Find the Right Materials
Not all outdoor furniture is alike, and some materials are better suited for coastal living than others. Anything you leave outdoors may be subjected to sea spray, bleaching sunlight, rainstorms and abrasive sand. Look for materials that are naturally durable and weather resistant or that have been treated to last in outdoor conditions. Teak is an excellent option for outdoor furniture due to its natural water resistance and durability. It weathers to a beautiful, smooth color, lending to a natural beachy look. Other options include lightweight rattan or wicker, both of which bring the feel of the tropics. Make sure the cushions and accessories you choose are labeled for outdoor use so you can enjoy your investment for years to come.
Make the Most of Your Surroundings
If you are lucky enough to have gorgeous, sweeping views of the ocean from anywhere on your property, try to take advantage of them when setting up your seaside escape. Arrange patio furniture to capture the best views while also encouraging conversation. Avoid using large furniture or accent pieces that disrupt views from the retreat or from inside your house. If you need outdoor lighting, you can find ground level fixtures that softly illuminate your natural surroundings. Ideally, your outdoor space should flow naturally from your home and complement its environment.
Shop With Confidence
You should always buy from a trusted retailer who knows the finer points of outside decorating. We carry the furniture and accessories needed to build gorgeous beach retreats. With brands like Barlow Tyrie, Polywood, Kingsley Bate, and Elaine Smith Pillows, you can furnish and accessorize your seaside retreat with durable and stylish pieces. Shop our website to find everything you need for a perfect outdoor space.