When it comes to designing and decorating your outdoor patio, there’s no denying the appeal and versatility of natural elements. Stone benches and boulder seats not only provide additional seating options but also add a touch of rustic elegance to your patio decor.
In this blog post, we will explore how to best use these natural features in your outdoor space to create a rugged look without sacrificing style or functionality.
Consider the Style and Theme
Before incorporating stone benches and boulder seats into your patio, consider the overall style and theme you want to achieve. Is your patio designed with a contemporary aesthetic or have you incorporated more natural, rustic elements in other areas?
While stone seating can complement any type of existing design, having a specific goal in mind can help you determine the exact type of stone seating that’s best-suited for your space.
Placement and Configuration
The strategic placement of stone benches and boulder seats can greatly impact the visual appeal – and especially the functionality – of your outdoor space. Consider positioning benches along the edges of the patio to frame the area and create a welcoming entrance. Alternatively, you can create cozy corners by arranging boulder seats around a fire pit or a focal point like a water feature.
If there are any areas where you often run out of seating only when hosting friends and family, consider placing a stone bench in that space. That way you can accommodate your guests, and won’t have to put any chairs away when they leave.
Play with Shapes and Sizes
Stone benches and boulder seats come in a range of shapes and sizes, which means there’s a solution for spaces both large and small. If your patio has a rectangular layout, consider using a long, curved stone bench that follows the patio’s shape. This adds flow and elegance to the overall design. Mixing different-sized boulders can also create a dynamic and visually interesting arrangement.
Blend with the Surroundings
To ensure a cohesive patio design, choose stone benches and boulder seats that complement the natural surroundings. Consider the color palette of your patio pavers, the hues of your plants, flowers, and other landscaping features.
The primary appeal of stone seating is that it’s there when you need an extra seat, but unobtrusive and seamlessly functions as décor when you don’t. For example, placing a small stone bench in a garden won’t disrupt the natural look of the space.
Incorporate Cushions and Pillows
While stone benches and boulder seats provide a solid seating option, adding cushions and pillows can enhance both comfort and style. Choose weather-resistant fabrics in colors that complement the surrounding environment. This allows you to add a personal touch and pop of color while also making the seating area more inviting and comfortable for your guests.
Lighting and Accents
To make your stone benches and boulder seats truly shine after the sun goes down, consider incorporating lighting elements. Install soft, ambient lighting around the patio to highlight the seating areas and create a warm atmosphere.
Maintenance and Durability
Stone benches and boulder seats are renowned for their durability, but regular maintenance is essential to keep them looking their best. Clean them periodically with a mild detergent and water, and ensure they are properly sealed to protect against weathering and staining. Check for any cracks or damage, and repair them promptly to prevent further deterioration.
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