For an increasing number of Americans, the outside is what’s in. That is, outdoor spaces are be-coming an extension of the home, like a warm-weather living room, complete with comfortable furni-ture, sun protection and perhaps even curtains or a fire pit, making an ideal outdoor oasis to pass the evenings and enjoy the warm weather. To create your own outdoor living space, the following are a few ways to ensure it suits your needs and stays looking great throughout the season:
• Think about what you enjoy doing outside. Do you like to entertain outdoors with a dinner party? If so, an outdoor dining room is a great fit complete with a large table, comfortable chairs and a sun um-brella. If you prefer to sit outdoors the same way you would in your living room, seek out a deep seat-ing set with comfy cushions and colorful toss pillows. Does the idea of a fire pit warm your heart? Con-sider a fire pit built into a table and surround it with complementary seating at the same level.
• Coordinate color schemes with your landscaping and plants. If you have a lot of multicolored flow-ers and plants, go for outdoor fabrics that are neutral to provide grounding for your space, such as beige, gray and even white. For a landscape heavy in green tones, use your outdoor fabrics to add color. Cushions in red and purple can provide a surprise color accent. Blue-hued fabrics pair elegantly with greens and give off a cool, relaxed vibe. Fabrics in the orange family add contrast for a zesty ac-cent in your outdoor space.
• Once you’ve created your ideal outdoor oasis, it’s important to preserve your furniture with regular maintenance, which can be combined with other outdoor chores. Rinse off the cushions with a garden hose while watering the flowers. Brush leaves, pollen and other residue off cushions while sweeping the patio.
• To ensure your outdoor furniture looks great throughout the season, be sure to also give it an annual cleaning and maintenance tune-up. To clean up the most difficult stains, spray your patio furniture fabric with 303 Products’ Multi-Surface Cleaner to safely remove tough stains. Once cushions are dry, apply 303 Fabric Guard, recommended as the best fabric protectant by leading manufacturer Sunbrella, to re-store water and stain repellency to factory-new levels. Finally, spray on 303 Protectant on outdoor furni-ture’s hard surfaces, providing broad-spectrum UV blockers to protect from fading, cracking and embrit-tlement caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Learn more about 303 Products’ fabric cleaners and protectants at www.303products.com and Sunbrella outdoor furniture at www.Sunbrella.com.