Top outdoor furniture picks to get your garden ready for summer
Don’t wait to get your garden in order until summer’s at its peak – instead, get ahead and use spring to make your outdoor space a home outside of home. While we can’t offer too many tips on what bulbs to plant, or how often to water your hanging baskets, we’ve got outdoor furniture and accessories recommendations covered. From seating to lighting, there’s a lot to get right before the evenings get longer. So here’s our top outdoor picks for summer, and how to style them.
If you’re planning on spending more than ten minutes outside at a time, sturdy, weather-resistant outdoor furniture is a must. Pick natural materials like rattan, or durable materials like metal, when narrowing down your choice – they’re less likely to weather over time. Just remember to bring any soft furnishings inside at sun down – like cushions and throws. This natural rattan loveseat is a great place to relax with a book, and this vintage armchair and footstool have afternoon napping written all over it. For a more structured chair to pair with your outdoor dining table, we love this black industrial metal chair.
While the sun will (hopefully) be your light source when you’re outside this summer, it’s important to install appropriate lights for when the sun sets – especially if you’re planning on hosting dinner parties or evening BBQs. This brass outdoor spotlight and copper outdoor wall lamp are perfect for casting an ambient light over your guests. While this statement concrete floor lamp is as much a sculptural work of art as it is a functional piece of outdoor lighting.
To dress your outdoor furniture, and to make your outdoor space a cosy and inviting one, don’t overlook accessories when you’re styling your garden or courtyard. A simple red handwoven throw, or grey tassel blanket, strewn over a loveseat or recliner will add instant appeal. And consider this Greek-style green vase to give your dining table a Mediterranean feel.