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Create Your Own Patio

Lynn Coulter
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Claiborne patio set by Hampton Bay

The great outdoors is calling, coaxing you with fresh air, sunshine and warmer temperatures. Whether you’re ready to update an old patio set or add new furniture, you’ll find many styles and fabrics to choose from in Home Depot patio collections that feature 13 frame and 12 color options.

Select a matching set or customize your space with a la carte pieces. You can mix and match to create the patio you’ve always wanted.

For a quick and easy refresh, pick new pillows and cushions for your chairs, chaise lounges or benches. Trend watchers say that while blues and green remain popular, there’s a move toward pairing bright colors with neutrals.

Purchasing a few pillows lets you experiment with a color palette you’ve never tried before, like tropical orange or peacock blue, or with florals and other patterns.

Our Patio Accessory Finder makes it easy to get started; select pieces can be upgraded to Sunbrella fabrics. Known for their stunning colors and designs, Sunbrella fabrics are strong and durable, able to withstand the elements as well as frequent use.  

Five new-for-2014 Brown Jordan patio collections, made exclusively for The Home Depot, can also be upgraded to Sunbrella materials. Brown Jordan is an industry leader in combining the artistry of traditional hand-weaving techniques with the superior performance of modern materials.

You’ll find pieces that range from classic to contemporary. Chaise lounges from the Northstar collection (shown below) reflect the generous size of pieces in that grouping. They’re designed for large interior or exterior spaces, while their low profile makes them ideal for casual living. 

Brown Jordan Northshore Collection

When you’re ready to shop for your dream patio, keep these tips in mind:

  • Outdoor furniture is an investment you’ll have for a long time, so look for quality construction. Wooden pieces should be sanded and smooth, and steel frames should be finished to resist rust (aluminum and stainless steel will not rust). Be sure the legs of tables and chairs are securely attached, so they won’t wobble. Check for strong joints and fabrics that are weather- and fade-resistant.
  • Think about where your patio set will go. If it will be visible to passers-by, you may want the furniture to match or blend with your home’s architecture or decor. If you have a big outdoor space, opt for larger furniture. If your space is limited, go with pieces built on a smaller scale.  
  • Consider how much sun your patio gets. You’ll spend more time outside, enjoying your new furniture, if you’re not broiling in the sun. Umbrellas provide instant, portable shade. A gazebo or pergola can also keep you cool while serving as an attractive focal point. Some are available with canopies to shield you from pop-up rain showers, or with mosquito netting to keep insects out.  
  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match patio pieces. There’s no rule that says you can’t use wrought iron dining chairs with a beautiful wooden table or wicker-look bench, if that’s what you like. What really matters is turning your patio into your personal oasis — a place where you can relax, entertain, unwind and have fun.

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