Have a Seat

Expert tips on selecting patio furniture.
Patio sets of cast aluminum, synthetic wicker or teak hold up best to Minnesota weather.

If you’re reluctant to host a porch party because your patio furniture is worn or you don’t have enough seating, Cindy Erdall and Deb Peterson, associate designers for Gabberts, can help. First, evaluate the size of your outdoor space and determine if it’s mostly used for entertaining or relaxing. A recent trend is blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living space. Their clients are extending interior design schemes outdoors, knowing that fire pits and patio heaters lengthen the number of months to enjoy the patio.

Multifunctional groupings are overachievers for multipurpose outdoor areas. Chat sets around a fire pit or chat table, swivel lounge seating and sectional seating for larger groups are designs that work well for relaxing and entertaining. Smaller dining sets with elevated pub tables are more popular for social interaction as they offer unobstructed viewing above the deck railing. They can also provide a view over the fence so you can invite your neighbors over for a drink.

And this summer, it’s all about gray accented with tropical, vibrant hues. Mix materials and patterns to create interest and appeal in any design scheme.