3 Things to Consider When You’re Buying Patio Furniture

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3 Things to Consider When You're Buying Patio Furniture

There are three ways to approach buying patio furniture and decorating your outdoor space: by focusing on value, focusing flexibility and customization, and upgrading what you have with planters, plants and other outdoor accessories.

To illustrate, we have examples from some of the accomplished designers who shared their outdoor decorating ideas in our Patio Style Challenge series.


Choosing sturdy, durable and affordable patio set doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or comfort. Above, you can see how Darnetha Myers of the Chippa Sunshine blog created a lovely outdoor space centered on the Posada Dining Set by Hampton Bay. “Its clean lines and traditional feel really spoke to me,” Darnetha says.

Darnetha used a balance of neutral tones— choosing gray cushions— with touches of color from potted plants and other simple décor elements, including some of her existing pillows, in her covered back porch.

3 Things to Consider When You're Buying Patio Furniture

See more of Darnetha’s outdoor decorating ideas, including how she painted the concrete porch here on The Home Depot Blog. And browse more of The Home Depot’s patio furniture collections at The Home Depot. They’re attractive, comfortable and affordable.

Customization and Flexibility

3 Things to Consider When You're Buying Patio Furniture

Normally, you start with the patio furniture, and choose accessories to match. But when the patio set has more than a dozen color options you can make your new outdoor furniture coordinate with your favorite throw pillows or outdoor carpet. That’s essentially what Destiny Alfonso of Just Destiny Mag did with her patio makeover.

She chose pieces from the Spring Haven collection, settling on just the right shade of gray cushions to make her existing pillows look right at home. The brown wicker goes nicely, too, with her brown rug.

The natural look of the wicker furniture supports the comfortable and chic look of her French Inspired Courtyard.

3 Things to Consider When You're Buying Patio Furniture

The Spring Haven collection is part of a larger set of Chose Your Own Color patio furniture collections. There are 15 different choices for frames, each with more than a dozen color options. Choose from outdoor dining sets, sectionals, ottomans, and more. Mix and match colors to create just the look you’re going for.

Outdoor Accessories and Plants

3 Things to Consider When You're Buying Patio Furniture

Whether you’re starting from scratch with a new patio set, or you love the outdoor furniture you have, but want to give your patio a fresh look, outdoor accessories and plants can have a big impact.

Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm started with the spectacular Mill Valley Patio Sectional for her outdoor living room. She then added succulents and other easy-care plants and paired them with modern or rustic pots and planters, such as the tall planter you see above.

See more of Eden’s Easy Ideas to Freshen Up Your Outdoor Living Space here on The Home Depot Blog. Adding pots and planters of different sizes and shapes is a very affordable way to liven up a porch or balcony or add the finishing touches to a full-on patio makeover.

Visit garden center at your favorite Home Depot store to see the wide variety of plants we carry, and browse our online selection of pots and planters.

Follow our Outdoor Living board on Pinterest for more patio furniture and outdoor decorating ideas.