patio furnitureWhen you first moved into your home or redecorated later with new furniture, you probably put quite a bit of thought into how you would arrange everything. You thought about aesthetics, functionality, and traffic flow, for example. Those same concepts can go into the selection and placement of patio furniture for your outdoor living areas. Here are a few tips to get you started on creating the ideal space for family and entertaining:

  • What Style Do You Like? If you like the look of a formal space, consider a symmetrical layout for your patio furniture. On the other hand, if you want a casual, relaxed environment, consider more asymmetrical layouts.
  • Incorporate a Focal Point. Just as your indoor rooms benefit from a central point, so will your outdoor areas. How you place your patio furniture will depend on what you see as the primary gathering point.
  • Keep it Convenient. The idea is to allow guests to feel they can “pull up a chair” and feel at home. Place your longest piece of furniture in such a way that it is easy to grab another chair to facilitate conversation. Be sure to incorporate end tables, ottomans, and side tables so your outdoor living space is functional, too.
  • Keep the Kitchen Separate. For safety concerns, your outdoor kitchen should have some separation. That’s not to say you can’t have an open concept rather than isolate the grill master at work, but be sure to consider keeping young children and others safely away from the hot grill.
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Accessorize. There are plenty of décor items that are safe for outdoor use. Mix things up with area rugs, lighting, throw pillows, and plants. You can also add seasonal flair by having different sets of pillows and cushions. Remember to have a nice cushion storage box so you can keep things tidy when not in use.