Whether you are a self-sufficient gardener growing fruit and veg in abundance or a gardener that enjoys the minimal maintenance garden, make the most of your garden with these super stylish garden furniture trends.
#1 Cabana stripes
Whether you choose to furnish your garden with sun loungers orthe must-have summer 2018 pattern for garden furniture is the wide striped, navy and white cabana style.
The cabana-style refers to the style that grew up around the rickety wooden huts built near the sea and pools to offer shade when the sun and heat become too much.
The broad stripes are reminiscent of the sea-side striped deck chairs but with a little more refinement and work well in any outdoor setting, including your garden.
If you are looking to spruce up your garden furniture with the latest look then opt for the broad stripe patterns against natural wood.
The choice and range of garden furniture options have increased significantly in recent years but the overall theme seems to be to extend indoor living space to the outside with relaxing, informal garden furniture.
Large L-shaped sofas complete with a coffee table are perfect for the patio as they are for the lawned area too. With showerproof outdoor cushions, they can be a more or less permanent fixture in the garden from spring to early autumn.
#3 Go Bistro chic
the garden furniture trends for this summer are about matching furniture to how you could use your garden.
This doesn’t mean making a choice between one thing and another but investing in great garden furniture for use in various areas.
The chic bistro table look is perfect on the patio, especially for enjoying croissant and coffee in the morning sun with the day’s newspapers.
Or perfect for brunch with a guest or afternoon tea, chic bistro sets come in either two or four-seater options with most folding away for easy storage.
#4 Get shady
There are many accessory options for this summer but we all need a little shade, even the ardent sun worshippers amongst us.
The oversized parasols with a ‘banana arm’ are a sheer delight with some great colours to make them a stylish addition to the decking or patio.
But an understated shady canopy is the garden sail. With its legs firmly anchored to the ground, the sail sits at a jaunty angle mean that no matter what the weather, rain included, it is delightfully sitting beneath its vast shade.
#5 Swingin’ seats
There are also great alternatives to the fixed hammock with stand-alone swinging seats for two or the fantastic egg-shaped seating perfect for curling up with a good book whilst still enjoying the summer garden and everything it offers.
#6 Industrial style
We often associate the industrial style with interior design but it seems the minimalist, angular style has reached the garden with clever design all focusing on metal elements.
The table top table for example, with metal leg base complete with angular detailing, sits well alongside the sloop seats that invite you to kick back and enjoy the view from the patio.
Easy on the eye, there are some great colours to choose from but keep the fuss and accessories to a minimum, allowing the pleasing shape and angular design to shine through. A welcome change to some of the more detailed, heavier and fussy metal garden furniture seating we have seen in recent years.
#7 Rocking garden chairs
An emerging trend that may not become commonplace until next summer is the garden rocking chair, the perfect way to enjoy the summer garden.
A mix of wood and rattan, the garden rocking chair will be perfect for anyone who enjoys ‘just sitting’ and ‘just watching and listening’ the quiet busy-ness of the summer garden.
#8 The garden bench
Not all trends are ‘new’ but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored.
There has been an upsurge in people opting for simple yet stylish seating in the garden and when it comes to style and longevity, a hardwood garden bench is a perfect option.
Minimal maintenance is needed to keep it looking great and requires little effort to keep in the garden as well, opting for quality, hardwood items are beginning to creep back into the buying psyche.
Quality is a key trend in garden furniture trends this summer so leave the cheap, plastic seating and wobbly tables in the store, opting for a natural material that will outlast any plastic version of itself.