How to Get the Most Out of Patio Season
Brian Gluckstein shares his expert advice on selecting and caring for your dream patio furniture set.
Before looking for outdoor furniture, ask yourself a few key questions: How much space do I have on the patio or in the backyard? If my space is limited, what is more important to me – dining or lounging? And lastly, what look am I going for – something modern and edgy or classically styled? Once you determine these three things, it is time to start shopping for your outdoor room.
Patio furniture today is available in a wide range of materials, such as resin wicker, aluminum and even easy-care wood composite, making it simple to find a set that suits you. Also consider function: modular sets allow for customized configurations to fit a variety of spaces. Expanding tables, for example, create extra seating when needed and maintain a compact footprint when closed, and bench seating can be tucked away under the dining table. Mix and match dining, where the table and chairs are not a pre-made set, also allow for custom solutions.
Once you have selected your furniture, complete the look of your outdoor space with accessories. This is where you can have a lot of fun with colour in accent cushions, towels and tabletop items made specifically for outdoor use. Don’t forget the functional pieces like umbrellas, sunshades, lanterns and string lights so you can enjoy your outdoor space during sunny afternoons or well into the evening. To keep your patio furniture looking newer longer, cover furniture and store cushions away when not in use for an extended period.
— Brian Gluckstein
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Brian is recognized as one of the top designers in the world by Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Journal and was voted Favourite Interior Designer by House & Home readers. Brian’s work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor and House Beautiful. His GlucksteinHome product collection, available at Hudson’s Bay, brings his elegant aesthetic to a wider public.
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