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How to Find the Perfect Outdoor Furniture for Your Home

Just as the interior of your homes needs a little TLC now and then to keep it looking nice and inviting, the exterior of your home also needs some attention. The outdoor areas of your home, like the deck and patio, are extensions of your home and can be seen as outdoor rooms that need to be decorated and furnished appropriately. The best outdoor furniture is just waiting to be discovered!

Function and Purpose

The first thing you need to do to design your outdoor room is to consider the most important factor- what you want to use the area for. Will it be to entertain guests, a place for family gatherings, a relaxing escape for you and your partner, or a place to hold parties for the kids? Determine what you want to use the space for and then you can begin to pan what furniture pieces you need and what layout will work best. Create a list of the things you want to do in that space and then see what you can realistically work into that area, keeping the function and purpose in mind as you begin to plan.

 

Comfort, Style, Construction

When you begin your search for outdoor furniture you need to always be thinking about the comfort it can bring, the style that will fit the area, and what it is constructed from. A hammock can be a quick way to add some comfort and appeal to an out door porch. Wicker furniture with lots of soft inviting cushions can can be a comfortable place to spend the evenings as a family. Patio and deck furniture can be both stylish and comfortable if you know where to look and what to look for. Whatever you decide as far as comfort and style, make sure you remember that spending a little more money now will get you furniture that last for many years to come!

 

Quality is Key 

Quality means different things to different people, so be sure you are buying furniture as an investment and remember that quality over quantity is always preferred. Most homeowners who are looking at decorating their outdoor areas are looking for comfort and style that lasts, not just a quick and easy temporary solution. If you have kids or pets your furniture needs to be able to stand up the wear and tear. If you live in areas with lots of rain or snow or bad weather you will need to take steps to protect your furniture or to get furniture that is more resistant to weather changes.

 

Size and Shape

For designing and decorating your outdoor porch, deck, patio, or garden are, scale and proportion must be carefully considered, just as you would with an indoor room design project. Find the best pieces that fill your space without making it too crowded or without leaving it feeling sparse and empty. You need space but you also need furnishings that make the area come together. In some places one or two lager patio and deck furniture pieces may be best while in others several smaller pieces may be for fitting.

 

Color Schemes

As you decorate and design your outdoor area is it a chance to get artistic with color schemes and combinations. Outdoor furnishings come in all types of color palates and chances are you can find something to fit your decor plans, no matter what they may be!If you tend to change your decor to match the seasons then you may want to use neutral colors for the furniture and use your accessories as the color change pieces fro your seasonal decorating needs.

 

Dual Purpose Items 

Furniture can be much more than just something to sit on, and there are many amazing pieces that are designed to serve more than one purpose. Multi-functional pieces will help make life easier, give you unique pieces for your decor plans, and will free up space in your outdoor room. Ottomans are a wonderful example of this concept as they can be used as foot stools, tables for drinks and plates, and many new designs come with hidden storage inside.

Fire pit tables give a way to stay warm on cool nights and also can be used as a serving and dining table when the fire is not needed. You can also set up a cozy and relaxing bar alongside one of the windows of the house where food and drinks can be passed through the window to the outside area. Get creative with your design and your furnishings and see what you can come up with. 

It is easy to create a relaxing and elegant outdoor area that is a reflection of your home's unique style. What great pieces will be your focal point and what will you use in your outdoor space? The best outdoor furniture is waiting for you at First of A Kind with our outdoor decor options! You can also click on any of the images above to go directly to that product - we have them in stock!

Claudine Hanono

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