Do you have a patio or similar outdoor space that’s looking a little empty or in need of a design refresh? Outdoor furniture ultimately sets the tone for your outdoor space. By choosing the best furniture for your patio, you can cultivate an outdoor space that feels comfortable and does just what you intend it to do.

Consider the Seasons

Before making decisions on what patio furniture to get (or keep), you have to acknowledge the truth that not all furniture is created equal, and not all weather is, either. Depending on where you live, different furniture types or materials may be more appropriate to keep on your patio. Weathering the over 110 degree temperatures in the Arizona summer takes a different kind of chair than the 30 below winters in Maine.

This requires some honest reflection. Consider questions including:

When will we use our outdoor space the most?

The perfect summertime outdoor space may not have or need everything required to get through a wintery wonderland.

What amenities you’ll want when you use the space?

Do you need a grill, outdoor refreshment station, or protection from rain or snow? If you want to sit and watch a storm roll in, consider investing in a waterproof retractable awning, or if you want to keep your deck clear of snow, you can get a sturdy pergola. If you plan on doing a lot of cooking, you can build out the area around your grill to make an outdoor kitchen, complete with an outdoor beverage fridge.

How many seats do you want your outdoor space to comfortably accommodate?

If you’re going to be entertaining crowds or just enjoying a morning cup of coffee, that needs to factor into the furniture decisions you make. Make sure there is enough surface space as well, to set down any drinks or belongings.

What capabilities do you have for ambient light?

Different spaces have different opportunities that will affect what furniture choices are possible. Plan on protecting yourself from the sun’s harsh UV rays during the day. String up lights for entertaining at night. Build an outdoor fireplace or campfire for a cozy spot to sit and roast marshmallows. The possibilities are endless.

Will you switch out pieces when the weather changes?

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different decor as the seasons change. While summer might call for bright vibrant hues, you might want to bring out deeper reds and oranges in fall. You’ll also need to plan on storing or protecting your furniture during the off-season. Compared to indoor furniture, it’s easier to switch out and explore different options for outdoor furniture. You can even move your furniture around and the space will instantly feel refreshed. Sometimes the best furniture for your patio can only be found through trial and error.

Create a Cohesive Design Scheme

When looking into patio furniture, find a way to keep your finds structured together. One strategy for keeping your design scheme consistent is to consider color and texture. Bringing positive energy into your home and your outdoor spaces can start with theming your design choices around a color scheme that ties each element together. And don’t be afraid to get creative with how you incorporate your chosen shades. You may want to stay away from white cushions outdoors for practicality’s sake, but you can use lighter-toned wood or rattan to achieve the same effect. Some colors can even boost your mood.

Similarly to using a certain color as the focal point for your design scheme, you can also use a favorite piece of furniture as the centerpiece. Let everything coordinate and be placed based on this standout starting point, and you may be surprised at how naturally and cohesively your patio will come together.

Protect Your Investments

Even when you pick the best possible kind of furniture, for optimal results, you can supplement the innate quality of your furniture with superior care. Protecting furniture is an important aspect of patio design and upkeep. While most furniture owners understand that regular cleanings need to happen, especially for outdoor furniture, it can be tempting to skimp and not invest in a quality furniture cover or retractable awning.

But protecting your investments in your patio pieces with simple measures will save money and energy in the long run by extending how long you get to enjoy the best furniture for your patio. It’s better to invest in furniture that lasts.

Author's Bio: 

Tess DiNapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about business, home, health and wellness.