Eames Lounge Chairs wouldn’t be the first choice of most people when it comes to decorating outdoor spaces. Certainly, decorating any space with such an iconic piece of furniture calls for a deeper understanding of the design context into which it was first introduced. But when it comes to decorating outdoor spaces… Well, things get more complicated.
The mid-century modern design began on in the mid-1940s and lasted until the late 1960s, though it’s now enjoying a resurgence of popularity. Once you understand the elements of mid-century modern design style combined with decorating outdoors, you can incorporate it into your outdoor spaces to evoke the era of your Eames Lounge Chair.
Before you can start decorating your outdoor space with an Eames Lounge Chair, you need to make some important decisions. Are you aiming at fashion or function? Are you seeking to build a soothing sanctuary or a vibrant conversation starter? Many choices to make!
That’s where we stores like Barcelona Designs and Manhattan Home Design, a small business in NYC and one of the fastest-growing companies in America, come in. We’ve asked them to teach us how to decorate outdoor spaces using the Eames Lounge Chair.
Rest assured that the Eames Lounge Chair can help you make your patio — whatever the size — into an outdoor living space that you can party, relax, entertain, or all-of-the-above all year long.
What are the best materials for outdoor furniture?
Have you ever been scorched by a patio lounger? When decorating outdoor spaces you need to take into consideration that some climates are harder on materials and bottoms alike. For instance, rain can lead to rust, rot, and mildew. Sun exposure can lead to fading and warping. Temperature swings can lead to cracking.
Make sure your Eames Lounge Chair is not exposed to weather elements for long periods of time of some of these things will eventually happen to it. Just to give you some peace of mind, we are going to go over a few tried-and-true materials that make our Eames Lounge Chair replicas able to endure for summers on end and age gracefully while they’re at it.
- Wood: The plywood veneers that we use on our Eames Lounge Chair Replicas are an excellent choice for all climates. Durable and beautiful, these plywood veneers gain character with age, developing a beautiful patina over time.
- Aluminum: Aluminum, like the ones we use building the base of our Eames Lounge Chair replicas, is strong, durable, and weather-resistant on its own. When paired with a powder coating, like the one we use, it combats weather like the lightweight champion it is. Aluminum is a non-ferrous metal so its impervious to rust.
- Leather: we wouldn’t be crazy enough to recommend you using a leather chair on a poolside patio, but otherwise —and as long as you don’t keep it under weather exposure for long periods of time— there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use leather on outdoor furniture. There’s always faux leather, available in our Eames Lounge Chair replicas, that’s a great alternative for outdoor furniture.
Set the Mood with Ambience and Lighting
Once that you know the materials and the furniture you’re going to use —and we’ll go further on how to maximize the use of our Eames Lounge Chair replica outdoor, bear with us a bit longer— we need to talk about setting the mood with ambience and lighting, the best allies you can have while decorating outdoors.
Yes, you can always go with candlelight, a romantic classic. But if candles are your only source of light, imagine the awkward, intimate encounter you’ll have when your neighbors pop by.
Use some strategically placed lighting in your patio instead. The right lighting will keep the conversation flowing until late but it will also make your patio more accessible to all your guests.
Consider these three types of outdoor lighting:
- Ambient Lighting: This will set the general light level of your outdoor space. Think of pot lights, hanging lights, and post lights.
- Task Lighting: This will cover safety and security by illuminating pathways and doorways. You wouldn’t want a drunken guest to tripping over the doorstep trying to back home, right?
- Accent Lighting: This will tie your overall aesthetic together. Think of a pendant lamp over your dining table or string lights over your sitting area. Accent lighting is what makes you want to stay outside until the sun comes up.
Now that we’ve cleared materials, furniture and lighting off our table, we can focus on our main item, the Eames Lounge Chair.
Decorating Outdoor Spaces with the Eames Lounge Chair
A glorious chair signaling the American high point in furniture innovation, the Eames lounge chair, and ottoman is a perfect addition to any home. After browsing through our previous posts with the Eames lounge chair in fabulous furniture setups, we’ve gathered a less-used environment for the Eames lounge chair replica: the outdoors. If you doubted the versatility of the Eames lounge chair, this round-up of displays is a surefire way to change this.
Eames Lounge Chair on a Poolside, really?
Yes, it might sound crazy but the Eames lounge chair replica fits right in, even beside a pool. While outdoor furniture is the most ideal for the outdoors, adding nonconventional pieces can enliven any outdoor space. The Eames lounge chair is great beside a pool, it just needs to be placed accordingly to the splash zones of those using the pool. So if you have a heavy splasher, the Eames lounge chair should be moved farther away from the edge of the pool.
Otherwise, the Eames lounge chair is an apt addition to a pool setting since this is the area people flock to in search of relaxation and fun in the sun. The Eames lounge chair replica can provide this kind of relaxation and should not only be bound to the indoors, as lounging is not solely for the indoors.
Eames Lounge Chair in a Natural Scenery
Whether it’s in a backyard or the side of a home, the Eames lounge chair replica matches outdoor environments with its own natural elements. The wooden veneers and wooden makeup of the chair come from real oak and rosewood trees. Their color compliments the bark of nearby trees or autumnal leaves.
As in this scenario, the light wood of the Eames lounge chair replica sits nicely atop a beige road. While this may seem unpractical, there are situations that necessitate the Eames lounge chair replica outdoors as in this scenario. Barbeques, family reunions, outdoor parties, and receptions are events that are apt to host the Eames lounge chair replica. This presence of this lounge chair will improve any occasion with its slick design and body-hugging comfort.
Eames Lounge Chair in a Balcony or Verandas
For elevated outdoor spaces such as balconies, verandas, and stoops, the Eames lounge chair replica proves to be a sufficient decorator. Like the other photos show, the Eames lounge chair reproduction is appropriate as a stand-alone piece. However, it works well with other furniture that needs not look like the Eames lounge chair. In this scenario, two like armchairs and a few side tables complete a living-like area that also works great for balconies.
With the backdrop of greenery, the Eames lounge chair stuns even more so than it does within the capacity of walls. Even if you decide to take a simple route in furnishing a balcony, the Eames lounge chair works wonderfully. If you seek no other furniture or no other seating types, try two Eames lounge chairs, perfect for a relaxing evening with a beverage in one hand and your feet atop the ottoman.