If your design sense goes numb when it comes to your out­door fur­ni­ture and out­door liv­ing area, here are a few design rules (spe­cific to pool­side liv­ing) to consider.

  • Do you need to coor­di­nate out­door fur­nish­ings with indoor décor?  Well, if your out­door liv­ing area is directly within view of the inside, then it should def­i­nitely allow for a visual flow, oth­er­wise you will get annoyed look­ing at your red vel­vet couch and yel­low walls against the bright blue chaise lounges.  Hint: This is why design­ers rec­om­mend choos­ing a black wrought-iron look for out­doors… this way you won’t want to run out and buy new fur­ni­ture when the next trend comes along.
  • If your house is mod­ern, then pretty much any­thing goes.  It works to have a con­trast of curvy and straight lines in this type of set­ting.  Teak fur­ni­ture looks right at home with mod­ern home design.

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  • If you live in the North­west, white or light col­ored out­door fur­ni­ture is just not a good idea (unless you really like green fur­ni­ture). Trust us.
  • The hottest thing might be tempt­ing and look great…. But, if hav­ing the lat­est hottest “look” in out­door fur­ni­ture is impor­tant to you, be pre­pared to change it up in a year. Sorry.
  • Con­sider how your out­door fur­ni­ture and space are going to be used and how many peo­ple will be using it. This design fac­tor really trumps all of the oth­ers.  Large groups sit­ting and hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions, the need to have tables to place drinks upon because you plan on doing a lot of enter­tain­ing, or sim­ply a few friends or fam­ily mem­bers loung­ing at the water’s edge… each sce­nario leads you to a very dif­fer­ent fur­ni­ture style decision.
  • If you are work­ing with a large space, con­sider cre­at­ing smaller con­ver­sa­tion areas to add some inti­macy and coziness.

Still stuck? Need help? Please give us a call… we’d love to brain­storm your out­door liv­ing area with you.

 

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