Staining or painting your deck and outdoor wood furniture not only protects and increases their lifespan, but helps to create the perfect outdoor atmosphere so you can really enjoy every one of those fleeting summer moments!
To make the most of your outdoor spaces, let me share some design ideas and finishing tips.
Bring the indoors out: Interior inspired deck and patio areas are so popular, and there are easy ways to achieve this look. Start by adding indoor décor touches, such as a metal-finished accent table, portable lantern or a water-resistant bar cart. Consider adding an outdoor ottoman for extra seating and to store some blankets for those cooler evenings.
Get creative with your stain: Try a two-tone effect with stain – using one colour on the deck and another on the railings or on two different levels of the deck for a sophisticated look. I like to apply a natural, translucent stain on the deck, with a darker, solid stain to enhance vertical features like the railing. You can test drive the different translucencies and colours with pint sample cans of Benjamin Moore’s Arborcoat stains. It’s always best to try-before-you-buy!
Don’t forget about the furniture: Furniture is the perfect medium to express creativity and infuse some colour outdoors. When painting a Muskoka chair or an old outdoor table, take some risks with colour. These surfaces can be easily repainted to suit your changing design tastes. Bold colours are on trend for outdoor décor this year so how about Caliente AF-290 or Jalapeno Pepper 2147-30 to bring some zing to your next backyard BBQ party?