It’s the start of a new decade, and there’s no better time to invest in some quality garden furniture. But home design trends move quickly, and outdoor spaces are no exception. This year is an opportunity to revitalise your garden and make it into somewhere that looks good and feels good. When you redecorate your garden terrace, make sure you’re picking furniture that looks good, feels good, and stands the test of time both in terms of design and function.
We’ve all seen design ideas that look great on Instagram but aren’t that useful in reality. For 2020, choose garden furniture that has style and function. Think about the materials you’re buying: you want something that’s hard-wearing to withstand the elements, but doesn’t look like you bought it from a campsite car boot sale. There are a few ways you can go with this, depending on your design aesthetic.
Windsor Butterfly Dining Furniture
Wooden garden furniture has a classic look that will go well in any garden, but it’s important to know which wood is best. Teak holds its own in a rainstorm but can be cumbersome. Eucalyptus is a great alternative, being both hard-wearing and light, making for portable furniture that looks stylish and sleek.
If you want something with a bit of a modern twist, you can’t go far wrong with metal garden furniture. Usually made of aluminium, metal pieces are super lightweight, so they’re ideal for those who need to store their furniture indoors when not in use.
Otherwise, just use a simple furniture cover to protect your set.
Sala Rattan Corner Set
Another classic garden look is rattan garden furniture. This style of weaved wood makes for sturdy furniture that’s rainproof, long-lasting and affordable. Garden benches work particularly well in rattan and, coupled with cushions, make for great comfortable seating. Another popular choice is rattan cube garden furniture, whose design makes for sturdy surfaces that are still lightweight enough to move around with ease.
Rattan works well with every design from a small bistro set all the way up to a large dining set.
Once you’ve thought about the kind of furniture you’re looking for you can start to build a design aesthetic for your outdoor spaces. Here are a few easy ways to make your garden really pop.
The biggest new trend in garden furniture is treating your garden terrace just like another room. If you wouldn’t put a rickety, weather-beaten old chair in your living room, why put one in your garden? After all, for a lot of houses the garden is the first part of the house your guests see, you want to make a good first impression. This means making sure your furniture is something you can be happy with.
If your garden chairs are as important as your living room sofa, you’ve got to make sure they’re comfortable. Make your garden furniture comfortable with cushions and throw pillows, and store some blankets nearby so you can stay out after the sun goes down. After all, there’s no point having garden furniture if you’re not going to use it. Plus, soft furnishings are a great way to achieve a united design aesthetic between your garden and your home. Put in the effort and you’ll never want to go back inside.
Another way to cosy-fy your outdoor spaces is to accessorise, just like you would with your living room. Take a look around any living room and you’ll probably find more than a couple of chairs. Elements like garden tables, pedestals, trays and anything else you would normally use to decorate your living room can be set outside to bring your garden spaces to life. The best thing about these items is they have practical value as well as aesthetic pleasure, making your terrace into a fully-fledged living space, or even the perfect outdoor area to complement a home bar.
These accessory choices don’t all have to be indoor pieces. Accessories like parasols can make your outdoor spaces more comfortable and have the added bonus of keeping your garden furniture in a united aesthetic.
If you’re struggling to come up with design ideas for your outdoor areas, all you need to do is look around. One of the hottest trends in garden furniture for 2020 is also one of the oldest: taking inspiration from the natural world. There are lots of ways to do this, from picking earthy tones like terracotta and green leaf, to finding furniture designed to mimic natural forms. Keeping your garden furniture natural will make sure your terrace stays in harmony with your garden and promotes feelings of harmony and calm.
If you fancy yourself a designer and you want a really cohesive outdoor space, try implementing a whole new design aesthetic when shopping for garden furniture. By picking a unified style rather than buying individual pieces instantly elevates your space, much like any indoor redesign. Take inspiration from other countries: think of Japan with its dark wood and clean lines, the bright whites and minimalist furniture of the Mediterranean, or go Scandinavian with natural wood effects and colourful accessories.
Remember, if you want the designer look but don’t have the time, have a look at garden sets. Buying a complete collection of chairs and tables gives you a united style without any of the effort. Just try and be in-keeping with your interior decorating. Remember: you want your outdoors to be an extension of your indoors.
By following these tips you can be sure you’ll have a stylish outdoor space that works for you and your lifestyle. This year, craft a garden that you can be proud of.
So there you have it, the hottest garden furniture trends at the moment. Many of these sets work well outdoors and in, so if you’re looking to furnish a new garden building conversion, let no further.