Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Décor ideas for outdoor seating areas

Outdoor seating areas can provide that organic laid-back atmosphere - a relaxed space that allows you to breathe and enjoy your surrounds without leaving your own garden. As with decorating home interiors, creating a lovely outdoor space also requires a thoughtful balance between style, substance, and form and function. However, decorating outdoor spaces can be challenging because of the  unpredictable weather conditions. With a few insightful ideas, however, you could carve out an idyllic outdoor seating area. Get tips...

The Philippine climate is prone to quickly alternate between sunny and rainy days so opt for durable furniture that can withstand the country’s fickle weather.

Setting the scene

Study your outdoor space during different times of the day to assess the best place to put your seating area. Take note of where the light hits and how the breeze flows. The Philippines can get pretty hot during the day so choosing an optimal setting will make for a more comfortable seating area. If you can’t find the perfect setting, consider building it. Plant a tall tree for shade or construct a gazebo for more privacy. 

Furniture choices

Outdoor areas are subject to varying weather conditions and the Philippine climate is prone to quickly alternate between sunny and rainy days so opt for durable furniture that can withstand the country’s fickle weather. Plastic and PVC materials are practical choices that may last for years. For a warmer approach in your design, choose weather-resistant wood such as teak. Metals such as steel and aluminum are also viable options as long as they are powder coated or treated with rust-retardant primer or paint. Wrought iron furniture is a charming and practical option as well.

If you're going with upholstered fabrics they should be stain and fade resistant to ward off the effects of sun exposure.

Functional accessories

Cap off your furniture choices with interesting yet functional accessories. Lanterns provide interest and a soft glow that's perfect for nighttime use. Play up elements of nature by incorporating container plants in your seating ensemble. Small containers can be placed on tabletops, while huge planters can make for great features beside sofas and seats. Hanging plants on trellises is another great way to incorporate nature in your seating area.


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