Does your patio need a mid-summer makeover?
It’s easier than you might imagine to add dramatic flair to your outdoor space. In this article, we’ll introduce you to three essential building blocks for a patio perk-up.
Building Block #1: Shade
Patio umbrellas create a shady oasis and add privacy to your outdoor space. Plus, they inject an interesting vertical element to your horizontal patio furniture grouping.
We recommend a cantilever umbrella by Treasure Garden. These large, multi-position umbrellas shade an entire dining area, chat group, spa, or grill area (when the grill is not lit).
They come in many shapes and sizes:
- Square: 10’ and 8.5’
- Octagon: 13’, 11’, 10’
- Rectangle: 10’ x 13’
Here’s a picture we snapped of an 11.5’ square cantilever umbrella in Rich's Lynnwood showroom.
This umbrella has a crank lift, tilt & lock mechanism, and a single wind vent. The umbrella is 120” tall when open, and provides as much as 100 feet of shade.
The fabric color on this particular umbrella is “Frequency Parchment,” an off-white shade that makes it ideal for pairing with furnishings of any color.
Here’s another snap from Rich's Lynnwood showroom; we love how this umbrella provides a bright splash of color and “frames” the furnishings that it shades..
Easy to move and reposition
Because the pole is offset, rather than in the middle of the umbrella, cantilevers are versatile. Many of them tilt and swing; you can easily rotate the umbrella to shade your dining area, and alternately, your lounge area.
Never fill an umbrella base with water, as water evaporates. On a windy day, your umbrella may tip over and get damaged – or damage your other outdoor furnishings.
** If Rich’s delivers and sets up your umbrella, we’ll fill the base with sand.
Umbrella Shopping Tip
To get complete coverage of the area you want to shade, measure the area you plan to shade, and ask us which size umbrella will shade that amount of space.
Building Block #2: Color
As you’re planning your patio makeover, select a color scheme. Neutral or brownish tones are always popular, but dramatic contrasts are also on-trend.
Consider this snapshot from Rich's Lynnwood showroom. The focal point is a brilliant 10’ round Shanghai umbrella with Cha Cha fabric in Pome and black. The umbrella shades the Kenzo deep seating collection by Tropitone.
The fabric on the crescent sofa cushions is Obsidian Midnight City. We love how the black and red pillows bring the whole look together.
Here’s an overhead view of the Kenzo Cushion Collection, which includes an outdoor lounge chair, swivel action lounger, love seat, crescent love seat, sofa, chaise lounge and ottoman. Note the pops of color on the pillows, ottoman, and lounge chair fabric.
Enhance your color scheme by coordinating container plantings with furniture cushions, pillows, or umbrella colors.
For example, pump up a red and black color scheme with brilliant red geraniums or tall, red, tapered planters. Mix up the heights of the containers, as well as plant and leaf sizes.
Patio Furniture Shopping Tip
We invite you to browse Rich’s showrooms, where our displays will show you creative ways to mix-and-match furnishings with umbrellas, artwork, outdoor rugs, plantings, water features, and dishware.
Building Block #3: Fire
Fire tables, in which fire media is built into the middle of a dining- or bar-height table, are the “hottest” trend in outdoor furnishings. They're attractive and the flames provide a welcoming ambiance and warmth.
This porcelain dining table by O.W. Lee features the popular "reclaimed" look of natural wood, and yet it's sturdy, weatherproof, and washable. The built-in fire table (not pictured, but on display in Rich's showrooms) completes the look.
With 120 shapes and colors of fire glass to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect color combination to enhance the décor of your outdoor room.
Fire Table Shopping Tip
Measure the space in which you plan to put your table, and decide whether the space is best suited to a round, square, rectangular, or expanding table.
Bonus Decorating Ideas
Here's a video that shows the versatility of the Cambria deep seating collection.
Additional inspiration for patio perk-ups can be found at Better Homes and Gardens.
Rich's features a huge selection of outdoor furniture, fire pits, and patio umbrellas. Stop by any of Rich’s 5 showrooms in Lynnwood, Bellevue, Tacoma, Tukwila, or Silverdale.
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