Eco-Friendly Adirondack Chairs: Classic Style, Green Design
Adirondack chairs are instantly recognizable all over the world, even though they were first invented in Westport, New York, and have a distinctly American design. Despite their American look, Adirondack chairs are popular everywhere.
The first Adirondack chair was made of wood – wood native to upstate New York, the Northeastern United States and Canada however, Adirondack chairs have been made out of a variety of different materials in recent years.
Eco-friendly composite Adirondack chairs are made in a variety of different styles, and can fit any type of home without the need for natural lumber, which is in short supply in many regions.
Composite Adirondack chairs can also be more affordable than traditional Adirondack chairs made of more expensive woods like teak and walnut.
The Benefits of Composite Adirondack Chairs
Traditional Adirondack chairs can look great outside of a home, but there are some benefits to buying composite Adirondack chairs over traditional ones.
● Composite Adirondack chairs don’t rely solely on wood. That means that their production isn’t as damaging to the environment.
● Eco-friendly Adirondack chair manufacturers use processes that avoid hazardous chemicals that are toxic to the earth and the people buying them.
● Typically, composite Adirondack chairs cost a little bit less than traditional chairs made of certain types of wood. Of course, this can vary based on the type of composite Adirondack chair you buy.
Composite Adirondack Chairs to Match Any Style
Traditional Adirondack chairs have a tendency to look somewhat rustic. While you can certainly find composite Adirondack chairs with a rustic look, you’ll also be able to find chairs in the Adirondack style that work beautifully with other types of home décor, depending on what type of home you have.
Most people wouldn’t choose an Adirondack chair for a modern backyard or porch, but that’s only because the traditional designs didn’t lend themselves to the sleek lines and styling of a contemporary space.
Today, you can find Adirondack chairs in three-panel designs or vertical panel designs that suit contemporary exteriors very well. Composite Adirondack chairs can be made to look like teak – a type of wood commonly used in contemporary spaces – or they can be painted to match the color scheme of your home.
Some Adirondack chairs can even be made to look like completely different materials altogether, like metal or stone, for example, if they’re given the right paint job.
Transitional homes are homes that aren’t too traditional or too modern. That means you probably don’t have a lot of antiques around, but you probably don’t have a lot of steel or glass, either – things that are synonymous with very stylized types of décor.
In a transitional home, a variety of composite Adirondack chairs could work for you. Chairs in classic three or five panel designs, or even a horizontal panel design, will blend in with the rest of your outdoor décor.
Composite Adirondack chairs made to look like wood might be your first choice, but painted Adirondack chairs could add a splash of color to your home, especially if planned around your garden, flowers or trees that grow wild in your area.
Traditional homes tend to look best with Adirondack chairs made to look like they’re solid wood. However, Adirondack chairs made from solid wood can wear easily over time, and they can be incredibly expensive.
With composite Adirondack chairs, you’ll get the look you want without breaking the bank, and without having to replace your chairs every few years because of harsh weather.
When choosing a style, most people with traditional homes stick with conventional looking three, four or even five-panel designs with vertical panels. However, there’s nothing to say you can’t mix and match vertical and horizontal panels, or choose a composite Adirondack chair with uniquely-shaped arms and have it work with traditional décor.
Marcela De Vivo is founder of Gryffin Media and a freelance writer in the Los Angeles area. Her articles very on topic from health and wellness, to tech, to interior design.
Photo courtesy of Adirondack Authority.
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