Monthly Archives: June 2016

What to Look for When Selecting Patio Furniture

Tis the season for birthday party BBQs and backyard entertaining, which may have you rethinking your 1970s lawn chair hanging by a few threads and the cooler you’ve been using as outdoor seating.

Perks of adding a new set of patio furniture include enjoying your morning coffee while soaking up some rays, making memories with your family around an outdoor board game, and long conversations with friends under the stars. Embrace the summer spirit and make room on your patio for a new, durable, and stylish set of outdoor furniture from RST Brands.

Seating

The most important feature of your patio furniture set needs to be ample seating with a mixture of solo and group seating. Make your guests feel relaxed with versatile seating like single chairs or more cozy couch-style seating for 2-3 people at a time. Ottomans are a great addition to your furniture set which allow guests to put up their feet and they can also double as extra seating when the party gets crowded.

Durability

Patio furniture has to be durable and able to withstand Mother Nature’s wear and tear. You want a sturdy material that can handle the elements and won’t need replacing by the next summer. RST Brands offers heavy-duty powder-coated aluminum frame sets that are corrosion-free and maintain their style and comfort for years. The thick, breathable foam cushions not only contour to each sitter, but also are sturdy enough to avoid breakdown of support over time.

Low-Maintenance Outdoor Tablecloths & Seat Cushions

BBQs means food and food means spills. To be able to keep your furniture in top shape, you want a fabric that is easy to clean and repels all types of liquid. All-weather, fade-resistant fabric ensures that your guests are not sitting on soggy cushions. If spills do occur, cleaning is as easy as a simple cleanser and a hose. Just cover it for the winter and it will be like new every summer.

Comfort

Guests won’t stay long enough to get to the s’mores if they are standing all night or stuck in an uncomfortable, flimsy chair. A perk of great patio furniture is allowing guests to feel at home and comfortable to lounge while enjoying your company. Foam cushions, proper back support, and deep chairs provide “the chair away from home” that will keep your guests relaxing and chatting well into the night.

Style

When you’re hosting family, friends, or even people you’re meeting for the first time, you want to make a good impression. You want your patio furniture to have a little style, and with RST Brands, style doesn’t have to come at a high price. Accent pillows in bright and classy patterns are included in the purchase of your set. Try pairing your solid neutral cushions with bright patterned accent pillows for a look that will really wow your guests.

Choosing a great set of patio furniture from RST Brands comes with all the perks of being stylish and comfortable while requiring low maintenance and remaining durable. Create a backyard oasis to entertain and relax with your friends and family.

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5 Tips To Designing The Perfect Outdoor Patio

With summer in full swing, chances are you’re eager to spend as much time as possible outdoors. By reading these five tips, you can create the ideal outdoor space that has the look and feel you want, so you can design a patio that acts as an extension of your home and gives you the perfect excuse to spend time outdoors.

1. Use Fun Shapes

Even if all you have to work with are plain concrete pavers, add interest, depth and movement to your patio by playing with geometric shapes. Consider laying your pavers in sets going different directions to make a grid-like design or arrange them in a spiraling shape. If possible, incorporate colored round stones and different sizes of square stones to create unique illusions like a bubbling stream or rocky path. You can also use various shades of small slate and incorporate lush plants to create a versatile, relaxing space.

2. Include a Focal Point

By including a stunning focal point to your patio, you’ll add an element of elegance and sophistication that makes your area a place where you – and your guests – want to be. Consider the following focal points for your patio:

  • If you don’t have a space with a view, adding a mirror gives the illusion of space while also giving an element of class to your patio. Furthermore, a mirror stands up to outdoor elements like sun and rain.
  • Fire pits make patios ideal places for outdoor hangouts, even in the winter. Consider stacking a pizza oven over the fireplace to save space or find a unique cast iron pit to include in the middle of your space. Surround your fireplace with a patio furniture set that has matching cushions and pillows.
  • Fountains are also an excellent option for focal points. A cast limestone fountain with an antique finish adds a Mediterranean feel, while a natural rock fountain edged with flagstone is great for patios with a desert vibe.

3. Protect Your Privacy

If your patio is exposed to your neighbors, incorporate methods to make your space feel extra private. You can install a simple canopy that shades patio furniture and has side blinds you can release to block neighboring views. Include a wall of planters near the back or side of your patio to create a calm, soothing edge, or build a stucco wall around your patio to give a permanent sense of privacy and intimacy.

4. Coordinate Colors

By coordinating colors, you can give your patio a well-thought-out look that is inviting and comforting. Pick out a bright patio umbrella or canopy that plays with the colors of surrounding plants and your outdoor furniture set. Include matching mosaic tile work in the inlay of outdoor patio accent tables or throughout the fountain that works with the main focal point and draws out the colors of your overall patio theme.

5. Don’t Skimp on Plants

Patios without plants seem bare and uninviting. Even if you don’t have a ton of outdoor space, you can still achieve a botanical-garden feel by concentrating all of your favorite plants around the edges of your patio. Choosing several lush plants will make your patio feel like you’ve landed in the middle of a beautiful garden, while viney plants add privacy and protection from weather. Select an array of hydrangeas and violas to highlight cottage-like gardens, or plant trees to get a natural, leafy canopy.

For more ideas on ways you can enhance your patio, or to shop an array of top-of-the-line patio furniture and decor, visit RST Brands, today.

How to Buy Furniture for Small Outdoor Spaces

Have you ever gone to the home of a friend to find the interior beautifully decorated, but the backyard left open and empty? For many people, deciding what to do with the outdoor spaces of their homes can be difficult, especially when those spaces are on the smaller side.

Leaving it empty and neglected not only leaves your backyard purposeless, but also takes away from the beauty within your home. It’s important to think of your backyard and any other outdoor space around your home as an extension of the interior.

Survey the Space

The best thing you can do to begin is to clear the area completely, removing any furniture that might already be present, or any items you’re currently storing there. Once empty, you can get a good idea of what you’re working with.

Stand in the space and look at it from different angles—sometimes changing your perspective is just what you need to get inspiration. It is important at this time to measure the area so you know exactly how much room you have. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a piece of outdoor furniture, only to bring it home and find it doesn’t fit.

Know What You Want

It’s beneficial to have an idea of the purpose you want this outdoor space to serve. Are you looking for a comfortable place to relax after a long day at work, or one that is meant for hosting friends and family for dinner parties and other gatherings.

Browse through decorating magazines and look around online. Keep track of anything that catches your eye. Knowing what direction you want to go in will prevent you from blindly wandering through a store and feeling overwhelmed by all of the options available, or purchasing something you will regret.

Choose Multipurpose Pieces

If you’re working with a small space, finding furniture pieces that can serve double duty is essential. Ottomans are wonderful for offering seating, a place for storage, and also an extra place to set food or drinks.

Stay Sleek and Simple

It’s easy to get caught up in the beauty of a nine-piece dining set that could comfortably accommodate you and all of your closest friends, but you might want to consider steering clear of these larger pieces. That’s because a large set could actually make your backyard feel cramped.

The simpler the piece of furniture, the less space it will take up, ultimately making your space appear larger, and giving you more room for other items. Consider purchasing a few bar tables that can be pushed together and surrounded by as many bar stools as needed.

Think Outside the Box

The best thing you can do when working with a small outdoor space is to think outside the box. If you can’t find furniture that fits your needs in the store, look at the items you already have in your backyard and see if you can repurpose them to fit your needs. A tree stump or large stone could serve as seating, for example.

There’s Always Pinterest

When in need of ideas, you can always turn to Pinterest for inspiration!

Finding furniture to fit a small outdoor space can be difficult, but once you find the perfect pieces, it will all be worth it. Now that you know what to do, get busy and turn that space you previously thought was unusable into something amazing!

For further inspiration, check out RST Brands’ selection of patio furniture.

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