Warmer weather is here and with it comes the desire to spend as much time outside as possible! Ensure that your outdoor space is ready with all-new luxury designs that will make your summer season feel like a stay at a five-star resort. At Cantoni, we offer stunning outdoor furnishings from some of the most renowned luxury furniture brands from around the world, such as Talenti, Gloster, Manutti, and more. Keep reading to see how we can help you transform your patio, balcony, or backyard into an outdoor paradise that is not only stylish but comfortable as well.
A Look at the Latest Designs & Styles
The latest trends in luxury furniture tend to focus on more natural and durable materials, as well as designs that are simple, functional, and stylish. Here’s what’s hot right now when it comes to luxury outdoor furniture:
Teak. Teak is a popular choice for luxury outdoor furniture due to its durability, natural resistance to weather elements, and elegant appearance. Gloster takes their teak outdoor furniture to the next level and prides itself on their sustainable methods and handcrafted construction of each and every one of their products.
Wicker. Synthetic wicker materials such as polyethylene are frequently used for outdoor furniture due to their natural look and resistance to UV rays and moisture.
Stainless steel. Stainless steel is known for its strength, corrosion resistance, and sleek appearance. It is often used in combination with other materials, like teak or woven materials. We love the Radoc Dining Arm Chair from Manutti.
Neutral tones. Neutral colors such as beige, grey, and white continue to be popular in luxury outdoor furniture for their timeless and elegant look.
Earthy tones. Outdoor furniture in earthy colors like brown, terracotta, and olive green creates a warm and natural ambiance in outdoor spaces.
Bold accents. Adding pops of color through accent pieces or cushions is a trend to add vibrancy and personality to outdoor furniture.
Modern minimalism. Contemporary and minimalist designs with clean lines and simple forms are favored by those seeking a sleek and sophisticated look.
Natural and organic. This style combines natural elements with a more practical appearance, oftentimes incorporating neutral colors that resemble their outdoor surroundings.
Resort-worthy. This style is your quintessential beach or resort-style furniture, with wicker, rope, and simple shapes taking the forefront to be suitable for a wide range of outdoor spaces.
Other than their appearance, our luxury outdoor furniture comes with a plethora of popular design features that can greatly enhance your outdoor living space. High-quality cushions and upholstery are made with weather-resistant fabrics that can provide comfort and a luxurious feel to your outdoor furniture. They also add a touch of style and can be customized to match your preferred color scheme or design aesthetic.
Our modular designs allow for flexibility when arranging and reconfiguring your seating arrangements to suit different occasions and spaces. Sectional sofas or modular seating sets can be rearranged to accommodate small or large gatherings, offering versatility and adaptability.
Some options feature swivel or rocking capabilities that can offer a soothing and relaxing experience that rivals indoor comfort. And when it comes to our luxury outdoor dining tables, some of our designs incorporate attachable canopies or umbrellas to provide shade options, like Gloster’s Carver Dining Table.
Tips for Maximizing Comfort & Functionality
Creating a functional and stylish outdoor living space involves careful planning and attention to detail. While your outdoor space should be a reflection of your personal style, you still want it to provide you with as much comfort as your indoor space would while also being easy to navigate. Here are some helpful tips on how to create an inviting and well-designed luxury outdoor space:
Define the space. Start by defining the purpose of your outdoor space. Determine whether it will be used for dining, lounging, entertaining, or a combination of activities. This will guide your furniture placement and layout decisions.
Furniture placement. Consider the flow of movement and create distinct zones for different activities. Place furniture in a way that encourages conversation and facilitates easy access. Leave enough space for people to move around comfortably. Arrange seating areas to take advantage of views, focal points, or natural shade.
Outdoor lighting. Lighting is essential for creating ambiance and extending the usability of your outdoor space into the evening. Incorporate a mix of lighting options such as overhead string lights, pathway lights, lanterns, or wall sconces. Highlight architectural features, plants, or focal points to add depth and visual interest.
Comfortable seating. Choose outdoor furniture that is not only stylish but also comfortable. Consider weather-resistant materials, supportive cushions, and ergonomic designs. Arrange seating to promote conversation and create a cozy atmosphere. Add throw pillows for added comfort and style.
Outdoor furniture serves as the foundation for creating a comfortable and enjoyable living space. By selecting furniture that aligns with your needs and preferences, you can ensure that you and your guests can relax, socialize, and fully enjoy your outdoor area.
Shade and privacy. Integrate shade solutions like umbrellas, canopies, pergolas, or retractable awnings to provide relief from the sun and create a comfortable outdoor environment. Incorporate plantings, outdoor curtains, or privacy screens to enhance privacy and create a secluded feel.
Incorporate greenery. Plants and greenery add life, color, and texture to your outdoor space. Choose plants that thrive in your climate and consider the size and maintenance requirements. Use planters, vertical gardens, or hanging baskets to maximize the space if you have limited ground area.
Outdoor accessories and decor. Select outdoor accessories and decor that complement your personal style and create a cohesive look. Incorporate outdoor rugs, throw pillows, table centerpieces, and artwork to add personality and create a welcoming ambiance. Consider weather-resistant materials and ensure the accessories are suitable for outdoor use.
Consider functionality. Add functional elements into your outdoor space, such as storage solutions, side tables, serving carts, or built-in bars. These elements add convenience and make your outdoor space more practical for entertaining or everyday use.
Your luxury outdoor furniture should be selected based on how you plan to use your outdoor space. Whether you’re looking for dining furniture, lounging options, or a combination of both, choosing the right pieces will enhance the functionality of your space.
Harmonize with your surroundings. Consider the overall aesthetic and architectural style of your home and the natural surroundings. Choose outdoor furniture, colors, and materials that harmonize with the existing elements. This creates a cohesive and visually pleasing outdoor living space.
Maintenance and durability. Select outdoor furniture and materials that are durable and easy to maintain. Choose weather-resistant fabrics, rust-resistant metals, and materials that can withstand the elements. Regularly clean and protect your furniture to ensure its longevity. Be sure and check out our recent blog post on how to care for your luxury furniture for all the tips and tricks on keeping your outdoor furniture looking brand new.
Remember, personal preference and the specific layout of your outdoor space will influence your design choices. By combining functionality, style, and your unique vision, you can create an outdoor living or dining space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Choosing the Right Outdoor Furniture Materials for Your Climate
Choosing outdoor furniture that can withstand the specific climate in which you live is crucial for ensuring durability and longevity. Below we’ll note various climates and detail which materials you should look for and which ones you should avoid.
HOT & DRY CLIMATES
Materials. Opt for materials that can withstand high temperatures and resist fading or cracking, such as aluminum, wrought iron, or teak.
Fabrics. Look for UV-resistant and fade-resistant fabrics, such as solution-dyed acrylics or polyester blends.
Avoid. Avoid materials like plastics or lower-quality woods that may warp or deteriorate under intense heat and dry conditions.
Materials. Choose materials that are resistant to moisture and humidity, such as aluminum, stainless steel, teak, or synthetic wicker.
Fabrics. Opt for quick-drying fabrics that resist mold and mildew, such as outdoor-grade polyester or acrylic.
Avoid. Avoid materials that are prone to moisture damage, such as untreated wood or fabrics that retain water.
COASTAL OR SALTWATER CLIMATES
Materials. Select furniture made from corrosion-resistant materials like aluminum, stainless steel, or powder-coated steel.
Fabrics. Choose fabrics that are mold and mildew resistant, as well as resistant to fading and saltwater damage.
Avoid. Avoid materials that are susceptible to rust or corrosion, such as untreated metals or certain types of wood.
COLD & SNOWY CLIMATES
Materials. Look for materials that can withstand freezing temperatures and moisture, such as teak, aluminum, or outdoor-grade polyethylene.
Fabrics. Choose fabrics that are water-resistant, quick-drying, and mildew-resistant, such as solution-dyed acrylic or vinyl-coated polyester.
Avoid. Avoid materials that may crack or warp in extreme cold, such as untreated wood or certain types of plastics.
RAINY OR WET CLIMATES
Materials. Opt for furniture made from materials that resist moisture, such as aluminum, stainless steel, synthetic wicker, or treated woods like teak or cedar.
Fabrics. Choose fabrics that are water-resistant, quick-drying, and mildew-resistant, such as solution-dyed acrylic or polyester blends.
Avoid. Avoid materials that are prone to water damage or corrosion, such as untreated metals or low-quality woods.
In general, consider the following factors when choosing outdoor furniture for any climate:
• Look for furniture with weather-resistant finishes or coatings that protect against the elements.
• Ensure that joints, screws, and other fasteners are made of rust-resistant materials like stainless steel or brass.
• Consider furniture with removable and washable cushion covers for easy cleaning and maintenance.
• Properly store or cover your furniture during extreme weather conditions or when not in use to prolong its lifespan.
Pros & Cons of Popular Materials
Aesthetically pleasing. Wicker furniture, whether made of natural rattan or synthetic materials like resin, offers a classic and timeless look.
Lightweight. Wicker furniture is generally lightweight, making it easy to move and rearrange as needed.
Low maintenance. Synthetic wicker is resistant to UV rays, moisture, and fading, making it low maintenance and easy to clean with simple soap and water.
Versatile. Wicker furniture comes in various styles and colors, allowing you to find options that suit your personal style and outdoor decor.
Durability. Natural wicker furniture is susceptible to damage from extreme weather conditions like excessive rain or direct sunlight. It may require additional care and protection.
Vulnerable to mold and mildew. If exposed to constant moisture or high humidity, natural wicker can be prone to mold and mildew growth. However, synthetic wicker is more resistant to these issues.
Fragility. Natural wicker can be more delicate and prone to breakage or unraveling if not handled with care.
Durability. Teak is highly durable and resistant to rot, decay, and pests. It is known for its long lifespan and ability to withstand different weather conditions, including rain and heat.
Natural beauty. Teak has a rich, warm, and natural appearance and deepens and develops an attractive patina over time. It adds an elegant and sophisticated touch to outdoor spaces.
Low maintenance. Teak is relatively low maintenance and requires minimal treatment. Regular cleaning and occasional application of teak oil can help preserve its appearance.
Strength. Teak is a strong and sturdy wood, making it ideal for outdoor furniture that needs to withstand heavy use.
Cost. Teak furniture tends to be more expensive compared to other materials due to its durability, scarcity, and high demand.
Weight. Teak furniture is typically heavier than other options, making it more challenging to move or rearrange.
Color changes. While some appreciate the natural patina that teak develops over time, others may prefer its original golden-brown color. If you want to maintain its original color, regular maintenance is required.
METAL (ALUMINUM OR STEEL)
Durability. Metal furniture, particularly aluminum and stainless steel, is highly durable and resistant to rust, corrosion, and weather damage.
Lightweight. Aluminum furniture is lightweight and easy to move, while steel furniture offers sturdiness and stability.
Versatility. Metal furniture comes in a variety of styles, finishes, and designs, allowing for versatility in matching different outdoor aesthetics.
Low maintenance. Metal furniture requires minimal maintenance. Aluminum is naturally resistant to rust and doesn’t require any additional treatments. Stainless steel may require additional cleaning and polishing to maintain its appearance.
Heat retention. Metal furniture can become hot when exposed to direct sunlight, making it uncomfortable to sit on without cushions or shade.
Cold sensation. In cooler climates, metal furniture may feel cold to the touch, making it less comfortable without the addition of cushions.
Price variations. The cost of metal furniture can vary depending on the quality, design, and material used, with stainless steel options typically being more expensive.
It’s important to note that the quality and craftsmanship of the furniture can impact its overall performance and durability regardless of the material chosen. Proper care and maintenance, along with considering your specific needs and climate, will help you make an informed decision about the best material for your outdoor furniture.
Creating a Luxurious & Inviting Atmosphere
Luxury outdoor furniture plays a vital role in creating a sophisticated and comfortable atmosphere for entertaining. By investing in luxury furniture, you provide your guests with a refined and welcoming environment where they can relax, socialize, and enjoy memorable moments. Creating an inviting outdoor space for entertaining guests involves thoughtful planning and the right combination of seating arrangements and outdoor accessories. Here are some ideas to consider:
1. COMFORTABLE SEATING ARRANGEMENTS
• Lounge seating: Create a cozy lounge area with sofas, loveseats, or sectional seating. Incorporate plush cushions and throw pillows for added comfort.
• Outdoor bar: Consider a bar or high-top table with stools for casual and social seating options.
2. OUTDOOR ACCESSORIES
• Outdoor rugs: Define different areas within your outdoor space by adding outdoor rugs. They can add texture, color, and warmth to your seating areas.
• Fire pit or fireplace: A fire feature can serve as a focal point and provide warmth and coziness. It encourages conversation and creates a relaxing ambiance. Explore EcoSmart Fire’s award-winning indoor/outdoor fire pits at Cantoni.
• Outdoor decor: Enhance the visual appeal with decorative elements such as potted plants, sculptures, wall art, or hanging planters that reflect your personal style.
3. VERSATILE FURNITURE
• Modular seating: Opt for modular furniture that can be easily rearranged to accommodate different group sizes or seating preferences. A great example of this is Omada from Gloster, which comes in separate sections that can be arranged together in whatever configuration works best for you and your space.
• Ottomans or poufs: Provide flexible seating options by incorporating ottomans or poufs that can be used as footrests or extra seating when needed.
4. OUTDOOR COOKING & SERVING
• Outdoor kitchen: Install an outdoor kitchen area with a grill, countertop space, and storage, allowing you to prepare and serve meals without having to go back indoors. Check out Aster Cucine’s Outdoor collection for durable kitchen designs that will elevate any outdoor space with their custom Italian designs.
• Outdoor bar carts: A bar cart is a convenient addition for serving drinks and refreshments to your guests.
Remember to consider the layout and flow of your outdoor space, ensuring there is ample room for guests to move around comfortably. Tailor the design elements to your personal style and the overall theme of your outdoor area. By combining comfortable seating, inviting accessories, and thoughtful design, you can create an outdoor space that is perfect for entertaining guests.
Keeping Your Outdoor Furniture Looking Like New
Maintaining and caring for your luxury outdoor furniture is essential to preserve its beauty, functionality, and longevity. Here are some tips to help you keep your furniture in excellent condition:
Dusting. Use a soft brush or cloth to remove dust and debris from your furniture surfaces regularly.
Gentle cleaning solution. Prepare a mild cleaning solution by mixing water with a gentle soap or dishwashing liquid. Use a soft sponge or cloth to clean the furniture. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that may damage the materials.
Rinse thoroughly. After cleaning, rinse the furniture thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.
Cushion maintenance. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning and care of your cushions. Some outdoor fabrics may be removable and machine washable, while others may require spot cleaning. Ensure cushions are completely dry before storing or covering them to prevent mold or mildew growth.
Stain removal. Treat stains promptly with appropriate stain removers or specialized outdoor fabric cleaners. Test any cleaning products on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure they do not cause discoloration or damage.
Covers. Consider using protective covers when your furniture is not in use or during inclement weather. Covers help shield the furniture from UV rays, moisture, dirt, and debris, extending its lifespan.
Umbrellas or shade protectors. Use umbrellas, awnings, or pergolas to provide shade and protect your furniture from direct sunlight, which can cause fading or damage over time.
Furniture pads. Place furniture pads or glides on the bottom of your furniture legs to prevent scratching or damage to the flooring surface.
Seasonal storage. If your furniture will not be used during certain seasons, store it in a clean, dry, and well-ventilated area. Make sure the furniture is completely dry before storage to prevent mold or mildew growth.
Disassemble if necessary. If your furniture is designed to be disassembled, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper disassembly and storage. This helps prevent damage and makes storage more compact.
Check for damage. Regularly inspect your furniture for any signs of damage, loose screws, or wear and tear. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage or potential safety hazards.
Treat wood furniture. If you have teak or other wooden furniture, you may choose to apply a sealant or teak oil periodically to maintain its appearance and protect it from the elements. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the appropriate treatment.
By following these maintenance and care tips, you can help ensure that your luxury outdoor furniture remains in excellent condition, allowing you to enjoy its beauty and comfort for years to come. Check out our recent blog that goes into more depth about proper luxury furniture care and maintenance.
By investing in luxury outdoor furniture, you can effectively extend your living and dining space beyond the confines of your home. Your backyard, patio, or balcony will become a functional and inviting area where you can relax, entertain, and enjoy the outdoors. It also provides you with the opportunity to make the most of your property and create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living.
We hope that these helpful tips and tricks put you in the right mindset to create a truly stunning outdoor space that you can call your own. At Cantoni, our outdoor furniture collection spans pieces that will allow you to enjoy every part of your outdoor space, from spectacular sofas and sectionals to dining tables, lounge chairs, umbrellas, lighting, and more.
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