My top 5 tips for choosing outdoor furniture for the Southwest:
- Timeless: Outdoor furniture can be an investment, think of it just as you would your indoor furniture and get pieces that work with your style or a style that is timeless. Don’t rush into buying this furniture; take your time to explore all the options.
- Durability: For the Southwest climate I recommend metal furniture. Period. Wood furniture tends to have a difficult time without yearly maintenance in our climate. Plastic furniture can also be a good choice, just beware that our intense sun can sometimes discolor or cause it to crack. When shopping around keep in mind the type of sun exposure your furniture will have on a daily basis.
- Maintenance: Nothing is maintenance free, how much time you need to spend on your outdoor furniture will depend on what you buy. Metal typically lasts a lifetime. I especially like the perforated metal because it doesn’t collect dust as easily as glass top or wood topped tables. It’s important to check your outdoor furniture yearly to make sure it’s in tip top shape. Wood furniture should be re-sealed yearly, pillows
- Take chances with color: I know this seems exactly opposite of tip #5 but hear me out. Since these pieces are outside you can go a little crazy with color because you will most likely be surrounded by a green palette of plants. A little color never hurt no one, just stay within a complimentary color range.
- Pillows make it pop: Outdoor pillows are by far the simplest ways to enhance your outdoor living area. There are endless options and they can be found at almost any store. I’ve even seen them at my grocery store. Try to stay within a color range, but go wild with textures, patterns and sizes. It’s best to get pillows especially noted as outdoor pillows because these are made with specially treated fabrics. However, over time these pillows will fade so you can protect them yearly by spraying them with a fabric protection spray such as 303 High Tech Fabric Guard.