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Transitional Spaces: How Your Adirondack Furniture Can Help

Transitional spaces are an important part of any yard. It is often hard to know what to do with these zones; fortunately, Adirondack patio furniture might be an ideal solution.

Transitional spaces are those areas that lead from one part of a living space to another. A properly designed transitional area can make certain areas look larger, while directing traffic and the overall flow of energy. Examples of transition areas include gates, pathways and entrances; the front door and surrounding area; and the steps to a deck.

Features such as decks, fences and border plantings help distinguish transitional areas from living areas. For instance, a covered arbor would be a lovely transition area between different "rooms" in your garden. Other transitional spaces are areas that lead from the inside to the outside of your home. If your outdoor living area is an extension of your indoor space, you want this transition to occur as seamlessly as possible.

Too often, transitional spaces are little more than a bland connection between two beautiful outdoor living areas. Instead of seeing transitional spaces as wasted space that visitors must simply traverse to reach more usable parts of your yard, challenge yourself to think of them as focal points. When considered in this light, it can be tempting (and pleasant!) to decorate or adorn transitional areas with various items, according to your artistic interest and personal style. Everything from rocks to garden pots can beautify and emphasize your transitional spaces.

Why Adirondack Furniture is Perfect for Transitional Spaces

If you have a large- to medium-sized transitional area in your outdoor living space, or an area such a deck that you would like to use for socializing or relaxing, you might consider adding Adirondack patio furniture for the following reasons:

1. Adirondack furniture is low to the ground. When designing transitional spaces, itís smart to maintain a clear viewpoint between each "room" youíre connecting. For instance, in the transition between a living room and your deck, a clear sightline creates the impression of more space and gives viewers a tempting taste of what can be enjoyed outdoors. Because it is low to the ground, Adirondack patio furniture is a perfect choice for preserving the line of sight across transitional spaces.

2. It complements flora perfectly. Designers recommend adding lots of plants to your transitional spaces. Thatís because plants add life and soften transitional edges. Moreover, guests are naturally more inclined to wander down a plant-lined path than one thatís boring and lifeless. Adirondack furniture is an excellent accompaniment for plants, as the natural materials and wood finish help it blend well with flora.

3. It creates a stunning view. Design gurus recommend adding attractive furniture, plants and accessories to your transitional spaces, as beauty naturally draws people forward. Entice visitors to your transitional zones by adding Adirondack furniture. Adirondack patio furniture has a classic beauty; the chairs usually feature rounded backs and contoured seats. This style has also been translated to other furniture, such as gliders and love seats. Wide armrests are a hallmark feature of this style of chair. All in all, the simple lines and comfortable features of Adirondack patio furniture make it an attractive addition to your transitional zones.

4. Itís durable and easy to store. Adirondack patio furniture is often made from wood such as hemlock, cedar or teak but it may also be constructed of plastic lumber or engineered wood. Your Adirondack furniture is likely to last a long time Ė you certainly wonít have to buy a new set every year.

Adirondack furniture can be refinished and stained each year to maintain a "like new" appearance. Recycled plastic Adirondack chairs, as well as the teak versions, are basically maintenance-free. These characteristics make Adirondack furniture perfect for outdoor living areas, including transitional spaces. Less durable furniture would not last as long in outdoor conditions.

Moreover, folding Adirondack chairs are now available, meaning you wonít have to strain your back storing away your Adirondack patio furniture for the winter.

5. Itís available in many colors. Another tip from design experts on how to maximize your transitional spaces: Think about color. Aim to match your garden furniture to the colors of the nearest interior or exterior room. Complementary or matching colors help create a sense of continuity from the transitional space to the next living area.

Adirondack furniture is available in a rainbow of colors. Wood Adirondack chairs may be painted, and recycled plastic Adirondack patio furniture is available in a variety of fade-free tones. If your backyard oasis features a blue theme, for example, youíll have no problem finding blue Adirondack furniture for your transitional spaces.