Furniture buying is somewhere between difficult and exciting. If you just moved and are uber-excited about your first foray into amateur interior design, then you probably view furniture buying as more along the latter end of the spectrum.
But the rules are actually quite simple. Have a theme in mind (necessary if you want a sense of continuity in your home), then for all the rest, just mix and match.
Of course, there are a million other things you have to take note of – e.g., budget, space, and other headache-inducing factors – but basically, those are the only rules you need. Just follow them and you can hardly go wrong.
Now, apply the same rules with buying furniture for your patio. Make no mistake. Buying patio furniture is different from buying furniture for the interior of your home. There are minor nuances included in patio furniture buying that you usually overlook when buying home furniture.
For instance, you don’t worry about whether or not your couch could withstand the weather because after all, what weather? The thing is going to end up in your living room under a sheltering roof.
On the other hand, if you were looking to buy patio furniture, such as a garden bench, you always consider the kind of material it is made of. Will it crack when sitting under the sun for too long? Will it end up moldy after rain and sleet and snow? Will it get blown away by whipping wind?
The weather should come into account when shopping for patio furniture. Moreover, do not just contemplate normal weather conditions because there is no telling when adverse weather conditions may occur.
But other than that, buying patio furniture applies basically the same rules as buying chairs and tables for your home. You keep a theme in mind. It’s outdoors, so you want things to be a bit on the rustic side. Or maybe, you fantasize about living in England where dainty tea parties are held in wonderfully manicured gardens, in which case, you need patio furniture that exude class and charm.
After you have made up your mind on the theme, then you can work on the mixing and matching part. Your patio furniture should match the style or color of your awning or gazebo.
Awnings come in various fabrics, sizes, and colors so your range of choices is wide. Plus, your patio furniture should match each other as well. No, we’re not exactly suggesting that you get set pieces of patio furniture. That would be expensive. But when you do shop for a chair and a table, keep your theme in mind. That way, even when your furniture pieces do not exactly match each other, the theme they share add that all-important sense of continuity in your patio.