Tuesday, June 26, 2012

5 Tips for Creating Stylish Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor spaces can be just as attractive as indoor ones. Even the tiniest outdoor space can be made more inviting and usable, and why should you forget about style when heading outdoors? The principles are pretty much the same as for creating stylish indoor spaces.

Consider Scale
Know your outdoor space. Measure the area that you have so that you can buy furniture that fits and remember to leave plenty of room for moving around. Fortunately, today you can buy from a vast array of outdoor furniture, from low profile bistro seating to cushy couches. Fit the scale of your furniture to the scale of your outdoor space.

Consider Style
Make the style of your outdoor furniture compatible with the style of your outdoor space. In most cases you can continue using your indoors style and bring it outside as well.You can choose from wood, wrought iron, wicker, aluminum or mixed materials to furnish your outdoor space.

Have a Focal Point
Just as you need a focal point indoors to anchor a room, you will need one outdoors, too. Some furniture or accessories, such as an interesting piece of art, a fountain, a vibrant sofa, an artistic coffee table or a warm fire pit could provide the focal point. Your focal point could come from nature, too, such as a tree or a trellised vine.

Embrace Functionality
Choose furniture pieces that may perform more than one function to provide solutions to a challenging space. What do you need to have? For instance, a teak storage bench can double as a table, seat, cooler or storage space for cushions when it rains. A baker’s rack can be used to display potted plants or art pieces, store place mats or dishes, and create an interesting surface on a blank wall.

Seek Comfort and Durability
A high quality piece of furniture will be more comfortable and give you years of use. Think quality and buy the best that you can afford as it will last for many years, and you will save money by not having to replace it frequently. Make sure to check for comfort along with durability. Sit or recline in it the way you would at home before you buy any piece of furniture.

This Article was adapted from: http://furniture.about.com/od/outdoorfurniture/qt/out_5tips.htm

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