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 not only increasingly colourful and durable, 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. Choose from bright Ceylon Turquoise, Saffron Yellow, deep Lapis Blue or hot Chilli Red.
Along with the comfortable Salsa Garden Chairs there’s also a 2-seater outdoor sofa plus side table and a larger low coffee table. Mix and match to your heart’s content for the ultimate outdoor, tropical colour hit.
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).
You can buy the canvas slings separately when they need replacing, or indeed whenever you fancy a style makeover.
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.
And it’s not just stylish – the open weave allows good air circulation to keep you cool on hot days.
The versatile and sociable Copa Lounge Set comprises an outdoor sofa, two armchairs and low table.
If it’s outdoor dining furniture you need, that’s (ahem) catered for too. The Copa dining table and chairs, along with the entire Copa Collection are made from durable, low-maintenance synthetic rattan and powder coated metal.
These stylish Hot Mesh Chairs by Blu Dot would be top of my shopping list if I was looking for new outdoor dining chairs. In a range of colours, including white and black, 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.
I know it’s not particularly colourful, but I’ve included this fabulous Indoor Outdoor Double Hanging Chair from Cox and Cox because it’s, well … just fabulous. And definitely not boring. If you don’t fancy sharing, you can opt for their best-selling single Hanging Chair. (My friend bought this for her husband’s birthday, and he was delighted. Not that he gets to use it much. Maybe time for them to upgrade to the double…).
The colourful Emu ‘Arc en Ciel’ range of garden chairs and tables, above, comes in a range of shades. Perfect for entertaining in any outdoor space, no matter how small, it’s lightweight, compact and folds away for easy storage.
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.
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, part of the Living Etc Edit in association with Clippings. 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
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