You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is a saying that most of us know by heart and agree with completely. And yet, sometimes our actions lead us in a direction different than the one we think we are heading. Have you ever drove by a small house and saw a beautiful set of lawn furniture that filled you with a cozy feeling? How often have you seen a large beautiful house that had such a barren lawn that it left you feeling empty? And of course the final question is how many times have you noticed these feelings? The outdoor setting you give to your home adds a great deal to the emotional warmth that comes with a beautiful home. And this outdoor setting is the first impression that visitors, and even casual passers-by, get of your home.
We all know that it is very important to make your first impression as good as possible, but this doesn’t just apply to your personal and direct actions. How you are dressed is often the first thing someone will notice, and this goes for your home as well. So why not choose to dress your home with the most beautiful of “clothing?” And by clothing, I don’t just mean that which is draped across the physical form of the house such as paint and windows. Lawn furniture is a great way for your home to give off a warm feeling of comfort before anyone can even have a look inside. But as with everything else, the quality is equally important. Can cotton compare with silk? In most cases, the answer is quite obvious and outdoor living furniture is no different. You must put thought into what type of materials you want your furniture composed of. Do you want teak, cast aluminum or iron, or would you prefer wicker furniture? Each one has strengths and weaknesses, which range from quality to style, that you must take into consideration and apply to your home.
Teak is a beautiful and hardy wood that has been used for years in outdoor furniture. It is also used in many other situations that require a wood that is resistant to the effects of rain and rot like on boats. Teak can last for generations without treatment because the wood itself has a natural oil that repels water. Once it is properly shaped and treated, a piece of teak furniture will hold it’s shape and beauty for years to come.
The different types of cast furniture also have their own special charm. On top of the natural resistances that come with treated metal comes the fact that metal doesn’t burn as easily as wood. I have seen some beautiful center pieces for cast iron sets that house a fire pit in the middle of the table. The value of this is enough to make these pieces my favorite outdoor furniture type.
Wicker furniture adds a different feeling. It can be used commonly as indoor or outdoor furniture, and does a beautiful job at either. The weave of rattan wood most commonly used in wicker makes for furniture with a cloth-like appearance but still durable enough for outdoor weather. The give that comes naturally with wicker is also a big selling point. Solid wood and metal are fairly hard, but the wicker has a much softer feel that greatly adds to the comfort.
In the end, there are dozens of decent choices for great looking and feeling outdoor furniture, but it is a simple fact that nothing but benefit will come from improving your home with some beautiful outdoor living furniture.