With this in mind, it’s absolutely worth it to invest in durable pieces that you love and that will also last a long time. This goes for furniture, lighting fixtures, and accessories.
When it comes to durability, natural materials—stone, marble, granite—are a safe bet, even if they require a little more upkeep. Plus, natural materials never go out of style.
For the eco-conscious, you may want to pay attention to what is sustainably made. “While some heavy-duty plastic furniture is going to last a long time, it’s going to last too long—they’re not necessarily good for the environment,” Michael says, highlighting that some options are more eco-friendly than others. “Using natural products is going to be a lot friendlier for the environment.”
Materials like aluminum, stainless steel, and certain types of hardwood (teak, eucalyptus, cedar, etc.) are great quality options that can withstand the weather and hold their form well in an outdoor space while also being eco-friendly. Even if they need to be treated or stained, they are still more environmentally friendly. Concrete is another hardy material that can be used to create outdoor furniture and other features.