Furnishing a Luxurious Rooftop Terrace

bench1Does your rooftop terrace or balcony resemble a makeshift junkyard where you dump shabby furniture, wilted potted plants, and unused bicycles? Or is creating an ambiance fit for that neglected outdoor living area’s sky-high view too challenging?

The key design steps below will help you transform any open-air location into a luxurious garden oasis for relaxing and entertaining. Then let your imagination blossom to envision a verdant retreat soaring above hectic city traffic. Soon, you’ll enjoy your extra living space that’s reaching for serenity in the clouds.

Comfy Flooring

Install distinctive flooring materials and colors strategically to partition one empty expanse into separate zones. Even without walls, that mimics moving between rooms. Choose barefoot-friendly composites over hard concrete or wood for splinter-free comfort and low upkeep. Or try quartzite or bluestone pavers for cool, smooth elegance.

Today’s outdoor rugs provide a soft, inviting feel that pads hard surfaces while adding style and color. Tucking narrow planter trays between pavers allows shaggy grasses and vegetation to sprout and spread for a naturally gentle forest-inspired floor. Synthetic turf adds a realistic and cushiony lawn look.

Well-Placed Greenery

If your balcony borders neighbors’ railings, create a leafy privacy wall. Surround the perimeter with vine-covered lattice screens or trellises, tall evergreens, planters, or fence panels with boxwood hedges to separate residential spaces. Position trees or shrubs to obscure undesirable views and lift everyone’s focus up to scenic vistas and fascinating cloud formations.

For your interior’s design to spill out onto your terrace, place furniture first. Then scatter foliage lightly throughout more prominent hardscapes. That will soften them while keeping panoramic scenes open. Low-maintenance options include minimizing foliage and installing an automated watering system. A programmed drip prevents greenery from withering under extreme sunlight.

Furniture Arranging

Your rooftop layout should mix functional and aesthetically pleasing looks that match your lifestyle. That might involve relaxing over morning coffee or evening cocktails, sunbathing, movie- or sports-watching parties, and/or wine tastings, meals, and celebrations for relatives and friends. A multi-purpose terrace could combine cozy seating and lounging areas, an exterior kitchen with grill, and a dining space.

To create a welcoming socializing setting, choose from Classic Teak’s luxury outdoor furniture like this mission-style deep-seating set. The sofa and two armchairs feature super-thick and soft cushions in numerous rugged, fade-resistant Sunbrella fabric colors. You also get coffee and side tables for refreshments.

bench2Chill, read, sunbathe, or nap on teak loungers with multiple adjustable positions. Reclining them flat adds more bench seating for extra guests. Select from assorted styles with padding, neck support, wheels, and built-in tables for sunscreen, drinks, and snacks. Mounting an all-weather television behind sliding panels on a swivel arm support enables multiple viewing angles from different seating locations.

Is your dining area in a restricted space or high-traffic zone? Try an option besides downsizing furniture. No one has to dodge scattered chairs in narrow or crowded walkways when you use benches instead. Just select teak furniture like this rectangular recycled table set. Choose from three sizes that come with two long side benches and a pair of short ones for the ends. Outdoor seating cushions soften any wood pieces that don’t include padding.

Weather Exposure

Teak is an ideal tropical hardwood for exterior conditions because it resists weather and pest’s worst onslaughts. Thanks to exemplary materials, Classic Teak’s premium furniture is ultra strong and durable. Minimal care ensures lifetime use, eliminating replacement. Natural oils’ protective barriers make sealers or finishers unnecessary. To clean, just wipe off spills and stains.

Ground-level structures and trees serve as windbreaks that provide shade. But higher up on raised roofs, shielding people from intense sunrays and drafts is essential. Browse Classic Teak’s patio umbrellas for various styles, sizes, shapes, and colors. Look into our heavy-duty base for especially windy sites. Strong gusts can toss cushions around, so stow them in this handy storage box when no one’s using them. That sturdy wooden accessory also can double as extra seating.

Tricky Logistics Installations

Careful planning and organizing are crucial for decorating rooftop living and garden spaces. The logistics of getting furnishings high above residences with limited access can be tricky, requiring ingenuity. Hopefully, you can transport smaller pieces and plants in elevators instead of stairs. But you might need a crane for heavier items. Before starting your makeover, make sure that all applicable city building codes and condo/co-op building rules allow such renovations.

Outdoor Seating Cushion Colors, Care, and Storage

Weather-resistant cushions add color, style, and comfort to resilient teak patio, deck, porch, pool, and garden seating. Use these furniture and chair pad selection, cleaning, and storage tips to enhance your exterior spaces, encourage leisurely lingering, and extend wear.

Select Furniture

c2Browse Classic Teak’s outdoor furniture Product List for appropriate seating types. Click on the Benches section to explore classy 4- and 5-foot styles perfect for many external living areas. For Teak Chairs, check out side, arm, rocking, slumber, folding, and Adirondack options. Move on to the Steamers & Loungers category to pick between reclining chairs for lazing poolside or in other relaxing spots.

Choose Chair Pads

Then match high-performance pads to your teak furniture choices. Custom-designed Classic Teak cushions fit our seats securely. Durable construction materials resist mildew, rot, fading, and chemicals including chlorine. All come in assorted colors and patterns. For extra versatility, some offer many more casing options.

Cushion, rug, and accent shades influence every space’s mood. Various design and color theories can guide your chair pad selection. Solid tones and prints that complement your exterior settings create cohesive looks. Consider your home’s outer hues, furnishing materials, and plantings. If a large wall of windows and glass doors connects your inside and outside zones, choose furnishings and pillows that harmonize with your interior’s décor.

Bright hues and energetic motifs add visual interest in fun and fashionable ways. Use bolder tonal values and prints in external sites to balance nature’s fervent color palette. Combining three or more patterns creates diversity, lending richness to your outdoor settings. If you’re lucky enough to have incredible exterior views, choose subdued fabric intensities so they won’t compete with stunning vistas.

Skip red, an overdone choice, in favor of jewel tones including deep purples, pale to dynamic greens, and aquas that reflect nature’s wonders. Emphasize dark and light contrasting colors like basic black and white for a compelling look. Inject a perky burst of lime for a little extra pizazz. Warmer earth tones, cooler green tints, and calmer blues promote serenity. If you aren’t crazy about obvious dyes, stick to a tan or gray monotone range.

Clean Fabrics

Follow these Sunbrella® cushion care steps so textiles can avoid permanent damage:

  • Brush dirt off before it lodges into materials.
  • Wipe away spills as they occur for easiest removal.

New stains:

  • Use fresh, dry cloths to blot liquid spills without rubbing.
  • Treat oil-based substances with an absorbent dusting like cornstarch. Scrape off residue gently with any straight-edged tool.
  • Mix a mild solution of dish or laundry detergent with water. Spray on fabrics.
  • Rinse thoroughly to eliminate all soap.
  • Air dry.

If stains remain, follow directions below by cushion type:

Removable Casings

c1Hand washing:

  • Add 2 ounces of mild soap to each gallon of slightly warm water.
  • Soak fabrics.
  • Agitate stains lightly with soft brush bristles or sponges.
  • Rinse off soap completely.
  • Air dry cushions.

Machine washing:

  • Close zippers.
  • Pour gentle laundry detergent into cold water. For severe mildew or mold, add 8 ounces of bleach.
  • Use your washing machine’s delicate cycle.
  • Air dry.

Permanent Covers

Washing by hand:

  • Blend 2 ounces of mild soap into each lukewarm water gallon.
  • Allow fabrics to absorb sanitizing solution.
  • Clean textiles with soft brush bristles.
  • Remove soap residue by rinsing thoroughly.
  • Air dry.

Mildew and mold stain removal: Although Sunbrella fabrics resist these fungi, they might grow on foreign substances like dirt.

  • Pour 2 ounces of mild soap and 8 or more ounces of bleach into each water gallon.
  • Spray onto all casing sections, allowing 15 minutes for materials to absorb solution.
  • Wash all surface areas with soft brush bristles, sponges, or towels to prevent water stains or rings.
  • Rinse off cleaner thoroughly.
  • Air dry.

General cleaning tips include avoiding abrasive approaches like hard brush bristles and scrubbing. Protect furnishings surrounding Sunbrella covers when using chemical solvents to avoid accidental discolorations. Bleach may affect natural outdoor habitats adversely, so follow the label’s environmental and safety precautions. If material wrinkling occurs, set your iron on synthetics. Before pressing whole covers, test small portions in inconspicuous locations. Don’t use steam irons or garment steamers.

Store Pillows

Order teak storage boxes with easy-open hinged lids to protect your cushions during off-season periods. These finely crafted units withstand year-round weather conditions, shielding contents from the elements. Choose the appropriate exterior sizes and int

Replace Forgettable Fads With Stylish Outdoor Trends


1Smooth. Simple. Contemporary. Those words describe 2016’s updated exterior living vibe. Going out of favor are high-maintenance grassy lawns, ornate wrought-iron furniture, and fussy floral patterns. Materials that transition seamlessly between seasons, withstanding the elements are replacing everything with demanding upkeep, antique intricacies, and over-styled airs. The on-trend substitutes and inspiring makeover ideas below will transform your outdoor spaces into modern ideals.

Ground Surfaces

How do you want to spend your free time? Weeding, mowing, and trimming — or sipping a cool drink leisurely?

Preferred ways to reduce regular yard work include creating patios and decks as alternative foundation surfaces. Approach construction with an architect’s eye so additions will look and feel like original extensions of your home’s distinctive style — not afterthoughts. Anchor areas with faux green grass rugs to outline external rooms while reflecting your lawn’s natural splendor.

Clean Lines

In a fresh twist, popular groupings are pairing materials with clean lines and straight edges such as:

Concrete: Mixing this substance with resin and fiberglass tones down its harsh corners. In various forms, concrete elements are becoming decorative touches. Some designers are stamping concrete patio floors in tasteful ways. Others are placing slabs over legs of numerous materials as unique coffee table toppers. However you incorporate this craze, longwearing creations bring sleek, all-weather performance.

Teak: Break away from light or white furnishing colors in warm months. Minimal effort will preserve enduring teak’s original honey brown shade. Or skip routine care, allowing weather exposure to change this hardwood’s hue gradually to a finely aged silvery gray patina. Untreated, that tone will become a dark grayish green eventually. Despite its evolving appearance, resilient teak retains its durable strength.

Metals: Stainless steel’s gleaming appeal adds sharp definition as an outdoor accent. Need more seating for backyard bashes? Give metal-accented chairs cheerful facelifts. Spray painting fun colors over boring shades will sneak multihued character into party settings.

Dazzling Colors

The traditional overdone habit of tying outside scenes to surrounding blooms with floral prints is disappearing. That doesn’t mean downplaying looks with drab paleness. Vibrant solids are seizing notice. Vivid aquamarine and tangerine accents splash intensities that contrast against natural wood and fabricated slate-gray textures. Plush cushions, umbrellas, throw pillows, and blankets in those shades will soften hard furniture angles with colorful comfort. For extra zing, extend those standout tints in tableware, trays, candleholders, and planters.

Furniture Placement

Even without confining walls like interior rooms, furnishing arrangements can define separate living zones. Consider these modern examples featuring the decorating tips above.

Dining: To enjoy al fresco meals, combine Classic Teak furniture with stainless steel chairs. Our dining tables encompass oval, round, rectangular, and square shapes. Various dimensions will fit spaces from close and cozy to sizeable and spacious, accommodating up to 12 people. For greater versatility, check out extension, drop-leaf, and folding options. Create a casual elevated picnic by providing pillow and blanket padding under rectangular teak coffee tables. Scatter stainless steel lanterns for a mood-enhancing glow.

rocking chairVisiting: Arrange teak deck furniture such as club chairs around a concrete coffee table to organize a conversation area that exudes eclectic sophistication and sumptuous softness. Our deep-seating cushions come in a lavish array of 60 shades and patterns to suit diverse decor.

Weather protection: Choose from assorted patio umbrella styles, shapes, and sizes in fashionable colors to shield family and friends from sun and sprinkles. To make shading adjustments in especially sunny locations, consider tilting and cantilever models.

Movie night: Invite parents and kids to backyard movie night, a crowd favorite that brings everyone together under the stars. Position your projection screen with varied seating allowing good views. In the back, arrange outdoor furniture like teak chairs from club to beach and reclining types including slumber and lounge styles. Mix in your painted metal chairs for surprising color bursts. Place blankets and pillows in the front area. Prepare a snack bar offering multiple beverages, popcorn flavors, and candies.

Blanket stand: When nights start turning chilly after sundown, be ready to supply cozy warmth. A stationary or folding teak side table can double as a blanket stand. Stack folded quilts in a pile so shivering partiers can grab them as needed. Everyone will appreciate your forethought.

Accents: Work aquamarine and tangerine into cushion and umbrella fabrics along with other accent pieces. Or choose other tones that pop against your home’s exterior and foliage to renew your surroundings.

Contemporary Exterior Design Guide

tableModern external living spaces achieve the reigning chic internal aesthetic by combining eclectic elements. Complex layering of rugs, furniture, artwork, and lighting creates refined indoor settings. Apply that design strategy to personalize outdoor areas tastefully while transforming bland, blocky looks into stylish scenes. The art of mismatched mixing blends three ingredients: feasting and lounging pieces, distinctive accessories, and mood lighting.

Selecting Your Furniture Combination

Your climate and furniture care preferences are key factors affecting material choice. Teak’s resinous oils provide natural resistance to moisture, the elements’ drying effects, and insect damage. Sand-like silica creates density that helps this fine hardwood withstand water, shrinking, swelling, warping, rotting, fungal decay, and numerous chemicals. This beautiful timber endures year-round weather conditions, making it a low-maintenance favorite.

Measure your exterior zone’s overall dimensions to determine the furniture sizes it can accommodate. Choose smaller pieces for a restricted balcony but grander scales for a larger patio. Be sure everyone can navigate through your surrounding area comfortably without dodging tables and chairs. Sacrificing style to bedeck confined sites isn’t necessary. Classic Teak’s luxury outdoor furniture line showcases elegant space-saving solutions like this narrow oval bar table.

Steamer chairs are popular, long-lasting teak furniture options for lounging by the pool. Look for versatile convenience features. To shift from sunbathing to reading or chatting seamlessly, this style boasts multiple reclining positions. Classic Teak’s special wheel design enables easy mobility when you want to seek a cooler location offering midday shade. Your lounger folds quickly for out-of-season storage.

Pad seats with durable lounge chair cushions in your choice of green or white. Or Classic Teak will customize your order from a fashionable variety of Sunbrella® fabrics. Today’s high-performance materials are softer with greater suppleness and longer colorfast capacities than previous outdoor polyesters. So comfortable solid and patterned textiles resist rotting, mildew, chemicals, and fading while outlasting sun and rain exposure.

Now that we’ve collected our basic pieces, let’s place them in an assortment of delightful outdoor leisure retreats. Using the selections above in the following design exercise will help you visualize new teak furniture’s beautiful possibilities.

Creating a Unifying Theme

String a theme through odd furniture mixes to make seemingly incompatible choices mesh. A typical Miami Beach residence’s covered porch fuses pastel shades among furnishings of various eras and styles to evoke Southern Florida’s classic vibe. The teak steamer chair’s 5608 blue/green/yellow striped cushion will complement a blue rubber floor mat, midcentury green side tables, and pink flowers with yellow centers. Unless you follow a unifying motif, eclectic mishmashes can look like unkempt mistakes.

Applying Trendy Decorating Formulas

steamerEstablishing a neutral base: Before merging unique styles, choose a neutral color palette. Your new Classic Teak table and lounger share the same honey gold shade. Unite them with similar-tinted pieces like bamboo floor mats and wicker chairs. Varied textures prevent monochrome ensembles from seeming monotonous. Constructing a unicolor canvas will help extras such as bright chair cushions and patio umbrellas in vivid tones pop.

Pairing feminine with masculine styles: Soft curves and hard angles can clash sometimes. But complementary intermingling can convert the overall effect into surprisingly pleasant visual rhythms. Contrast linear pieces like boxy chairs and planters against items with spherical — not straight — shapes such as the oval teak table and circular dishes. Combing varieties in related subdued hues inspires happy cohabitation.

Mixing new, old, and natural components: To maximize interest, adorn outdoor spaces by highlighting dissimilar eras. Intersperse contemporary and vintage elements with organic touches like wood, metal, stone, or ceramics. Pull an unexpected mood together featuring a new Classic Teak table with retro metal chairs. Mismatched mealtime place settings that pick up tones from each will bridge the age gap as your integrating connection.

Weaving a colorful tale: Fashion an eccentric style/texture mash-up that shares one basic hue. That will ensure a carefully chosen — not chaotic — look and feel. A sustained tinge of vibrant color will link your teak lounger’s cushion with ethnic-inspired beach towels and kitschy pool floats.

Adding mood lighting: Entertaining and dining al fresco are special treats, so designer ambiance can elevate down-home barbecues to enchanting soirées. New weatherproof technologies are expanding historic illumination options. Embellish your teak bar table with antique lanterns or traditional hurricane candleholders. Hang gleaming pendants from trees. Perk up your pool with floating LED lamps. Combining generations of luminary solutions will heighten visual interest.

Outdoor Entertaining Tips for Summertime Socials

Longer days and warmer temperatures are ideal for hosting al fresco get-togethers.4 Think like a partygoer to decide what you would enjoy. Then step up your backyard summer entertaining with timely tips for comfy seating, mood lighting, delicious food, refreshing drinks, unique decor, and interesting discussions.

Set a Welcoming Scene

Mix outdoor furniture like elevated teak bar sets with this deep-seating teak sofa set. That combination invites guests to circulate between cozy meal and intimate conversation areas. Choose solid fabric colors and stripes for seat cushions that complement your home’s landscaping or architecture. Earth-tone and water-inspired

hues will suit exteriors of stately, older estates and stylish, modern homes.

Plan Your Menu

Serve refreshments that fit each gathering’s atmosphere. Hosting a formal affair? A caterer can handle everything from preparations through cleanup. For casual parties, create a spread of finger-food snacks including crackers, cold cuts, cheeses, chips, dips, olives, nuts, raw vegetables, and fresh fruits.

Offer 12 appetizers during cocktail parties. When serving dinner later, start with four to six hors d’oeuvres. Finish off meals with one 9-inch tart or pie per eight to 10 guests. Diverse room-temperature options will avoid problems with hot dishes cooling off and chilled desserts melting.

Create Beverage Stations

Feature beverage selections with and without alcohol. Stock various red and white wines, beers, and soft drinks. Supply specialties that specific audiences will prefer. Whip up virgin strawberry/banana daiquiris or smoothies for afternoon baby showers. Offer whiskey

to men and wine coolers to women. Budget around three servings per person typically.

Making time to relax and enjoy your guests is the secret to hosting great parties. Instead of devoting every moment to distributing and refilling drinks, create a self-serve beverage station so family and friends can help themselves. Just load up a teak ice box with assorted wines, beers, cocktail mixers, sodas, and ice. This durable tropical hardwood looks more elegant than foam and plastic coolers.

Avoid long bar lines at large events by establishing separate locations for different beverages throughout your party space. Place glasses, ice buckets, liquors, fruit garnishes, swizzle sticks, and cocktail napkins on adjacent tables or ledges. When using plastic cups, provide colored markers so everyone can personalize theirs with easy identifiers. Tie beer and soda bottle openers and wine corkscrews to ice box handles so guests won’t misplace them accidentally. Handy drains makes emptying easy after partiers go home.

Establish Ambience

3Consider lighting for summer soirées. Summon an enchanting evening glow by placing votive candles on coasters or elegant runners on dining and coffee tables. Everything and everyone looks better by candlelight. Increase visibility with patio lanterns and yard torches.

For daytime socials, place versatile rotating umbrellas with offset stands to shield seating zones from summer’s heated glare. Tilting canopies let you fine tune adjustments according to the sun’s movements, ensuring welcome respites throughout daylight. Choose from an array of colors that will reflect nature’s beauty in your outdoor living spaces.

Be Imaginative

Provide personal fans to everyone as party favors upon arrival. Use colored markers to personalize them with guests’ names. Set a relaxed tone for informal meals by rolling plastic cutlery in napkins or placemats and arranging them in rustic baskets.

Use accent pieces in clever ways. Fresh blooms elevate casual occasions. Skip centerpieces that might blow over in the wind. Instead, embellish every place setting with a single flower in a shot glass or mini clay pot as a take-home keepsake. Flaunt unexpected pairings like tortilla chips and salsa in margarita glasses. Enlist wooden cutting boards as serving trays. Stow breadsticks in vases for a classic Italian flair.

Inspire Conversations

Invite and introduce friends representing various ages, genders, locations, professions, and interests. If you think strangers will feel uncomfortable, include some motor-mouths. To avoid everyone congregating around the food, separate chatterboxes in multiple hot spots. Space teak ice boxes apart across from your buffet. Situate party games away from your central gathering area. Those tricks will encourage motion and conversation.

Asking friends to be hosting helpers is becoming a popular trend. They’ll relish the honor of joining your hospitality group. Shy recruits can turn their assigned duties like replenishing food/drink stations and directing traffic into icebreakers. All attendees, including you, are guests. So don’t stay so busy ensuring everyone else’s enjoyment that you forget to be sociable. Your events will be more memorable when you join in the fun.