? Perhaps you have space to create several vignettes so you can have a variety of spaces to enjoy. Defining your space is an important first step to creating your outdoor paradise!
Pro Tip: Indoor/Outdoor rugs can help define a space.
2. Make a Wish List
What are your must-haves and nice-to-haves? Before hitting the stores or internet in search of your outdoor coastal furnishings, you’ll want to have a tiered wish list. Having a wish list keeps you grounded and guides you to select pieces that match your style and assure maximum comfort for your family. Be sure to pre-measure before selecting your final pieces so you can ensure your new furnishings both fit the space and fit together.
3. Choose Easy Care
Even if you live in a part of the country with mild weather, your furnishings will still be subjected to the elements. As such, you’ll want to choose materials that can withstand temperature fluctuations, moisture changes and are easy to clean. Some materials to consider are rattan, wood, wicker, and recycled plastic.
Select fabrics that are conducive to your lifestyle and require a short routine of keeping the debris and dirt off furniture. You may also purchase outdoor furniture cover to help prolong the life of your investment.
Pro Tip: Find outdoor pillows that are not only durable but stylish, too! Easy to spot clean.
4. Go Dual-Purpose
Of course, you want your outdoor space to be cozy and airy with ample space for plants and other accessories to liven up your garden. Therefore, you may consider investing in dual-purpose furnishings to help with the flow and flexibility of the space. Modular sectionals, plant stands that can act as side tables in a pinch, benches for seating or storage, and ottomans for extra seating are all dual-purpose pieces.
5. Go for Quality
As with any coastal furniture, you’ll want to buy the absolute best you can afford. Higher quality furnishings not only last longer, but they will also better retain their shape and color. Before making a purchase, research the materials, manufacturers, their processes and warranty information. Be sure to also look out for customer reviews.
6. Consider How You’ll Store Your Outdoor Furniture
To increase its lifespan, store it in a protected area, e.g. basement or garage when not in use. If you have limited storage space, look for furniture that folds easily and can be taken apart for compact storage.
If storage is not an option go for items that can be easily maintained. Finish cleaners, covers, and protectants will also aid in keeping your furniture beautiful years to come.
7. Create Your Dream Backyard or Patio
Choosing the right outdoor furniture may require a little more effort than indoor furniture. Don’t forget to coordinate your colors, consider style and size too when buying pieces for your outdoor paradise.
You can have your outdoor paradise created in no time with a little planning. We hope our tips have helped.
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