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A Quick Guide to Outdoor Patio Designs

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Outdoor & Patio Furniture Design IdeasA Quick Guide to Outdoor Patio Designs

Outdoor Pillow Storage Box South Beach

When it comes to outdoor patio design, choosing your patio furniture for outside is just as important as choosing it for inside. It is essential to be selective with your purchases, so following some basic guidelines for the perfect outdoor patio design is often the best place to start.

Firstly, you need to take the space into consideration.  How large is the patio area you have to work with? Think of what patio furniture you desperately want or need, and buy suitably sized pieces. It is better to be left with enough remaining room to move around easily. If the space is of a smaller scale, consider storage. The South Beach AWW Pillow Storage designed by Alfresco Home is a good example of this.

The next factor to take into account is the purpose of the outside patio design area. Whether it is for entertaining, the children to play in or just to sit out and relax in, you need to buy your furniture accordingly.

3 pc outdoor bistro set with glass topThe following step is to decide what style to incorporate. If you want to create the essence of a dreamy Parisian café, then opt for something like the Mississippi Antique Outdoor Bistro Set by Oakland Living. Wrought iron furniture exudes elegance, and comes in both traditional and modern designs.

For people who have comfort in mind, Home Styles Furniture Cabana Banana Outdoor Chair & Ottoman Two Piece Set would be the ultimate in luxury. It comes with a chair and ottoman, so you can unwind at the end of a long day with your feet up! It brings a whole new meaning to being outside. This particular piece of furniture has a solid hardwood frame, which makes for a very resilient and low maintenance purchase.outdoor patio chair and ottoman
Of course your budget will affect what material of furniture you can shop for. Plastic and artificial wood are the less expensive options, whereas a real wood such as cedar is a lot more costly. There are several materials to choose from. Wicker inspires a homely theme, and is both lightweight and easy to clean. Aluminium, on the other hand, has a more modern appearance and resists deterioration well.

Tuscan Style Mission Square Fire PitNowadays, outdoor design doesn’t just stop at the patio furniture. There is a magnitude of possibilities when it comes to this exterior space. Imagine sitting out in the evening comforted by the warm glow of a fire pit. Fire Sense has designed a Tuscan Tile Mission Style Square Fire Pit, which is ideal for a cosy night in the garden.

Consider incorporating other sensual features. Beautiful flowers are effective visually, but also create a wonderful aroma. The harmonious sound of a wind chime will create a soothing atmosphere, dissolving any stress and anxiety. Water features, such as the Alfresco Home Giara Floor Water Fountain, instigate serenity and calmness.alfresco home outdoor floor water fountain

But in the end, when you determine the function, style and design, try and keep quality in mind. Outdoor furniture must sustain the elements, and in the long run you will save money by not having to replace it so often. Just use your imagination, and put as much effort into your outdoor design as you would into your interior decorating.

Happy Outdoor Patio Decorating! Send me a picture of your patio design

Nicolette

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