When decorating your outdoor areas you may want to consider adding some all weather wicker furniture to set off the environment. Wicker is a fantastic material for furniture outdoor, or for any room in your house. A good quality all weather wicker can last forever, plus it is easy to maintain.
While choosing your wicker your main focus will be on the design and colour. This is because wicker furniture are all made of the same material. You can get wicker in many colours as it is generally painted, but white, black and natural are the most common.
It is also a good idea to check the manufacturer's warranty. Most have a warranty of up to several years. You may also want to look into PVC covers or some type of protection for your outdoor wicker furniture during extremes of winter weather.
Another option for outdoor wicker furniture is to buy resin coated items. These will withstand the elements and last even longer than standard wicker. Rein coated wicker is easy to spot because of its shiny appearance.
These days synthetic wicker is becoming popular, and the finish can be so good it's hard to tell the difference between it and the real thing. High quality manufacturers of these synthetics can mimic wicker texture and finishes extremely well.
High end synthetic wicker furniture is actually woven over a frame, just like real wicker furniture. For outdoor wicker furniture the "wicker" is made from a polypropylene weather resistant material which is then woven over a durable aluminium frame. They are then be finished off with weather resistant pillows. Sunbrella is a very popular weather resistant fabric which also resists stains and mildew.
Wicker is also easy to look after. Outdoors you can just wipe over it with a sponge, or even hose it down. This make this type of furniture one of the best choices for outdoor living.
Using all weather wicker furniture outside gives you limitless design ideas. There are many creations to choose from nowadays from replicas of old style chairs and tables to more modern and contemporary designs.
The web is a great place to buy wicker furniture, and many bargains can be found on sites like ebay.
Here is a great selection of wicker furniture to get you started.