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Bold and cheerful or sleek and sophisticated – what do you envision your outdoor space looking like during summer? It starts with your patio table and patio chairs. Choosing these elements is one of the larger decisions to make, and it can also help guide all your other choices when it comes to accessories and accents. Let us at Pottery Barn help you through the process of deciding whether you want to go for colors or neutrals, wood or wicker, concrete or metal, or a mix of materials to add texture to your outdoor paradise.

Decide: Lounging or Dining?

You certainly can have both. First decide if you’re hoping to do a lot of entertaining, lounging around the pool or dining at the table. If you want more splashy pool parties and fewer wine-tastings around the appetizers, you might want to create a family-room atmosphere outdoors with sectional sofas, ottomans and lounge chairs punctuated by an outdoor side table for easy drink and snack placement. If you prefer the al fresco lifestyle around a patio table surrounded by family and friends, you also have your choice from cozy bistro tables to extendable dining tables that are just as stylish and durable as your indoor set.

Decide: Classic or Contemporary?

Now that you’ve decided which activities you prefer to enjoy in your outdoor space, you can get down to the details of choosing your style of furniture. Do you want to blur the line between your indoor decor and outdoor decor? Or do you want your patio to be completely distinctive in its look? Maybe you’re dreaming of an eclectic look that blends classic and contemporary styles. Whatever you have in mind, there’s a stylish solution for you. For a classic patio, look for wood tables and chair frames, especially in elegant teak. Consider all-weather wicker for some romantic, vintage flair. When going in the contemporary direction, look for chunky tabletops in concrete over wood or metal bases. Pair them with streamlined square-armed chair frames.

Decide: Lively or Laid-back?

Do you prefer to have a quiet lounge space for taking naps, reading under the sun and having long nights of conversation around the firepit? Or is your outdoor lounge area usually filled with active games and the sound of laughter? When it comes to dining, perhaps you see yourself sitting around a candlelit patio table having intimate conversations over a glass of wine. Or, do you see fun-filled barbecues and spirited potluck dinners around the table? You probably want to be prepared for all of the above, but if you have a preference, you can decorate more to your needs, using extra pillows for a relaxing area or setting up some private reading nooks away from the livelier spots.

Decide: Vivid Colors or Calming Neutrals?

Now, think about the finishing touches when it comes to patio pillows, cushions, outdoor rugs, table umbrellas, lighting and finally, outdoor dinnerware and glassware. Bring out the party atmosphere with bright, vivid colors in your fabrics and accessories. If you opt for calming whites, beiges, grays or browns, you can always use accent pillows to add pops of color and pattern while maintaining that elegant foundation of neutrals. Both colors and neutrals go well on any kind of chair or table frame.

Keeping these ideas in mind can better guide you through the decorating and purchasing process when it comes to investing in your patio furniture. When it’s all pulled together, your vision comes to life. With your quality furnishings, you can easily make memories on your patio for years to come.