Take good design outdoors


The outdoor living season has nothing at all to do with a calendar.  It starts the first day that the cover is thrown off the grill and the outdoor furniture is returned to its righteous position of importance. May 2013 has been kind to us, so I declare that the season of enjoying the outdoor space has begun.

When this tease of warmer days draws us from behind closed doors, it is time to plan an outdoor room that is a sensational reflection of your home.

Fabrics for outdoor furnishings now rival the couture fabrics once available only as interior fabric. “Environmental textile” collections now offer chenilles that are stunning on an outdoor sectional sofa. Woven fabrics with deep and rich colors formerly reserved for the great indoors open an entirely different path for patio furnishings. The palm trees and wild floral prints are no longer the only choice. The outdoor room can now be a reflection of a sophisticated interior.

Outdoor lighting is now a focal feature and eons away from the simple brass fixture that has always hung next to the front door of a home. This element is the most exciting change in outdoor décor and ranges from chandeliers, to fans, to outdoor lamps.

The styles and finishes can be just as beautiful as the indoor variety. If you have a covered porch or patio, consider using a hanging light over your outdoor dining table. Again, the styles are vast, ranging from traditional; coach style and arts and crafts. Floor lamps for outdoor room use are available. When purchasing these for use in an unprotected area, make sure the instructions clearly state that they have sealed shades and waterproof switches.

Outdoor space is the perfect place to relax surrounded by good design. The new product offerings make it possible to take the indoors out and create more living space without driving a single nail.

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