Sunday, 28 May 2017

Curtains, cushions and candles are in

PATIOS are no longer just for relaxing. These days, they provide an outdoor room — an extension of the home. And as the weather starts to warm up and our minds turn to sunbathing and alfresco dining, more and more people are dusting off their outdoor patio furniture — or thinking of buying new furniture for their decks, patios and porches.

Outdoor furniture is great for relaxing and entertaining guests and there are colours and designs to make everyone happy. If you are planning to buy new furniture this spring or want to give your old furniture a makeover, you may want to let one of the 2014 patio furniture trends inspire you.

For years, most patio furniture was aluminium with sticky plastic bands that became loose and sagged over time. Modern patio furniture has drastically improved, and people are finding they can achieve indoor-quality style and comfort in an outdoor setting.

Wicker is an extremely popular material — but not the old, natural style wicker that gets brittle and chips over time. Today’s wicker is made of synthetic vinyl and resin materials with UV coating for additional durability. The weave designs on wicker have also changed over the years, with many manufacturers moving from featuring narrow weave patterns towards thicker strands. Modular is another buzz word in the world of patio furniture and this trend allows you to re-arrange into endless configurations.

An old favourite is wrought iron and the new trend is to add colourful cushions. Gone are the days of chipping and painting it every year with good undercoating and powder-coated finishes. Teak has a timeless look and was originally used on boats. It’s absolutely free of care if you let it weather to its natural silver grey and will last forever, so be sure to like the style you choose.

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