Backyard living

Garden or outdoor furniture, when chosen correctly, allows you to enjoy your backyard, relax after a hard day or watch the sunset

Backyard living
Owning a garden is beneficial in many ways. One can spend quality time doing gardening or relaxing after a hard day’s work. Nowadays, it is easier to own a good outdoor place with developers coming up with exclusive villas and penthouses.

Spending time outdoors is fun and enjoyable when you have the right garden furniture. Garden furniture, also called patio furniture and outdoor furniture, is specifically designed for outdoor use. It is typically made of weather-resistant materials.

The most commonly sold types of patio sets are made of plastic, wood, aluminium, wicker, and wrought iron.

Wooden furniture

Wooden garden furniture can suffer damage through exposure to sunlight or rain and, therefore, needs to be periodically treated. Teak is a commonly used material for outdoor furniture. It naturally contains silica, which makes it resistant to fungal decay, many of the effects of water such as rot, swelling and warping, as well as chemicals. It is also resistant to fire, acid and alkalis, and there are certain oils specifically for the treatment of teak to help it resist weather and the adverse effects of being outside.

Aluminium furniture

Aluminium garden furniture is robust and long-lasting. However, if the protective coating is compromised, it can corrode.

Plastic furniture

Plastic garden furniture is naturally waterproof and can be left out year-round.

It sounds simple, but choosing furniture, whether indoors or out, can be hard because there are criteria such as materials, style, comfort,

and space.

When choosing a style of patio furniture, make sure it matches the materials of your landscape and your home. Outdoor furniture comes in different materials such as metal, wood, bamboo, wicker, aluminium, concrete, cast iron, wrought iron and plastic and in different layouts like benches, chairs, tables and porch swings and in styles like French, Italian, modern, contemporary, painted and custom.

Thomas Johan, senior general manager, retail operations and institutions sales, @home by Nilkamal said, “Garden decor helps to add life to an open space. This space is required to be furnished because it is a vital part of your house. Garden furniture are specially designed for outdoor use that can be made a part of your internal space. The furniture should be robust, long-lasting and weather-resistance in nature. The special range of garden furniture products includes chairs, tables, tools and many more that are the perfect choice for distinctive outdoor settings”.

The whole idea is to make your backyard an extension of your home with outdoor furniture. You, your friends and family will be much more inclined to go outside and relax if there is a comfortable outdoor living area.

When choosing your outdoor furniture, take into account the space available. It’s important to buy furniture that’s appropriate for your backyard.

Smaller spaces should not be over crowded with large dining sets. If you have a large area and you entertain often, a dining set and bar would be a fun choice.

Another important thing to consider is comfort. If it is important for you, then it is important to buy furniture with cushions, chairs that swivel and gliding chaise lounges.

The other consideration is what does your house and yard look like? Outdoor furniture should reflect the style of your house. Do you live in an old colonial style home or a more modern home?

Wrought iron furniture is great for older homes, while a modern home may look better with a more architecturally unique or aesthetically interesting piece or one can go for garden furnitune that is environment friendly.

DLH is one such company in India that offers such environment-friendly

furniture in a wide range

of style and choices.

Christian Blicher Hansen, regional manager, DLH said, “DLH offer a wide range of garden furniture – an essential addition to every garden. We offer traditional and modern furniture, of heavy and light variety, slim and broad-based. Regardless of their appearance, they all share high quality of workmanship and care for detail. Our garden furniture is made of teak, bangkirai, merbau and accacia. They are extraordinarily durable, resistant to the elements (sunlight, wind and rain). Therefore, the furniture does not require impregnation, is environmentally friendly and safe, and, most importantly, fit perfectly into the green surroundings. This is much longer lasting than plastic furniture, which may need to be replaced every couple of years.”

Most of the time we tend to forget the colour scheme of our house and landscape, which sometimes ruins the whole affair. So, be careful to keep an eye on this aspect.

If you do prefer a more natural furniture piece made out of wood, then add in some colourful throw pillows or cushions to give you an effective splash of colour here and there.

Also keep in mind that you can pick up existing colours in your landscape to help tie the furniture to everything else, making it look as though it all belongs together for an aesth­etic­ally pleasing environment.

Many homeowners spend endless of time and huge sums of money building and designing a beautiful backyard, but tend to enjoy it from the indoors.

Outdoor furniture, when chosen correctly, allows you to enjoy your backyard, relax after a hard day, or watch the sunset.


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