Patio Design and Patio Furniture - The Use of Focal Points

 


Article by: Aleister Holmes

A focal point is an important design , Spring Flower Gardening element; it is a place , Greenscapes: Energy Efficient Landscaping where the eye naturally comes to rest. In a well-designed patio , Buying or Building Your Own Water Fountain there is always a planned focal point, such as a large dining set, perhaps with a well-selected umbrella. But a patio's focal point could also be another interesting object or landscape , Florida Homes: Easy Landscaping and Curb Appeal feature.

Examples of landscape , Florida Homes: Easy Landscaping and Curb Appeal features that can be a patio's focal point are an interesting pathway leading from the patio , Birdfeeders & Birdhouses - The Perfect Outdoor Accessories to an area beyond, a flower garden, , Conservation a mature tree, , Are There Really Black Roses? or a dramatic view of the back lawn. , Indoor Waterfalls

However, an outdoor , A Modern Day Glove Affair dining table with chairs , Exotic Plants and Flowers for Guys: Trends in Flowers as Elegant as they are Masculine is often a natural , What Type of Gazebo is Right for You? Top Questions You Need to Ask focal point because of its size. If you intend to have a large outdoor , A Rose is a Rose? dining set, there are several things to keep in mind.

Be conscious of the style of the table and chairs , Colorado Blue Spruce And Lush Red Roses and try to keep styles the same. If you have a very rustic patio, , Flower Gardening then a contemporary table and chairs , Colorado Blue Spruce And Lush Red Roses may not go well together. It is usually a good idea to maintain the same decor , All About Hybrid Tea Roses style.

Select the colors , Common Landscape Design Features of the furniture , Decorative Stone Uses For Landscaping and cushions with care. Visualize the furniture , The Uses of Compost! in the location , Tomatoes: History, Origin, Facts... or Fiction? where they will be used. The colors , Buying or Building Your Own Water Fountain should be similar or complimentary to the surrounding area.

An umbrella is a good addition if it is appropriate. An umbrella in an area already covered may look odd. However, umbrellas usually work well in screened-in areas that are still exposed to direct sunlight. If you buy an umbrella separately from the table and chairs, , Amish Furniture on the Front Porch make very sure the colors , Are There Really Black Roses? and patterns go well with each other as well as the surroundings.

A pair of chaise lounges with an umbrella could also be an interesting focal point. The umbrella would have its own stand. Of course, the cushions on the chaise lounges and the umbrella material would have to either match or be complimentary with each other.

A statue, fountain, or other ornament can be used as a focal point. However several things should be kept in mind. If using a statue, the statue and its size must be in keeping with its surroundings, the style of the house, , Teak Furniture - A Cut Above The Rest and the decor , Flower Gardening of the patio. , A Modern Day Glove Affair A large statue of the god Jupiter would probably not look well on a patio , What Type of Gazebo is Right for You? Top Questions You Need to Ask with, for example, western decor. , A Touch of Elegance: The Very Best Outdoor But a statue of Venus in a traditional English garden , Iris - Species and Care setting would be a pleasing addition. A graceful statue would bring an air , A Bit About Bare Root Roses... of serenity.

Size is important as you would not want to overpower the surrounding garden , Silk Palm Trees features with a statue that is too large. One of the most agreeable placements for a nicely sized statue within a garden , Decorative Stone Uses For Landscaping setting is placement by a wall, , Common Landscape Design Features such as a red brick wall, , Tomatoes: History, Origin, Facts... or Fiction? especially where there are plants, , Iris - Species and Care including climbing plants. , Chainsaws - Caring For Your Chain Never place , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor a statue in isolation, but in an area where it can become part of its surroundings.

These are but a few examples of possible focal points in a patio , Growing an Indoor Herb Garden Year-Round or garden , Teak Furniture - How to Care for it Properly setting. There are many other possibilities. The important thing is to include the focal point naturally within the patio , What Type of Gazebo is Right for You? Top Questions You Need to Ask or garden , A Bit About Bare Root Roses... environment so that it blends in and be in harmony with its surroundings.
Aleister Holmes is a contributing writer to Better Patio , Cast Aluminum Furniture Furniture website at http://www.better-patio-furniture.com/.

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