Choose Patio Accessories for your Outdoor Space

By: Roger Hutchison

Do you envision your outdoor space having a traditional style? A porch swing or garden swing? White wicker furniture with flowered patio chair cushions? Or do you see yourself in a meditation garden. Meditation bench, koi pond and a bamboo shade? Modern spaces designed for entertainment are also extremely popular. Outdoor appliances, fire pits, and furniture and patio chair cushions more comfortable than your indoor furniture are now easy to find. Whatever your style, you'll want a few outdoor accessories to give it a designer touch. In this article we'll examine five of your outdoor options.

Umbrellas. Umbrellas aren't just for beach sand anymore. They're also great for creating shade and ambiance in your back yard. Patio umbrellas come in a variety of colors to add splash to any back yard. They also come in more subdued colors and materials like tan canvas with a wood frame to fit into a more natural atmosphere.

There are some things you will want to consider when choosing an umbrella. Patio umbrellas come in a wide variety of sizes. To ensure optimal comfort when entertaining, purchase a big enough umbrella to shade your guests. You don't have to match your umbrella color and fabric to your patio chair cushions but you certainly can. Umbrellas and cushions come in more colors and fabrics than the dresses on an Oscar night red carpet. You have your pick of anything!

It is also important to know that not all umbrellas close. An umbrella that doesn't close stands a high chance of being damaged in bad weather - and I cannot imagine a city or town that doesn't occasionally have inclement weather.

If you live somewhere with perfect weather every single day - give me a call!

Gazebos. Gazebos are making a comeback. And like any other accessory they come in just about every imaginable size and purpose. You can get a gazebo kit designed to fit two and tuck it into a back yard corner or you can buy a gazebo kit that fits 20 and attaches to your deck or patio. Gazebos are not for the faint of heart, as they can cost a lot to be designed and built however you can also purchase gazebo kits.

The important thing to remember when adding a gazebo to your yard is to place it in the most ideal location, the location that makes it the most user friendly for you. For some that will mean having it set in the place that holds the best view of your garden or home, for others it will be the space that is the most private.

Patio chair cushions. Patio chair cushions are the easiest way to add class and comfort to your outdoor space. Patio chair cushions are available for just about every patio chair you can imagine. From simple meditation benches to five piece chaise lounge chairs, there is a cushion for every need. Patio chair cushions also come in many colors and fabrics. The most durable fabrics are the easy to clean cotton canvas cushions.

Outdoor appliances. Stoves, ovens, grills, and outdoor refrigerators can easily turn your backyard into a complete entertainment room designed for professional chefs. While luxury appliances are in high demand, some people prefer a basic grill for burgers and steaks. When looking for a grill or outdoor appliance make sure you have enough space to make them fit safely into your yard or deck. Most often this requires running gas lines to your home so plan on a little construction.

Planter boxes. On a smaller scale but no less dramatic, planter boxes can add a bit of color and natural life to your deck or patio. Planter boxes can be shaped to take on any form or structure you like. For example you can build a bench, place a colorful patio chair cushion on it and balance the color of the cushion with flowers in the adjoining planter boxes. If you live in an arid climate your planter boxes can be filled with succulents and cacti. Planter boxes can also be placed in strategic locations throughout your yard to create focal points. From small succulents to large ornamental trees - planter boxes can support a large variety of plant life.

As you can see there are large number of options to add polish and personality to your backyard space. Whatever your style, budget or backyard needs there are accessories for you and you don't have to break the bank to do it. Simple touches like quality patio chair cushions and a few well placed planter boxes can set the perfect note.

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