The decor of the outdoor space of your home is as important as the decor on the inside. Choosing furniture, lights, and patio accessories is a fun, creative outlet and the results really make a difference.
To get started, first take a look at the style and setting of your house. Are you in an urban, suburban, or rural location? Does your home have distinctive period features or is it recent construction with the latest styles of doors and windows? Your yard and landscaping should coordinate with the appearance of the house and the surrounding area.
If yours is a traditional home, your yard or deck will look great with a white wicker chaise, bright floral cushions, and a swing or glider. A sleek Mid-Century Modern house will look both comfortable and sophisticated with a bamboo patio dining set and the soothing sounds of a fountain.
Of all the outdoor patio accessories to choose from, the one category of item that you will definitely need are cushions for the patio seating. These are a practical item that can also be used to reflect the mood you want for your patio accessories. Solids, bright florals and stripes are perennial favorites, but you can also find fun prints in tropical designs or colorful dots. Cotton duck or canvas are popular fabrics because they are durable and easy to clean.
Another of the must-have outdoor patio accessories is a table with a shade umbrella. Some people like an umbrella that matches or coordinates with the other patio accessories such as the chair cushions. Others prefer a low-key beige, green or olive color that will blend in with the natural vegetation colors in the landscaping.
Gazebos were a favorite garden decoration in the Victorian era and they are once again popular today. They now come in a range of styles and designs to suit modern homes. Building a gazebo from a kit is one option some homeowners are trying.
Another option if you want an outdoor enclosure is the screenhouse. Screenhouses have a roof similar to the one on a tent, but with open-mesh sides so you can enjoy outdoor dining without having to worry about insects.
Grills, barbeques, smokers, and fire bowls can be considered outdoor patio accessories, though they are also appliances, too. These range from inexpensive table top kettle grills to large, permanent installations, so there’s a lot to pick from and your choice depends on how much you want to put into it and how what kind of entertaining you do. The main thing to keep in mind with these is safety. Be aware of fire hazards when deciding where to place anything that generates heat or flames.
When it’s time to shop for patio accessories, don’t feel you are limited to what’s available in the local home store. There are websites that offer a full range of outdoor seating, patio cushions, picnic tables, and any other outdoor patio accessories you need to decorate your living space.