Even hearty Nebraskans’ patience grows thin as the winter months drag on. But here we are, on the cusp of Spring 2020, and with the tease of 50-degree days at the end of February, the sight of neighbors and friends outside tells us that It. Is. Almost. TIME! That means enjoying life al fresco is only a few short weeks away. Prepare your own outdoor oasis with the help of interior design professionals who have access to furnishings and fabrics that are made to withstand our climate, all while giving you the prettiest patio on the block.
1 Outdoor fabrics are far from boring. Today’s patterns include the trusted usuals and some new surprises. Think trellis patterns, palm and tropical prints, animal prints, stripes and florals, with Oriental dragon patterns and interesting Ikats.
2 For the most powerful design impact, match your outdoor furniture look to your landscaping look. A cohesive design concept that carries through your entire property will create a real statement. And don’t feel limited to the expected outdoor approved sling furniture. Options for fully upholstered sofas, sectionals, and chairs that are appropriate for outdoors are both unique and ultra-comfortable options for outdoor living.
3 If the architecture of your home allows, consider adding or incorporating a covered outdoor living area. Furniture will be protected from the elements that much more. Heaters can be placed to prolong the room’s usable season, and motorized outdoor shades can be installed to protect you from sun and insects alike!
4 Our Midwestern climate is hard on outdoor furniture. Consider new materials like aluminum with a wood finish baked on for added durability, stainless steel, powder coated aluminum, synthetic wicker, and foamless cushioning. These specialty products can be mixed and matched with an array of fabrics to create a look that’s comfortable and climate friendly.
5 While outdoor rugs, artwork, lamps, and accessories have been on the market for a while, don’t forget the power of trims and tapes. Interior designers can access a rainbow of embellishments that give your outdoor furniture the same custom look and uniqueness that your indoor pieces have.