The Ultimate Patio Decorating Quiz
Your friends just purchased a new home and remember that you sometimes boasted about your extensive knowledge about decorating patios. They have already seen your patio and they want your help decorating theirs. Check your knowledge by taking this quiz before heading out for your first visit.
Question 1 of 20
What is the basic rule of thumb for selecting a color for patio furniture?
... Let your creative juices flow! When it comes to a color for patio furniture, anything goes.
Question 2 of 20
What was the retail price of the original Adirondack chair?
... The original Adirondack chair sold for the low price of only four dollars. Of course, that was in 1905, but it was still inexpensive compared to today’s $1,200 price tag.
Question 3 of 20
Which piece of living room furniture had its humble start as porch chair?
... The La-Z-Boy recliner had its humble beginnings as a piece of porch furniture.
Question 4 of 20
What is the most important consideration to keep in mind when selecting patio furniture?
... To obtain maximum durability and long life from your patio furnishings you should choose items designed for all-weather use.
Question 5 of 20
What should you consider if your patio is visible to traffic or in the front of your home?
... Make an effort to match your furniture choices to the prevailing architecture. You probably would not want your neighbors to consider your patio an eyesore.
Question 6 of 20
What is considered a favorite design trend for furnishing a modern patio?
... The outdoor kitchen is a very popular patio choice lately. Many people enjoy the convenience of a full kitchen center with everything handy over the standalone barbecue.
Question 7 of 20
Besides enjoying the great outdoors, what is one benefit of an outdoor kitchen?
... Taking the heat generated by cooking out of the kitchen will save you money on air conditioning costs. Having a refrigerator on the patio also means fewer trips to the icebox for a cold drink.
Question 8 of 20
What is the main disadvantage of having an outdoor kitchen?
... The cost of a full outside kitchen can be $35,000 or more. It may not be worth the price if you live in an area with a short outdoor season.
Question 9 of 20
What is essential for your patio besides furniture?
... It is essential to have a convenient electrical outlet or outlets available on your patio in order to avoid the necessity of extension cords. To prevent a shock hazard, make sure that electrical circuits available outdoors are protected by a Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) circuit breaker or that the electrical outlets are the GFI variety.
Question 10 of 20
What is a good option for lighting walkways and shrubbery around your patio?
... Solar lights use the sun to charge batteries and give illumination for up to 15 hours on a single charge. They can be installed anywhere that has exposure to the sun.
Question 11 of 20
What is considered a great patio lighting option that most people can install by themselves?
... Low-voltage lighting is a safe option for a do-it-yourself individual. There are many low-voltage lighting options to choose from that allow you to use creativity when illuminating your leisure space.
Question 12 of 20
What should you be careful about when installing outdoor lighting?
... Make sure your outside lights are not annoying your neighbors or you when you are inside. Avoid shining outdoor lights directly into windows.
Question 13 of 20
What lighting option should you consider for greater security and safety?
... Consider installing a photocell, timers or motion sensors on your outside lighting to increase safety and discourage thieves.
Question 14 of 20
Pools, hot tubs and stairs are places for:
... Make sure that you install ample lighting in places like pools, hot tubs and stairways. These places present increased safety or tripping hazards.
Question 15 of 20
What is one good alternative to a wooden lattice to add privacy to your deck or patio?
... A vinyl lattice is a great low maintenance alternative to a wooden one. Vinyl gives the same airy effect but requires little or no maintenance compared to its wooden cousin.
Question 16 of 20
What is one of the most flexible options to add privacy to your patio?
... Bamboo or vinyl curtains are one of the most flexible options for adding privacy to your deck or patio. You can raise and lower individual blinds in order to control sun exposure and minimize prying eyes.
Question 17 of 20
One good way to create a relaxing focal point around your patio is to:
... Most people consider the sounds of bubbling or flowing water relaxing. There are many options available to help you add a fountain, an imitation stream or a waterfall.
Question 18 of 20
What is one great way to bring that camping-out feeling to your patio?
... There is nothing like getting cozy around a fire pit when a night gets chilly. Not many people are able to resist a crackling fire when the sun goes down.
Question 19 of 20
What is your best friend when dealing with outdoor spaces?
... Anything that adds texture, such as hanging plants, bamboo curtains, ferns and latticework covered in ivy are all great options for spicing up your outdoor space.
Question 20 of 20
What is the main advantage of solar lighting versus other more traditional options?
... With solar lighting, there are no wires to run and there is no need for a nearby electrical outlet. As long as the area where you wish to place them has exposure to the sun, you are in business.
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