Update Your Patio For Stylish Summer Dining
Q: I have (I think) a pretty easy question for you…we are ready to upgrade our outdoor dining set from a generic round glass and metal table and whatever chairs were on sale at Home Depot to something a bit more…stylish. We’d also like to be able to seat more than four people. We are are a family of four, but love to entertain in the summer months. Any outdoor dining sets you’d recommend?
-Anne C., Morristown, NJ
A: Hello! And thank you so much for submitting your question. Well, you are in luck, because it is actually the PERFECT time to be shopping for new outdoor dining furniture (or really any outdoor furniture for that matter). Even though we've just been flirting with warm weather up until now, and most schools haven't even finished out the year yet, by the stores' schedules, summer is in full swing and they're already marking down outdoor stuff left and right!
Here are three different looks I pulled together as inspiration for your outdoor space:
This first look is simple and elegant. The graphic punch of the umbrella and the black and white seating is monochromatic and sophisticated. I'd do four of the white chairs at the sides of the table, and a black chair at either end with a cushion to elevate the seat to dining level. The wood table is classic and will weather to a beautiful grey. The material of the brass votives add a bit of warmth to the whole setup and echo the linear theme elsewhere in the look.
This second design gets its graphic punch from the blue and white tiled tabletop (which I am completed obsessed with!). I've suggested a bench here, which is a great way to add versatility to your seating. Two adults can comfortably sit side by side, and if there are extra kids for dinner, you can squeeze in at least three. The white wicker chairs are a steal and add a bright, fresh element to the set up. The tilting ability of the blue umbrella is convenient feature, and the grey punched metal votives are actually solar powered lights so you never have to worry about candles or batteries.
The third design is a playful combination with a fun pop of color and some really cool lights. The lava stone dining table--which is suitable for indoor use as well--does not contain an umbrella hole, so I've shown a resort umbrella which can be repositioned as necessary to provide shade. The black and red chairs have interesting lines and textures, which add to the visual playfulness. Finally, the suggested globe lights add an unexpected and softer element to the overall look. They are LEDs and are rechargable and waterproof. They come in three different sizes, and you can use them on walkways, patios, tables, they even FLOAT!
Good luck with your patio upgrade and hope you will enjoy many lazy summer dinners out there :)
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