Just picture it: Lounging out in an Adirondack chair, seated besides aromatic spring blooms, sunlight trickling in. Beautiful spring weather seems to be setting in on Long Island, and that means it’s time to start planning all the details for your exterior living areas. Get ready to bring the comfort and style of the indoors to your backyard!
A great place to start is with your chairs, tables, benches and the like. You’ve likely been searching around and reading articles and seeing photos all telling you what the “hot style” and “latest looks” are—and that’s all valuable, of course—but one of the basic foundations of choosing any piece is making sure it suits you.
“When it comes to selecting outdoor garden furniture, choose something that is an expression of your personal style,” says Kerri Medina of Laura’s Home and Patio in East Northport.
Medina, who works with clients to create stylish and functional outdoor spaces, is also a proponent of a long-term view. “Look for quality pieces that will allow for years of enjoyment in your outdoor oasis.”
To that end, colorful Adirondack chairs, or garden benches as well, made from a marine-grade polymer are a wonderful addition to a garden, she says. The material is designed to withstand the impact of weather through the years, especially here on Long Island.
As with so many aspects of design and decor, selecting a piece of furniture is about both form and function. When it comes to outdoor furniture and accent pieces, there’s also a great opportunity to add some eye-catching elements.
Springtime florals are a natural, but outdoor garden furniture can be accented with colorful throw pillows to add a pop of color. “Umbrellas are also a great way to add color to your landscape and offer you shade while you’re outside relaxing,” Medina says. Don’t forget about outdoor area rugs, which can be used to create a “defined space in the garden” and add even more color and texture.
Be bold, have fun, think of this as the time to create a whole new living space. “By adding furniture, lights and decorative accessories to a garden,” she says, “a homeowner can make a backyard feel like part of your home and expand your living and entertaining space.”