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Without furniture and décor a patio would be neither functional nor beautiful. The addition of a table and chairs, a patio cover, outdoor lighting, planted containers and maybe even some antique accents will transform your patio into a place where you can comfortably relax with family and friends.

The furniture on this patio provides space to dine and lounge.

Patio furniture comes in many shapes, sizes and styles. There are outdoor dining sets, loveseats, coffee tables, daybeds, ottomans, chaise lounges and more. Most people buy furniture that is sized appropriately for their patio, but if you have particular furniture in mind, or already own a set, then you can have a patio designed with them in mind. Find out how to determine patio dimensions based off of furniture sizes. Patio furniture also comes in a variety of styles, including modern, traditional, retro, French and others. The material the furniture is made of is one of the biggest style determiners. Common patio furniture metals are wood, metal, plastic and wicker. When selecting furniture consider your weather conditions and the durability of the material.

Patio décor is the fun part where you get to show your personality. Decorating a patio can include adding potted plants, hanging all-weather curtains from a pergola, installing a fountain, placing gardens gnomes in planters, perching a sundial atop a column, or displaying garden antiques. Functional elements such as trellises and arbors can also be used to decorate a patio. Unlike indoors, your patio is a place where you can break away from the norm and take more risks - try brightly colored cushions, or whimsical garden art. When selecting décor for your patio make sure that it is suitable for the outdoors. Fabrics should be fade-resistant and waterproof. Woods should be naturally weather-resistant or treated to be so.

If selecting furniture and décor for your patio seems a bit overwhelming, you can hire a landscape designer to help you with the process. A designer will know all the best sources for outdoor furniture and décor and will have ideas on how to blend you interior style with the exterior. He or she will be able to help you create a cohesive patio environment that will serve as an extension of your living space.

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