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How to Select Fine Patio Art
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By: Doug Sanicola Email Article
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Artwork is a great way to dramatically enhance the look and feel of your patio or outdoor living space. Pottery, fountains, statuary and even paintings can really brighten your patio.

To help you select the right type of artwork, follow the tips in this article below.

Tip #1: Think About the Elements

The elements can severely destroy a piece of artwork that was made for a room in your home. You’ve got to really think about the elements when purchasing outdoor artwork. Rain, sunlight and strong winds can do some damage.

Thankfully, many luxury patio furniture stores sell durable patio artwork. You want to find strong durable statuary that won’t fade because of rain and sunlight. You’ll also want it to be able to withstand strong winds.

If you’re thinking about an outdoor painting or mural, make sure it was done with UV weather resistant paint.

Tip #2: Figure Out Your Theme

If you’ve ever visited an art museum, you’ll know that artwork is generally displayed by theme. You’ll want to do the same on your patio.

Look at your furniture and outdoor living space. What type of theme are you trying to create? Answering this question will help you figure out the best artwork for your patio or backyard.

When you’re at a furniture store, bring a photo of your patio. It will really help you to visualize the artwork at your home.

Tip #3: Think About Media

There are lots of different materials to consider when thinking about outdoor artwork. Some include cement, glass, metal, stone and wood. As your examining the media, think about how it will hold up on your patio.

Will the wood warp and crack? Will the metal rust? Will the cement or glass easily break?

Besides durability, consider how the media will compliment your furniture. You might want to mix it up with a concrete statue and a heavy-duty glass pot. There’s no right or wrong way to design your patio. It’s all based on your preferences.

Tip #4: Consider Your Color Options

Decorators often use artwork to add a pop of color to brighten up the space. When searching for statues, pottery or even outdoor paintings, look for colors that will compliment your outdoor theme.

For instance, you might want to consider red pottery if your patio has a lot of green colored furniture. Take a look at the color wheel to find colors that will bring harmony to your outdoor living space.

If you’re having trouble, consider consulting with a design specialist at a patio furniture design center.

Tip #5: Think About Your Garden

We often don’t think of plants when selecting artwork. But think about it … how many world famous paintings are pictures of nature?

In some sense, landscaping is an art form.

As you’re selecting artwork, think about the plants in your backyard. Maybe two trees or bushes can really help to frame a fountain. If you’re buying pottery, are you thinking about planting anything in it? Think about plants when purchasing artwork.

Following these five tips will help you find some great art for your patio. Be sure to take your time and bring a picture of your backyard to help with the shopping experience.

Doug Sanicola is the owner of Outdoor Elegance, a Southern California furniture retailer that specializes in lawn furniture as well as fire pits and hearths. Connect with Doug via his website at

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