The first impression anybody has of your home when they visit is the outdoor entrance through which they go inside. Therefore, it’s important that your patio is well maintained at all times. Be sure to keep it fresh and up to date because we all know that appearances can be everything.
Your patio needs to be kept clean and tidy so that visitors will feel welcome when coming over for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They say the outside of your home is always a good indication of what people can expect on the inside, so make sure you don’t neglect your patio.
Colour scheme is important for a patio as it’s still a part of the house. Your front patio should be welcoming but not intimidating. Anything too fancy and it will look like you are trying too hard. Too many colors or furnishings or decorations can spoil the whole thing. Simple and stylish is the best way to go.
One of the biggest considerations you will have to make regarding your patio is the type of furniture you intend to have occupying it. Remember, furniture on a patio is both decorative and functional. Try to choose furniture that compliments the patio in style and color but that can also be used for outdoor breakfasts or evening parties.
Start with a dining set, or a table and a few chairs. The numbers of chairs that you need will depend on the amount of space you have on your patio as well as what you will be using the furniture for. If you expect to entertain groups of people, you should have six chairs or more.
Placement is also key. If you have lots of room you could choose to have the dining set as a center piece. However, to maximize space it may be wise to place your dining set against a wall or in a corner. Keep in mind where the entrance to the patio and your house is too.
Something you need to think seriously about when it comes to outdoor patio furniture is the material it is made from. If it is going to be exposed to sun and rain then you need something that can withstand these conditions. Teak wood furniture is durable and resistant to these things and requires little maintenance and is a popular choice for many people.
However, there are many good materials that should be considered. Cast aluminum is lighter and also easy to wipe down, while wrought iron is heavier and sturdier, but not as easy to clean. Wicker furniture is another option, especially if your patio has a roof or cover above it.