From apartment balconies to spacious courtyards, these are the outdoor settings you need in your life
With summer vibes and balmy nights well upon us, it’s time to prep your outdoor furniture for endless alfresco fun. From balcony nooks to spacious courtyards, and everything in-between, outdoor furniture has come a long way. It’s time to wave goodbye to those uncomfortable, wrought-iron outdoor settings that the French bestowed upon us. Out with the old and in with the new. Oh, hello plush cushions, deep-set loungers and hanging chairs. Here’s how to create the garden or terrace of your dreams…
Modular outdoor furniture isn’t going away anytime soon, and why would it, when it’s so versatile and adaptable? Modular outdoor loungers can be configured to work within most spaces, plus they come with durable fabric that weathers well, just like the King Cove Collection from King Living. Extendable tables are a great option, especially if you have limited space to work within, allowing you to accommodate more or fewer people when needed.
Outdoor furniture made with stainless steel frames and premium rope add yet another texture to the landscape. It’s a look that works beautifully across the full scope – from outdoor tables to dining chairs to lounge chairs. Check out the Malibu Dining Table or the Maya Lounge Chairs from Fenton & Fenton. Black looks stunning, as do navy and soft pastel hues for outdoor settings.
A touch of luxe (and convenience)
A much-welcome addition to any outdoor space, the beloved bar cart not only adds another layer of luxe to your outdoor area, but it also brings a whole new level of convenience when well stocked with refreshing drinks. Opt for a bar cart that is equal parts stylish, functional and weatherproof, just like this Rattan Bar Cart from Fenton & Fenton.
Low slung sofas were made for lazy days, especially the deep-set ones when topped with plush cushions. For compact spaces, the Delta Outdoor III Circle Sofa by King Living is perfect. And although this may be pure heaven for some, it’s not for everyone. So, if space allows, mix it up with a low-slung sofa and a higher armchair, blending them with a mix of textured and patterned cushions.
Plush hang out
Hanging egg chairs have sparked a bit of a craze of late. This retro classic (thankfully) keeps coming back around. Whether you’re short on space or you want a cool spot to relax and unwind, the vintage egg chair is fast becoming a staple in the realm of outdoor furniture. We’re all over this 70’s Love Seat from Byron Bay’s very own Hanging Chairs. But there are a variety of size, textures and colours to select from, because versatility, after all, is what has won it so many fans in the first place.
A timeless piece of outdoor furniture, beautifully crafted timber tables are an essential buy for your outdoor space. Pair with woven chairs of textured, durable material to create a relaxed coastal feel that oozes holiday vibes. The Reclaimed Teak Cross Leg Dining Table from Early Settler is one of our favourites. Outdoor settings also look amazing when you combine aged and contemporary material. A trend that’s come across from indoor living.
We all need a little bit of rattan in our lives, and outdoor furniture delivers this classic finish in a big way. Be it in an outdoor setting or with café-style chairs, bar stools, hanging chairs and armchairs, rattan is a texture that looks great in any outdoor space, especially when topped with cushions in neutral tones or coastal hues. The St Bart’s Club Chair from Hanging Chairs is perfect to style up any compact space.
Create a tropical oasis that you can withdraw to this summer. Fresh foliage is a must for any outdoor space. Mix it up with brass, rattan and terrazzo pots – big and small – with a variety of plants that can endure long summer days. Check out the Spun Metal Standing Planterfrom West Elm, which look stunning. You can also add a few hanging plants and wall climbers to create that dense jungle look.