Colourful garden furniture is all around (if only the sunshine was too). Gone are the days when the choice for outdoor furniture was uninspiring wood or heavy wrought iron. If you wanted colour, you had to add a few bright cushions.
How things have changed. These days, outdoor furniture design is abreast of all the latest trends. New materials and technologies mean that garden chairs, sofas and tables are increasingly colourful and durable, plus they’re lighter and more comfortable too. Smiles all round, I think.
So here’s our round-up of some of the latest colourful garden furniture to bring style and sparkle to your outdoor space.
Contemporary colourful garden furniture
Top of page and above: inspired by the iconic Acapulco chair, the bold and bright Salsa Garden Furniture range from John Lewis. Colours include bright Saffron and Palm (blue/green) and a quieter Storm Grey.
There are also a couple of ombre colourways. I’m rather coveting the 2-Seater Garden Sofa in Pastel Ombre, above, with its gorgeous pink and mustard combination.
I could not love the fabulous Basket Outdoor Lounge Set more, also from John Lewis & Partners. How genius is this sophisticated combination of terracotta, pink and black? On a practical note, the synthetic rope weave and lightweight powder-coated aluminium frames are easy maintenance, whilst the plump cushions are shower-resistant. There’s a more neutral colourway (natural/pale grey) available too, and the pieces can also be bought individually.
Deckchairs and directors chairs are outdoor furniture classics, and rightly so. They’re very affordable, fantastically versatile, and Habitat have a great range in contemporary patterns and colours. (I bought two Habitat directors chairs over 13 years ago for a tiny studio flat, and they’re still going strong as garden chairs today).
And don’t miss the Jambi collection of colourful outdoor furniture, above, also from Habitat. Totally tropical!
How handy is the lightweight Bebop Outdoor Side Table by outdoor specialists Fermob? Available in several cheery colours, move it around your outdoor space with ease. There’s also the Bebop Low Table in Lagoon Blue, below.
The Copa range of colourful garden furniture from MADE brings together clean angular shapes and stunning graphic effects thanks to the colour combinations of its woven designs.
The versatile and sociable Copa Lounge Set comprises an outdoor sofa, two armchairs and low table. Discover the entire colourful Copa Collection – as well as being stylish, it’s made from durable, low-maintenance synthetic rattan and powder coated metal.
Another favourite is this woven Garden Rocker, above, part of their contemporary, colourful Pya collection.
These stylish Hot Mesh Chairs by Blu Dot would be top of my shopping list if I was looking for new outdoor chairs. The range comprises dining chairs (above), lounge chair, bar stool and armchair (below in grey) plus ottoman. In a range of colours, they’re stackable and absolutely fantastic for indoors too. A best-selling chair in their native USA, you can find them exclusively at Heal’s in the UK.
Above is the Hot Mesh Outdoor Lounge Chair in Aqua – love!
Also from Heal’s is the Eos Outdoor Furniture range in black, white and rust, above. This earthy, rich colour is warm and vibrant, and you can buy the tables, bench, dining chairs and armchairs separately to build your own outdoor furniture set.
The colourful Emu ‘Arc en Ciel’ range of garden chairs and tables, above, comes in a range of contemporary shades. The bistro set above is perfect for entertaining in any outdoor space, no matter how small, and there’s a larger 4-seater outdoor table too.
Famous for its durability, Emu outdoor furniture is treated with a 4-layer, electroplated EMU-Coat that gives it a tough, scratch resistant all-weather finish suitable for outdoor use all year round. On top of which, it’s lightweight, compact and easily folds away for convenient storage.
To finish, a little fantasy colourful garden furniture shopping, with the amazing (and not exactly cheap) Banjooli outdoor furniture by Sebastian Herkner for Moroso. It’s utterly beautiful, and made from fishing net yarn by African craft weavers.
My absolute favourite piece is the Banjooli Sofa, below. Ah well, a girl can dream…
And as if on cue, the sun has just started peeking through the clouds outside … as we head towards summer, here’s wishing you lots of outdoor colour, pattern and fun this year.
Images: brands and shops as credited above