How to pick the right garden furniture

As the final days of summer draw in, what better way to enjoy the sunshine then cuddling up with your nearest and dearest on beautiful outdoor seating. Picking a product that’s right for your garden can often appear a little daunting, however if you stick to a few simple rules you will be able to decipher your way through the wide variety of collections available. We asked the experts at Bridgman for their top tips on how to pick the right garden furniture.

Depending on the style of your home you will have to ensure that the furniture you choose compliments the design of the property. Homes with stronger period features and traditional garden spaces will pair beautifully with classic rattan styles. Whereas with modern areas you should look to more contemporary models which have clean lines and stylish designs.

The size of your outdoor area will of course impact on your furniture requirements and capabilities however for those with a larger space, look to the eye catching Swing Seat from Bridgman’s Wickerline Mayfair collection is a perfect addition to the exterior. Offering the ultimate in relaxation and hours of comfort to boot, this seat combines the traditional feature of durable yet classic rattan fused with modern embellishment through its long sweeping legs. This seat will work in both modern and traditional environments and is ideal for both patios and garden spaces. The beautifully curved roof will also create much needed protection from the heat as well as acting as a shield against the unpredictable rain for you and your family.

When purchasing garden furniture, a key consideration is durability and the quality of the materials as variable English weather calls for furniture that will look good, come rain or shine. Using waterproof and highly stain resistant cushions and investing in pieces that can withstand wear, tear and spills is one of the most important and cost efficient things you can do for your garden as your furniture will then last for years.

The Valentine Double Sunbed is the perfect addition to any pool, garden or terrace. With its stylish design and large wheels, the bed can be easily moved around an outdoor space, allowing you to pick a new sunny spot as the sun moves across the sky. Suitable for two or more people, this is the ultimate in summer relaxation, providing the perfect space for soaking up those rays as well as gossiping with friends. Made from the highest grade synthetic Rattan, the Valentine Sunbed also boasts fully waterproof cushions, making it totally maintenance free.

When decorating the outdoors, you should always use the same finesse you would on your interiors and this means completing the look with accessories. Using neutral colours creates a sophisticated scheme however adding bold statement scatter cushions, throws and parasols will really bring the look to life. Incorporating bolder tones in your outdoor area is great for injecting a little creativity and personality. Don’t forget to always consider flowers you have already planted and construct a colour palette that will co-exist with these plants throughout the year.

If you have a smaller patio or even a balcony the Sussex Companion Seat is perfect for city living with its on-trend monochrome palette of black and white which has been specifically designed for two. Carefully made using the finest materials, the all-weather white rattan has been woven onto a strong aluminium frame, resulting in a lovely piece of furniture that will look good year after year. Perfect for sharing a glass of wine together or reading the morning papers, this double seat also comes with the option of Lime Green acrylic cushions that will contrast beautifully with the white rattan weave.

As long as you follow these simple tips your garden oasis is just a stone’s throw away!

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