Creating your outdoor space can be fun and exciting, especially thanks to the new technology and indoor-outdoor trend. The perfect outdoor furniture offers so much more than just functionality and can really transform your outdoor area into an oasis. With so many options available, we thought we’d highlight a few of the most important factors. Shop the look at Creative Living.
What You Want
When decorating your outdoor space, you first need to consider what it is you want to create. Do you want a cosy dining area or a spot to relax? What about an outdoor bar? Perhaps a fire pit and some cushioned benches? Deciding what you want to create is the foundation of a beautiful and inspired outdoor area.
Let’s be honest, you can dream of elaborate outdoor areas but sometimes the budget just won’t allow it. Looking at what you can and can’t afford is vital to avoid disappointment and a lot of wasted time. You can create stunning outdoor spaces on a limited budget by buying one or two statement pieces and then blinging it up with cheaper accessories.
Along with looking at what you’d like and can afford, you also need to look at how much space you have to work with. It doesn’t help if you want a large lounge set when your patio will only allow for a cosy loveseat. Likewise if you only have a small balcony, you won’t be buying an eight-seater dining set. Assessing the size of your space is an important second step to setting up and will allow you to be realistic about what you can and can’t do.
All About Style
Now that you’ve looked at what you’d like and what the size of your outdoor space will allow, it’s time to think of what kind of feel you’d like. Do you want minimalist and chic or cosy boho? Do you love filigree details or do you prefer straight edges and simple designs? This bit is loads of fun as you can let your imagination dream up exactly what you’d like your new outdoor space to look like.
A Rainbow of Colours
Once you know what your overall style will be, you can have some fun playing around with colours – maybe you want a vibrant outdoor space with daffodil yellow and ocean blue, or a warm burgundy with touches of gold. Maybe monochrome is more your thing – white and black, or earthy browns and cream. This is another one for your imagination to play with.
This one is important for outdoor furniture as you need items which will last and withstand all kinds of weather conditions. Some woods, such as teak, weather beautifully, whilst other materials can rust or rot and may need replacing fairly quickly. Look for powder coated aluminium, durable and/or treated woods, synthetic wicker or rattan and weather-proof fabrics. You don’t want your new space to become a maintenance nightmare. Do some research and see what outdoor furniture is available to create the style you want.
Those are the basic steps to finding the perfect outdoor furniture. Whatever your vision, we hope that these basics will allow you plenty of fun in creating your dream outdoor space.
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