Porches and patios are great retreats for your outdoor living enjoyment
As an extension of your indoor living space, your porches and patios should offer the same feeling of privacy as interior rooms do.
Think about colors that will complement the exterior of your home and balance with the earth tones of the landscape around it.
When the weather is great, dinning outdoors is enjoyable. The styles you choose and the materials you utilize... brick, stone, wood, metal...should be compatible with the architecture of your home and appropriate to your outdoor climate.
As you plan your outdoor porch and patio furniture, they should be design to house your family's much loved activities, from relaxation and casual gathering to children's games, barbecues, and entertaining. Your outdoor space may be classic and formal.
Choose materials that will not become slippery when wet and that are not sharp or uneven for children playing. So be sure to consider the transition from the inside of your home to the outside.
Decks and patios should be a place you can welcome and entertain your guest for when the weather is good. Choose furniture made of wood, wicker, or metal wirework. Include a table and chairs for casual outdoor dinning.
An umbrella is even great for shading on those hot days. By blending your own indoor and outdoor furnishings, accessories, and plants, you can create a truly inviting outdoor retreat.