What to Consider when Designing Your Outdoor Patio

Posted by Jennifer Morse on Mar 1, 2017 2:29:00 PM

If the short, gray days of winter are giving you cabin fever, lift your mood by planning your Springtime outdoor living activities. Escape a dreary afternoon by daydreaming of a lively backyard with new outdoor furniture and accoutrements that all your friends and family will admire!

Thinking back to last summer’s backyard pleasures, is there anything you would like to improve or upgrade? Did the dining area have enough seating for your summer celebrations? Were there plenty of choices for comfortable ways to relax in your private retreat? Do you picture a yard with more shade?

Whatever you need, you can design your outdoor area with different spaces or al fresco “rooms” to provide the right environment for all the activities you want to enjoy!

If you’re someone who loves to entertain, you’ll want to choose a table big enough for all your guests, a place where friends and family can gather in a dining space complete with a well-appointed grill for fabulous meals in the warm weather. But, if you just want a table for two to enjoy a morning cup of coffee, consider the intimacy of a cafe table. A bar or bar table creates a fun hangout spot that can save space or expand the party possibilities. And doesn’t life always feel more festive when sitting at a bar?

After a first-class outdoor dining experience, you’ll want to relax in your choice of comfortable lounging options. If you want some quiet time to yourself, a chaise lounge will make your afternoon sublime.

And for those of you who desire a full outdoor living room, you’ll definitely want to consider a sofa and a couple of generously deep lounge chairs. For the ultimate in backyard relaxation, look to URcomfort®, Tropitone’s answer to an indoor recliner. The most fashionable way to have it all is to go modular! With the variety of pieces available, you can customize the perfect seating arrangement for your space. Styles range from classic and traditional to sleek and contemporary. Many frame styles embrace the new trends in Asian and Scandinavian design.

The possibilities for seating are endless! Whether you need outdoor dining chairs or cushioned sofas. Tropitone offers flawlessly designed styles with woven, cushion, sling or padded sling seats in a vast variety of colors, materials, and styles. Visiting your local outdoor furniture dealer is helpful as many have in-house design staff that can assist you in perfecting your vision.

If you love some of your older patio pieces, you don’t have to replace everything. If the furniture is in good shape, add new pieces that complement them. There is no rule that everything has to match exactly. Re-upholstering cushions and refinishing may tie in your former investments with your new acquisitions!

It may be hard to recall in the middle of winter, but summer afternoons can be sweltering. Patio umbrellas solve that problem! They are not only functional; they add a bit of whimsical fun and color to the view. Patio umbrellas are available in a variety of finishes and fabrics, so you can mix and match, or create a totally unified theme with your patio furniture. And, umbrellas come in a variety of shapes and sizes that will perfectly complement your space.

If an umbrella is insufficient for your shade needs, consider a cabana. Cabanas are truly the most deluxe way to escape the sun’s rays. You’ll feel as if you are on vacation at a luxury resort!

When the stars come out, hot summer days turn into cool summer nights. Instead of centering your relaxation space around a coffee table, as you would indoors, make your focal point a fire pit! Gather your guests around and watch as everyone shifts into that dreamy mode that the fire glow always inspires. Snuggle in with a last glass of wine or get all the kids together for s’mores and ghost stories!

Summer will be here soon and you now have a vision for areas to dine, to relax and to enjoy the long, sunny days and the blissful, cool evenings to come. Tropitone offers outdoor furniture and accessories that will fulfill all your summer dreams and turn your backyard into a gracious extension of your welcoming home.



Topics: Outdoor Life and Style