Garden Furniture - 11 Things to Brighten Up your Garden
Spring/Summer has got to be one of our most favourite times of the year in the UK. Not only for warmer sunnier days but with all the beautiful blooms that start popping up outside. And adding a splash of colour to the mix can work wonders on your mood, too. There are many ways of adding colour and brighten to your outside space, whether you have a glorious garden or simple sun terrace or balcony. Continue reading for our top garden furniture ideas along with some great tips for brightening up your garden or outdoor space.
Garden Furniture Ideas
Add a pop of colour in an instant by using colourful garden furniture. Or if you're on a budget and love the furniture you have - upcycle them with a splash of paint. You'll love the results and will wonder why you never thought of colourful outdoor furniture before! Upcycling or repurposing your existing furniture with paint is also a fun and eco-friendly way of updating your outdoor space. Plus, as it's only painted, you can change it up whenever you please. For a more immediate effect, we love the Pretty Pink Metal Garden Bench from our 2020 collection. The great thing about the colour pink is that it acts as a neutral so fits in well with many other colours.
For some additional colour boosting, why not add cushions to your sofa, love seat or bench? Upgrade your garden dining chairs with beautiful mustard corduroy seat cushions for a luxe garden finish.
Fun Garden Furniture Ideas
Get the whole family involved and have some fun in the garden with a quirky planted swing. The seat in this fabulous garden swing can be planted with your favourite climbing plants such as ivy or clematis. We added faux ivy to our seat for a super low-maintenance look, but real flowering plants would look amazing when coming into bloom. And totally Instagram-able, don't you think?! Families will love it and garden parties will never be the same again without one! We love the idea of wrapping some pretty outdoor fairy lights around the ropes for a charming night time display.
Quirky Garden Furniture Ideas
Nothing brightens up a garden more than creating a quirky display for all to admire. Meet Cumberland, the sausage dog garden bench with a cheeky personality! Owned by the totally fabulous Tina B, Cumberland looks great amongst foliage and styled up with potted plants. Garden guests will love him and everyone will want to know where you got him! Use as intended as a simple-but-quirky garden bench or create a show-stopping display.
Throw Some Shade
Umbrellas are a staple in any British home and the garden should be no different. Garden umbrellas and parasols are great in all types of weather to provide shade or shelter. Protecting your skin from those damaging UV rays is so important, especially if you have young children or fair, sensitive skin. We love a garden umbrella, not just for their protective qualities, but to add a colourful or stylish touch to your seating area. A great option to add a little splash of colour is the Green Shadylace Parasol (also available in Grey for any colour-phobes out there!). The cut-out lace detailing is designed to mimic the shadows cast from a leafy tree and is topped with a beautiful gold bird. Extra style points!
Hot Footing It Into The Garden
A great way of enhancing your garden furniture ideas is to utilise some truly fabulous planters. Those of you who shop regularly at Rockett St George will know our love of discovering the unusual. Create impact and make a statement with giant planters, such as the stone effect winged foot planter. Totally charming and a little bit eccentric, we love the way this quirky giant planter transforms an ordinary garden space. Also available as a rustic stone effect face or lions head, you can make really a statement. Lift your outdoor space to grand new heights!
Let's get tropical! The minute we get a whiff of sunshine in the UK our BBQ's and garden furniture gets whipped out quicker than a flash. We're great at making the most of warmer weather and love to basque in all its glory any chance we get. A recent gamechanger that we first discovered a few years back now is outdoor rugs for the garden. Back then there weren't many styles to choose from. But as the trend has gathered momentum, there are now so many fabulous colours and patterns available. Our favourite for brightening up the garden has got to be the lime green tropical outdoor rug. Teamed with your garden furniture ideas, a pile of soft velvet cushions and a fabulous garden umbrella and you have a whole look nailed in one.
Climbing Plant Dreams
Another useful way to brighten up your outdoor space and add new layers is to be clever with your planting design. If you have space then a variety of plants, shrubs and flowers look beautiful in different scales and colours. A great way to add height is to use tall garden stands or trellis for your climbing plants to hold onto. This also works well if you are limited with space or prefer potted plants. Climbing plants take up less floor space but still give you the coverage and effect you want. This is also a great option if planting trees isn't an option for you.
Of course, the best way to brighten up your garden is by adding some lighting. Perfect to illuminate those summer evenings, garden lighting can transform your space entirely. Illuminate brick walls with something classy such as a nautical brass style garden light. For something a little different, a great idea is to hang garden lights from any beams, fencing or trees you may have. Starburst Wire lights look absolutely magical hung from a tree at different heights and kids will love it too. From classic to quirky, add garden lighting to your garden furniture ideas for a showstopping look.
Add a Parisian touch!
Let's face it, no one does bistro dining better than the French. So if you're looking to update your patio or sun terrace then turn to Paris for your style inspiration. Perfect for your morning coffee spot, a set of garden table and chairs will instantly create the Parisian style look. What's better, a foldable garden dining set can be tucked away during winter months to protect it and is great for compact spaces.
Create Ibiza-Lounge vibes
If Ibiza is more your style, then look to the white isle for laid-back lounge styling and replicate it in your garden. Someone who has done this brilliantly is Justyna Cousins (@stylejusteasier on Instagram) who uses her outside space pretty much year-round. Rattan furniture is great for creating that relaxed, boho-look. We love the Beautiful Rattan Lounge Chair in Black which would look fab styled up with sheepskins and cushions.
Take it outside
And when all else fails, a great tip that we use often during the Summer is to take your indoor furniture, outside! Noting is more comforting than the furniture you use every day, so why not take it out with you when you create a little outdoor haven? This set of 2 Gold Geometric Sidetables also doubles up as stylish stools so they are perfect for additional seating during Summer BBQs.
For tonnes of more garden inspiration, check out our Outdoor Living board on Pinterest.