How to Decide on Outdoor Furniture

One of the latest trends in outdoor decor is making the backyard feel like an extension of the home, complete with furniture.
When choosing outdoor furniture, the biggest concern is making sure that is weatherproof and sturdy enough to stand up to the elements, whether you live in a sunny or rainy region.
While outdoor furniture options used to be limited to dining table sets and lounge chairs, more modern options include conversation sets, similar to what you might see in the family room.
Conversation sets generally include a loveseat, chair, and a table. If you plan to entertain a lot, a bar set, complete with stools can also be a welcome change from the traditional table and chairs.

Mixing and matching old and new pieces is a great idea in the backyard. Check out vintage shops and yard sales and refinish old metal pieces to fit in with your new teak set.
If you have kids, or a lot of sloppy guests, make sure your cushions are covered in easy to clean fabric, like vinyl. Rather than patterns, try interesting colors. Using color rather than patterns can help your outdoor furniture appear consistently new, rather than stuck in a certain era. Blacks and beiges are classic looks, but if you live in a tropical area, try mixing in a few bold shades like coral and turquoise.

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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