Try This Trend: Outdoor Artwork

A fence or an outdoor wall can be a design opportunity. Outdoor artwork can quickly dress up a blank space without worries. The pieces are printed on canvas and are waterproof, UV protected and gallery wrapped on stretcher bars so they’re safe for outdoor use. They even include mounting hardware that keeps them secure against winds.

You in? Here are four of our favorites:

Fill your yard with flowers by adding the stunning Poppies In Wind Outdoor Art in beautiful bright red, orange and purple.

Enjoy the lake lifestyle with the Nautical Equipment Outdoor Art, which features colorful buoys in vibrant shades.

Give your outdoor space a touch of nostalgia and whimsy with the Bike With Flowers canvas.

Add a sophisticated touch to your outdoor entertaining with the Evening Outdoor Wall Art.

How to Create a Comfortable Outdoor Living Space

Want to add square footage to your home without obtaining a building permit? You’ll feel like you’ve created an addition when you design a comfortable outdoor living space on your deck, patio or porch. New materials – such as woven wicker, updated fabrics and cast aluminum – have lead to pieces that mimic your indoor style with the added benefit of allowing you to enjoy the nature just outside your door.

From sofas to sectionals, chaise lounges and cocktail tables, it’s easy to create an outside area that feels like a natural extension of your home – perfect for entertaining or just relaxing after a long day. Take a look at what we recommend:


1. Go for the cushions

Furnishing with cushions is the foundation of building a room that feels like an indoor space. From chairs to sofas and sectionals, cushioned furniture is designed to be fade-, stain- and mildew-resistant, and you can leave these pieces outside. Group seating pieces together just like you would in your indoor living space.

2. Play with the color palette

Use the tones you have inside to create a natural flow onto your deck or patio. Or go for a bold color that gives the feel of a tropical oasis. Keep in mind that earth tones might blend in a little too well with the outdoors, shrinking the look of your furnishings, and dark colors will hold the heat of the sunlight. Consider using bold, brightly colored accessories for a feeling of fun and whimsy.

3. Think about the “floor” 

Consider using an outdoor rug. Made from a polypropylene material, it is made to stand up to the elements. And just like a rug serves in your indoor rooms, it will give the area a pulled-together feel.

4. Take advantage of greenery

Bring your landscaping onto your patio or deck by using hanging baskets, pots and planters. Choose flowers and plants that mimic those in your lawn; the cohesive materials will make your yard feel like an extension of the space.

5. Give the illusion of walls

Create the feeling of a room by installing a pergola, lattice wall or awning. In addition to providing shade and privacy, you can use it to support climbing vines. An umbrella over a dining set will also give the feeling of enclosure.

6. Consider the lighting

Strings of white or colored lights aren’t just for the holidays; they can create a starry effect when used outdoors during a summer night. Also consider landscape and deck lighting or torches that will softly light up the area and enhance the atmosphere. Lighting that points upward accents the architecture of the structure, while a light pointed downward creates a cozy glow.

7. Include the ambiance of a fire

Consider using a firepit. A popular outdoor accessory, you can find freestanding firepits or firepits that are incorporated in table groupings. An evening fire will instantly transform the space into an inviting gathering area as well as warm up the cool nights of Michigan summer.

8. Accessorize

Decorative items bring an indoor room to life and the serve the same purpose outside, as well. Play with decorative throw pillows, bowls and candles.

 

9. Crank up the music

Outdoor speakers bring the party outside. Relax in style with your favorite tunes. You can install outdoor speakers or use a portable speakers.

 

10. Add water

Complement the design and feel of your outdoor space with the calming trickle of a fountain. Its sound is soothing and will add another sense to your outdoor space. You could also choose a birdbath that will attract feathered friends.

Three Hot Outdoor Furniture Trends for 2018

Things are heating up outdoors, and it’s not just the weather. Outdoor furniture is undergoing major transformations with new materials, colors and uses. Here are three trends to embrace before summer gets into full swing.

Indoor-Inspired Outdoor Furniture

The latest trend in outdoor furniture is pieces that look like they belong in your living room. Surprisingly they’re made for the outdoors with full upholstery and wooden-inspired legs, such as the Stannis Sectional. Yes, it’s outdoor furniture.

Seaside Colors

Look for feel of a casual retreat in color palettes with orange replacing red and all tones of blue. The result is the look of a seaside holiday spot where you relax, such as this Nautical Stripe Sofa paired with a ceramic Orange Garden Stool.

 

Fire Features

Firepits have been popular for a few years, but this summer they become even sleeker, added to bars, dining tables and cocktail tables, such as the Lakehouse Rectangular Firepit.

Five Outdoor Accessories To Perk Up Your Patio

Sometimes all you need is a new accessory to give your outdoor space a fresh new feel or a fun new attitude. Here are five can’t-miss items that will add personality to your outdoor gathering.

 

 

These 42-inch-tall pyramid torches are sophisticated, bringing a chic vibe to your backyard.

 

Bar Cart

A bar cart will get the party started, allowing guests to feel at home. On wheels, it can be moved right where it’s needed, and then tucked away when you need more floor space.

 

The quickest way to plant a garden is with some colorful outdoor art, which dresses up your deck in an instant.

 

A beautiful garden stool is so versatile. Use it as an end table, seat or decorative accent. This one will let the light create interesting patterns on your patio.

Heat up summer nights with a firepit, such as this portable wood-burning variety. The beautiful patina will improve with time.

Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide

Spring is here and it’s time to bring out the patio furniture! Whether you’re in the market for a new dining or seating group or you simply want to add a piece or two to your green space, we have what you need in Art’s Backyard. Here are a few things to consider before you make your final decisions:

 

1. How do you plan to use your outdoor space? 

Are you looking to accommodate a lot of friends and family for regular barbecues? Do you reserve your deck for a quiet cup of morning coffee? Does your area get sun throughout the day? Or does your space benefit at times from the shade of trees or homes? The answers to these questions will help you determine what you need. If you prefer to keep things intimate, you might get more use out of a cozy bistro table instead of a larger dining set. If your house is party central, a sectional might be better than a pair of chaise chairs. And you’ll know if you should browse umbrellas that fit within a dining group or freestanding, mobile versions.

2. How much space do you have? 

If your patio or deck is large, you have an option of creating zones, such as dining or seating, with separate groupings for each. If your area is smaller, you might consider double-duty or smaller scale items, such as a firepit with a cover that can be used as a dining table or a pair of armless chairs that take up less room. Measure your space and bring the dimensions to our showroom. We can help you outfit your outdoor living area with the right furnishings and fit for you.

3. What kinds of materials are best for your lifestyle? 

From wicker to wood and aluminum to wrought iron, outdoor furniture comes in a wide variety of material choices. Choosing the right selection for your family will depend on a few criteria.

 

Do you like to customize your outdoor arrangements according to your event du jour? Aluminum furniture is your best bet. Lighter than wrought iron, aluminum provides the flexibility of easy mobility. But just because they’re lightweight doesn’t mean they’re less durable. Aluminum pieces are rust resistant and have powder-coat finishes to stand up to the elements. Clean with mild soap and water, and store indoors during winter.

 

Want to create an inviting outdoor room? Wicker is for you. These pieces create a cozy setting – something you’d normally find indoors – with deep seating and plush cushions. If you’re worried about the durability of wicker, rest easy; unlike wicker of the past, these pieces are made of resin, which last longer and don’t crack or splinter. Clean up is easy; spray it with water and use a mild soap solution. Bring indoors or cover during the winter.

 

Do you love the look of natural materials? Consider wood furnishings. A classic outdoor choice, wood grows more beautiful with time as it weathers from the sun and rain. Teak is the most popular wood option, and your investment will last for years. Of all of your outdoor furniture choices, wood does require the most maintenance; it comes with our care kit, which helps it resist stains and fading. Store indoors during the winter.