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Using Patio Furniture in Landscape Design


This month is part 1 of our 6-part series to help you create the perfect patio living space for you to enjoy year-round.

When incorporating a patio area into your landscape design, just like any other area, you need to consider the style or kind of design your backyard or garden area has, or will have when you're done.

Part 1: Using Patio Furniture In A Landscape

It sound simple, but choosing furniture, whether indoors or out, can be hard because there are so many criteria such as: materials, style. comfort, and space.

When choosing a style of patio furniture, make sure it matches the materials of your landscape and your home. For example patio furniture comes in different materials such as:

Metal
Wood
Bamboo
Wicker
Aluminum
Concrete
Cast Iron
Wrought-Iron
Plastic

And it comes in different layouts such as:

Benches
Chairs
Tables
Patio Dining Sets
Sectionals
Bar Tables
Chaise Lounges
Porch Swings
Hammocks

And finally outdoor furniture comes in different styles such as:

French
Italian
Modern
Contemporary
Painted
Custom

Five Key Tips To Help You Choose

So which combination of the above would best suit your backyard or patio area? Here are five key tips on how to do just that!

1. Make It An Extension of Your Home

The whole idea here is to make your backyard an extension of your home with outdoor furniture. You, your friends and family will be much more inclined to go outside and relax if there is a comfortable outdoor living area.

2. Use Your Space Wisely

When choosing your outdoor furniture take into account your space. It's important to buy furniture that's appropriate for your backyard.

Smaller spaces should not be over crowded with large dining sets. If you have a large area and you entertain often then a dining set and bar would be a fun choice.

Hammocks are great for children and lounge chairs are a necessity for lying by the pool.

3. Is It Comfortable?

Another important thing to consider is comfort. Is comfort important to you? If it is, then it is important to buy furniture with cushions, chairs that swivel, gliding chaise lounges, etc.

4. Match Your Style

Another consideration is what does your house and yard look like? Outdoor furniture should reflect the style of your house. Do you live in an old colonial style home or a more modern home?

Wrought iron furniture is great for older homes while a modern home may look better with a more architecturally unique or aesthetically interesting piece.

5. Don't Forget Color!

What is the color scheme of your house and landscape? Do you like more natural earth tones, or do you like more attention getting colors such as red or yellow?

If you do prefer a more natural furniture piece made out of wood, then add in some colorful throw pillows or cushions to give you an effective splash of color here and there.

Also keep mind that with color you can pick up existing colors in your landscape to help tie the furniture to everything else, making it look as though it all belongs together for an aesthetically pleasing whole.

Enjoy Your Patio!

Many homeowners spend countless amounts of time and money building and designing a beautiful backyard but tend to enjoy it from the windows of their home!

Outdoor patio furniture, when chosen correctly, allows you to enjoy your backyard, relax after a hard day, or watch the sunset.

 








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