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Eclectic Patio Furniture Shows Your Style

Your home's interior is exquisitely decorated in your favorite style; why not treat your exterior with patio furniture and accessories that will be comfortable as well as beautiful. Your backyard becomes more functional by adding gas grills, or furnishing options such as casual hammocks or formal wrought iron. You are limited only by your imagination. The patio furniture does not have to be limited to one style. A backyard looks great if you mix it up with an eclectic flare. You don't have to decide between rigid cedar and a quilted hammock, or a built in gas grill and a fire pit. You can have it all. Do you want your patio to have a casual feeling or one that is more formal? This may depend on the style of home you have. A full log home may not be served well with antique white wicker furniture on the porch or patio. A contrast is good, but the balance isn't quite right. The white wicker seems too light and airy against the heavy logs. An Adirondack style of furniture might strike a better balance for the home. Is a specific material of importance to you such as teak, rattan, or wrought iron? Do you prefer patio cushions, or the natural look of wood as with Adirondack chairs? A gas grill or outdoor fireplace can be a focal point creating an outdoor kitchen. If relaxation is the most important to you, a hammock or patio swing would be a nice choice.

Do you like to entertain outdoors? There is a wide variety of outdoor furniture that creates the perfect party atmosphere. Do you enjoy cooking on a gas grill and showing off your favorite recipes to your friends and family? How about a relaxing lunch shaded from the sun under a decorative patio umbrella while the kids are napping in a rope hammock? You can create the look and feel you want by just a while. Make sure they are weather resistant in one of the newer fabrics that are on the market today. Sunbrella? is a wonderful fabric that fights mold and mildew from the elements. It comes in nice colors and fun stripes. You might like a webbed design that is also very comfortable, just a different look from the cushions. If I am sitting on a hard cut log bench or cold wrought iron, I definitely need a cushion for comfort. I also like to mix up the furniture with some bar height chairs and bistro table. You create some interest if all of the furniture is not the same height. If you have a pool, that may also influence your style of outdoor furniture. You may want a material such as PVC that is easy to dry off if it gets wet.

Choosing the right furniture for your patio is an important decision. Just like the interior, your outdoor furnishings are also an investment. Unless you buy an inexpensive plastic webbed chair from a discount store, you will want to use your furniture for many seasons. Look at magazines and follow your own personal style. You will then be able to make a buying decision that creates the perfect outdoor living room that fits the style of home and your personality.

Bev Hlavka is a successful freelance writer offering guidance and suggestions for consumers buying patio furniture, gas grills, picnic tables and more. Her many articles can be found at She gives information and tips at to help you save money and make informed buying decisions.

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