How to Choose the Right Outdoor Wicker Furniture

We already know that the Pantone color of the year is a sumptuous wine shade called Marsala and is shaping up to be a big design trend. Did you also know that aBLOGIMAGE design trend for 2015 is to make your outdoor space just as inviting and stylish as your interior?

One easy way to immediately update your outdoor space is to choose the perfect outdoor wicker furniture set. With the rise of online shopping, now you’ve got lots of options to match the theme and feel of your home. Let this guide from Wicker Central help you decide which outdoor wicker furniture is right for your home.

Purpose
The first pointer is perhaps the most important. Before choosing any wicker patio furniture pieces, first determine how you will be using your furniture. Will you be doing a lot of entertaining? Do you plan to host outdoor parties? Or are you planning to simply choose a few pieces to relax around an outdoor fire pit or bar? Knowing how you will be using your wicker furniture will help you determine what types of pieces to purchase and how many wicker chairs, sofas, or tables you will need.

Size
Now that you know how you’ll be using your outdoor wicker furniture, the next step is to determine how much space you have to work with. If you know how big your patio space is, that will help you decide how many pieces to order and which sizes will comfortably fit within the space.

Style
Once you’ve got a good idea of where you will put your furniture, now comes the fun part. Thankfully, wicker furniture style has come a long way. You don’t have to settle for an old-fashioned, simple white wicker furniture set. Take a few minutes to compile a few words that describe your space. Keywords like classic, contemporary, relaxed, dramatic, or neutral can help when you search for the perfect set online.

Color
Another great thing about shopping for outdoor wicker furniture online is that you can request fabric samples before making a full order. If your style tends to be more traditional, choose a neutral shade such as beige or light brown to match any outdoor space. If you’re more adventurous, why not try a pop of color for summer. Popular outdoor fabric colors this year include bright yellow, spring green, and turquoise.

 Climate
One final thing to consider when choosing the right outdoor wicker furniture for your home is to choose furniture that will last in your climate. Most wicker furniture shops provide information about how the material will hold up in different types of weather. Pay close attention to this information, as well as any warranties that the company offers. Of course the best way to protect your outdoor wicker furniture in any weather is to purchase the appropriate outdoor furniture covers.

Now we want to hear from you. What is your patio’s theme: classic, contemporary, dramatic, or another style? Let us know in the comments below.

 ABOUT: Wicker Central is an Elkhart, IN, based e-commerce company specializing in outdoor wicker furniture and wicker patio furniture accessories. Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

 

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Ideas for Winter Outdoor Entertaining

Snow is falling. Or, if you live in a drier climate, the nights are still crisp and chilly. That doesn’t mean that your outdoor fun has to end. Here are a few ideas from some of the web’s best resources and lifestyle bloggers for entertaining on your patio, even during the colder months.

 

Seasonal Decorations and Lighting
From adorable table candles and hanging paper lanterns, to stylish white tablescapes, use these ideas to set the scene for any outdoor gathering at your home this winter.

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Winter Paper Lanterns – Courtesy of LiaGriffith.com.

Homemade Winter Candles – Courtesy of TheItalianDishBlog.com. 

Bleached White Tablescape – Courtesy of AestheticNest.com.

White LED Wine Cooler – Courtesy of WickerCentral.com.

 

 

 

 

Weather-Friendly Outdoor Furniture
Your guests will need plenty of welcoming, comfortable seating for any patio gathering you throw. Don’t forget an attractive table or two for displaying food and party favors!

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Contemporary Outdoor Wicker Furniture Dining Set – Courtesy of WickerCentral.com.
 

 

 

 

Ways to Stay Warm and Dry
Keep your guests toasty and comfy with a few additional items. Remember to hand out these cute homemade wraps as party favors—your guests will surely appreciate it.

A-Guide-to-the-Latest-Trends-in-Wedding-Favors-02Warming Wrap Party Favors  Courtesy of TheBridalDetective.com.

11’ Auto-Tilt Outdoor Umbrella with LED Lights – Courtesy of WickerCentral.com.

Patio Heaters and Fire Pits – Courtesy of WickerCentral.com,

 

 

 

 

 

Food and Drinks for a Frosty Day

Of course one of the best parts of entertaining is the food. Here are some great ideas for preparing easy, filling, and most importantly seasonally appropriate dishes that are sure to please any crowd.

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Grilled Cheese Bar – Courtesy of YourHomeBasedMom.com.

50 Winter Breakfast Ideas – Courtesy of KeeperoftheHome.org.

Warm and Spiced Mulled Wine – Courtesy of GimmeSomeOven.com.

Baked Brie Bites – Courtesy of ASpicyPerspective.com.

The Perfect Cheese Platter – Courtesy of LisetteandCameron.blogspot.com.

Self-Serve Pasta Bar – Courtesy of TonyAstaab.com.

Easy S’mores Dip – Courtesy of FiveHeartHome.com.

 

 

If you liked these ideas, stay tuned for more tips for making the most of your patio during the winter season!

ABOUT: Wicker Central is an Elkhart, IN, based e-commerce company specializing in outdoor wicker furniture and wicker patio furniture accessories. Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

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What Does Your Patio Mean to You?

blogimage1.0Welcome to The Patio, a blog all about your favorite place to kick back with a good book, gather with friends and family, or enjoy the serenity of a warm summer evening.

The Patio is a brand new blog from WickerCentral.com that will focus on outdoor decor, gardening, entertaining, and lifestyle. But before we reveal some of the themes and topics we’ll be covering in upcoming blog posts, let’s talk about what it means for your home to have a patio or other outdoor space.

Some homes feature expansive paved patios adorned with expertly pruned plants and water installations. Other homes have small wooden porches with a couple of white wicker rocking chairs, perfect for reading the newspaper on a relaxing Sunday morning. For the backyard barbeque fan, a large deck can be the best place to host a pre-game grilling party.

Whether your home has a patio, deck, porch, or veranda, your outdoor space is an oasis where you can enjoy being outside in just as much comfort and relaxation as your very own living room. That’s why it’s so important that your outdoor space fits your home and your needs—this blog will give you some tips and ideas for how to use your space to its fullest potential.

So what else will you find on this blog?

  • Style Guides and Decor Trends
  • Home Improvement Ideas
  • Patio and Outdoor Furniture Care
  • Tips for Entertaining
  • Food and Drink Recipes

Stay tuned to The Patio for this and more, including guest blogs from a variety of lifestyle bloggers. You’re sure to pick up a thing or two for your own backyard.

Now we want to hear from you. Comment below and tell us what your patio or other outdoor space means to your home.

ABOUT: Wicker Central is an Elkhart, IN, based e-commerce company specializing in outdoor wicker furniture and wicker patio furniture accessories. Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

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