Outdoor furniture comes in a wide range of styles, sizes and materials. From formal outdoor furniture made of metal or wrought iron, to wicker tables and chairs to hammocks that sway to and fro, there is no shortage to the options available. When you are considering entertaining outdoors, think about how your furniture is arranged on the patio. By grouping certain pieces together you can create a few different zones that will encourage conversations and fun.
Large Conversation Zone
One of the most important zones or areas on the patio is the large group conversation area. It usually consists of two or more multi-seat pieces of furniture. On a patio, that could mean a pair of two-person gliders or love seats facing one another. A comfortable chair at either end of the love seats would also be a great addition. Include a small, narrow table in the center, or a footrest that doubles as extra seating. The goal is to create a space where multiple people can gather, share conversation and enjoy the company of a large group. Depending on your entertaining style, this might be the largest zone on your patio.
Small Conversation Zone
A small conversation zone is similar to its larger counterpart, but is designed for more intimate conversations between two people. Two recliners placed next to one another, or two comfortable sling back chairs arranged at a ninety degree angle are ideal for such a space. A small table for holding drinks and small plates is necessity. Also consider placing a large plant or potted palm near the area to separate it from the rest of the space. You can also use unique outdoor wall decorations for this area to create a truly special feel.
If you are a big fan of outdoor cooking, and picnics and parties play a large part in your life, the eating zone on your patio is going to be the most prominent part of the decor. As tempting as it may be to invest in the largest table you can find, consider the available space on the patio. It is more important that the table fits the space properly rather than having an excessively large table that makes the space crowded and uncomfortable. Other areas of the patio space can accommodate the guests that will not fit at the table. In addition to the table, an umbrella and comfortable chairs are ideal. The umbrella may seem unnecessary if the patio is covered, but it can be used for decorations and outdoor lighting.
After creating the zones and arranging the patio furniture accordingly, take into consideration the decor. Some choose to have fun, whimsical decor that might include pieces like butterflies metal wall art, while others prefer more contemporary designs. The style of decor that you select should also be reflected in the lines and fabrics of the furniture. Coordinating the accessories with the furniture will ensure that the patio has a professional decorating feel. Selecting the right pieces for your patio is the key to creating the space you desire