Creating a beautiful outdoor space can take a lot of work – not to mention a good amount of time. After all, landscaping projects are long-term by nature, and if your back yard is in a bad state, it can take more than a little elbow grease to level out your green spaces and get them growing. That said, while you’re waiting for your hedges to take shape, your grass to root, and your flowers to come into bloom, you have plenty of time to focus on improving your outdoor decor. Replacing your outdoor furniture can have a bigger impact than you might think, and won’t take a growing season to start seeing results.
Why It Works: Outdoor spaces – and outdoor furniture in particular – are often among the most difficult parts of the home to keep looking nice. Even if you take excellent care of your deck and patio furniture, they suffer in degrees from exposure to the elements and seasonal disuse, which gradually adds up to furniture that doesn’t look or feel very inviting. Can you clean it? Sure. Does consistent care make a big difference? Absolutely. But at a certain point, most outdoor furniture needs to be retired. Investing in a new set will not only totally transform the look and feel of your space, but give you the opportunity to decorate with pieces that will age gracefully and require less care.
Get The Look: There are a ton of options out there when it comes to choosing your outdoor furniture, but no real “best” option – the type you want is going to depend a lot on your climate, your design sensibilities, and how much care you want to put into keeping your furniture looking nice and new. That said, teak wood outdoor sets have seen a huge uptick in popularity lately, in no small part because teak is extremely dense and oily, which makes it resistant to water, weather, insects, mold, and mildew. With a little light annual maintenance, teak furniture will stay sturdy for decades, and can even retain its original honey color. Paired with cushions and pillows made of weatherproof and fade-resistant fabric (like Sunbrella), you’ll have an easy-to-clean outdoor set that stays looking great from year to year. Pair that with some stylish accessories, like a sturdy concrete accent table, some nice planters, maybe a new lighting fixture, and a few decorative candles, and you’ll have a space that’s not only beautiful and affordable, but that you can have guest ready in a weekend.
Upgrading outdoor areas can be a daunting task, especially if you’re working against a short summer and inclement weather. But stylish, durable outdoor furniture can transform your space in a snap, without the headache of figuring out what to do with it in the off season.