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.
With a similar design style, this curvaceous bench is bold and dramatic and part of the Yuri outdoor collection by MADE.
It might not be bright but we still love the bold and sophisticated style statement made by the Swara Garden 2-Seater Sofa. Made from practical, easy-care polyrattan, it comes in black (above) and natural/grey. Take a look at the whole Swara range for outdoor dining too.
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.
Using the same synthetic rope/metal frame technology is the contemporary Kodo Outdoor furniture range by Vincent Sheppard. The base colour is neutral but the scatter cushion in these lovely coral tones add a sophisticated pop of colour. How cute is the Kodo Outdoor Rocking chair below?
Outdoor specialists Fermob make a wide range of contemporary garden furniture in stunning on-trend colours. A current favourite is the lightweight Bebop Outdoor Side Table. 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.
Above – everyone’s favourite – the outdoor hanging chair. The Lyra Garden Hanging Chair comes with a soft blue frame and a comfy grey cushion. Just add a cold drink and good book.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 online and instore at Heal’s in the UK.
Above is the Hot Mesh Outdoor Lounge Chair in Aqua – love!
And not forgetting the brilliantly practical – as well as beautiful – Kartell Masters Chair, above and below. I’m not sure I could choose just one colour… could you? Moulded from ultra-strong polypropylene, the Masters Chair is suitable for indoor and outdoor use and is stackable for when not in use.
Another versatile and stylish chair that works both inside and out is the Fromme dining chair by Petite Friture. It’s made from powder coated aluminium for durability and designed for comfort as well as style with special absorbers underneath the seat to give a soft and flexible sit.
Designed by Matthew Hilton for Case, the contemporary Eos Outdoor Furniture range is available 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 best-selling 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.
This lightweight folding deck chair will be handy for the beach/camping/festivals as well as the back garden. As well as this bright and breezy blue it also comes in pale pink and moss green.
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 favourite pieces are the Banjooli Sofa, above and the armchair below – just look at that blue/red colour pairing…. 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