Think of your backyard patio space as a warm and welcoming extension of your home – an inviting place to relax with a good book, enjoy the fresh air, take in the view or socialize with a group of friends. Transforming your outdoor living space isn’t as difficult as you may think, and RST Brands offer tips that are bound to get your creative juices flowing.
Space – Evaluate your space and consider the desired purpose of your backyard patio. Planning is easier when you have an intended purpose for that outdoor living area. If the patio is large enough, create separate areas for relaxing or entertaining, or set aside a play area for the kids. Separate areas can also invoke a feeling of privacy and often work better than one big, open area.
Location – Sun or shade? While sunshine is often welcome, it’s a good idea to have a cool, shady spot for relaxing when the temperature soars. You can create shade easily with trees, an awning, carefully-placed umbrellas or a vine-covered pergola.
Accessories – Be courageous! Accessorize strategically with sculptures or other outdoor art. Weatherproof pillows, area rugs, outdoor lights or colorful planting containers can add texture and a bright pop of color. Consider a fountain to create a peaceful, easy feeling, or a fire pit to provide warmth when evenings get chilly.
Dining – Like to cook? You’ll get good use out of an outdoor kitchen with a grill and areas for food preparation and eating. RST Brands three-piece bistro set is just the thing for coffee with a couple of friends, or think big with a large outdoor dining set available in a range of amazing colors. An open bar is a useful addition to a backyard patio if you entertain frequently.
Furniture – Select outdoor furniture to accommodate your backyard patio. After all, what’s the point of a spiffed-up backyard patio with no furniture? This is where RST Brands come in, with an extensive array of beautiful, durable outdoor collections in price ranges to suit every budget.
Create a focal point in your primary seating area. A coffee table with a floral arrangement or potted plant works beautifully, or consider a fountain or fire pit. Arrange chairs, sofas, sectionals and loveseats around the focal point to encourage relaxation and conversation in your primary seating area, but don’t forget end tables or side tables for drinks or snacks. If space allows, ottomans are always welcome too.
Weather protection – When selecting furniture, consider the climate. RST Brands has an array of outdoor furniture covers that can help with this. They also recommend vinyl if your furniture is exposed to severe weather conditions. Polyurethane coated polyester is resilient, supple, and stain-resistant, and it remains cool for sitting, even when located in direct sunlight. Sunbrella fabric is UV protected, fade-resistant, easy to maintain, and suitable for all types of weather.