As the temps heat up, so do Arizonans’ backyard barbecues and pool parties. Our state already has staycation-worthy weather, but the true key to capturing summer vibes is a comfortably furnished patio that can transition between being a place to unwind after work and one meant for entertaining friends.
Find your bliss by creating a space that feels relaxing and fits your lifestyle with the following tips.
Warm tones for warm weather
Warm colors are trending for 2020. Reds, oranges and a boldly printed rug or throw pillow makes your patio inviting and ready for your next party around your outdoor fire pit. If you have a pool, playing with cooler tones such as shades of blue or white will give your patio a classic vibe. Pair that with a pop of tropical green or a cobalt blue fire glass in your fire pit and you’re practically in paradise.
Pair fashion with functionality
Arizonans have to be picky when it comes to the type of materials that make up their patio furniture. Patio furniture should be able to withstand natural elements and the occasional party foul. Look for furnishings built of fully welded frames of electrostatically powder-coated rust-proof aluminum or resin wicker. When it comes to cushions, try to find ones with chambered backs that can provide lumbar support and won’t slouch with age. For exterior fabrics, Arizonans should prioritize anything that is UV-tested and has an interior Crypton barrier. This protective layer can make a cushion waterproof, stain resistant, anti-microbial and dust-proof — perfect for Arizona backyards.
Throw some shade
The days are getting longer, which means more time for fun — if you take the sun seriously. Umbrellas are a patio essential in Arizona. When selecting one, keep in mind what you want your umbrella to do. Will it be covering a table? Make sure the shade is wider than your seating area. If you have a roomy deck, consider an umbrella stand that is easy to move around. If you’re planning for the umbrella to stay in one place, consider a tilting shade that can be angled to protect against morning and evening light. Lastly, you’ll want to pay close attention to materials that do not easily rust or fade.
Written by: Terry Cosgrove, Paddy O’ Furniture
Terry Cosgrove is an award-winning merchandiser for PaddyO, one of the largest patio furniture companies based in Arizona.