Decide how you want to use the patio. Is the patio mainly for alfresco dining or sunbathing or relaxing with a book or all three? The intended use will dictate the size and location of the patio. A patio mainly for dining is best placed where there is some shade so that diners can keep cool on warmer days and seek the sun when the weather is cooler. A patio intended mainly for sunbathing needs to be in a spot where it`s sunny all day. If you want young children to safely use the patio, it needs to be somewhere you can see them from the house.
The simplest thing you could do would be to decorate with candlesticks placed wherever they will fit (and not set anything on fire). That does lend a certain amount of warm elegance. But there is a lot more you could do too accessorizing your dining room for the exact feel that you are looking for. Families tend to feel well taken care of in a formally decorated dining room. A silver tea service placed strategically on a patterned doily on the dining table can do a lot for the kind of happily pretentious pleasure families sometimes like to have together. Sometimes, a beautiful metal punch bowl could bring a little old world charm in, too.
If you like to change the decor of your patio frequently and don`t want to have to buy new furniture every time then wicker & rattan patio furniture would be a good and decent choice for you. Wicker and rattan is the second most popular type of furniture that is made from natural materials. Both wicker and rattan furniture is durable, light weight and to a certain extent - flexible, making it great for patio furniture that needs to be brought indoors or moved frequently. Wicker is actually not a material by itself. Wicker is the end result of weaving rattan with other materials, usually bamboo slats, to make furniture. Rattan (originated from a Malay word - Rotan) is technically a tree, although it grows like a vine along the ground. They are usually found in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australia. The rattan vines are cut and peeled, then steamed to make them pliable, and then they are used as rattan weaving materials. Rattan furniture can be made of stripes of Rattan that are woven together when the wood is wet. It can also be strips of Bamboo or other materials woven around straight rattan slats. Rattan easily accepts paints and stains like many other kinds of wood, so it is available in many colors and it can be worked into many styles.
A patio should never be designed in isolation without considering the rest of the garden. A well designed garden where all the elements are in scale with each other and the house will connect the house and garden. A balanced design that includes a patio or multiple patios will give the garden coherence and ensure that it is a pleasant, comfortable space in which to spend time.
Metal patio furniture is often a more economical choice compared to hard wood type especially for people who want the stability of wood but wouldn`t want to spend too much. Metal furniture is also great for people that want furniture that has low maintenance costs because most metal furniture doesn`t require the kind of maintenance that wooden furniture does. There are three main types of metal patio furniture that you can purchase. They are wrought iron, aluminum and tubular metal.
Many modern furniture pieces are done up in leather or designer fabrics. The use of wood or metal frames ensures durability. Contemporary or modern furniture has a streamlined appearance and features varied color tones with soft textures. Bold geometric shapes in vivid colors are often the hallmark of modern living room furniture. This style is often chosen by the younger generation who like to use décor as a style statement.
In a small bathroom, less is always more. If you include a vanity, you will probably need to choose a very small unit. Depending on your needs, you can choose the style (cabinet or drawers or a combination) that is most suited to your needs. Recessed medicine cabinets (set into the wall, with an unframed mirror) are ideal in small bathrooms.
A lot of emphasis is placed on lines and shapes in modern living room furniture. Those who appreciate innovative designs and are not very keen on highly ornamental pieces enjoy the look of contemporary furniture.
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