Summer is finally on the horizon, and the long, light evenings and balmy days we’ve been dreaming of for months are just around the corner. It’s a time to embrace the good weather and spend as much time outdoors as possible, so if you’ve neglected your garden over the winter months, then now is the time to whip it into shape.
While tending to your lawn and planting your bulbs are the kind of annual spring tasks that go without saying, updating your outdoor space from an aesthetic standpoint is an easy way to add extra flair and prepare your home for guests. Switching up your garden furniture is one of the simplest ways to create an impact, and choosing the right pieces can give you a visually pleasing focal point for your garden that beyond simply looking good, creates a welcoming set-up that’s perfect for social occasions, too. After all, it’s the season for barbecues, champagne soirees and garden parties with tea and cake, and if you’re the kind of person who loves to host, then you’ll soon be in your element.
With garden furniture trends changing by the year, it can be difficult to know what to choose to perfectly complement your space, and while knowing how many people you want to be able to accommodate is a good starting point, it isn’t the only consideration to make. One trend that is sticking around for 2022 is making your outdoor space an extension of your indoor space, which means continuing the aesthetic from one to the other to create a sense of flow. If you’re in need of a little inspiration to get you started, then these are the biggest new trends for the summer ahead.
Sustainability has been a key consideration in home and garden design over recent years, and with ongoing global issues like climate change combining with more recent ones, such as scarcity of resources, we’ll be moving even further in this direction in 2022.
In terms of garden furniture, we’ll be placing greater emphasis on choosing our materials responsibly, which means recycled woods and metals will play a key role in our preferred choices this year. It’s no longer only about choosing items that look the part, but doing so with the environment in mind, and furniture made from recycled plastics recovered from the ocean is set to be another emerging trend that follows on from similarly recycled plastic products in the fashion and homeware industries.
The popular trend for industrial chic has been going strong in our interior spaces for some years now, but it has yet to make its debut outdoors. Nevertheless, 2022 is set to be its year to do just that, and taking inspiration from old factories and warehouses, garden furniture will serve as one of the main vehicles via which to nail the look. Think skid frames and sled-based tables and chairs, and you’ll be on the right track – with signs of wear and tear considered an essential design element rather than an embarrassing sign that your furniture needs replacing.
Does it lend itself to a luxury home and garden aesthetic? Yes, absolutely – it’s a trend that can be juxtaposed with plush fabrics and stylish accent pieces for a thoroughly modern look that is guaranteed to win you compliments.
If you’re eager to add a little fun into your garden space and create a fresh look for the summer months ahead, then pastel furniture is a strong trend that will do the job perfectly. Think baby blues, powdery pinks and milky mint greens, and you’ll be onto a winner – mix and match shades to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that sets the scene perfectly for social events and outdoor celebrations.
Monochrome and stripped back woods have both been dominant looks over recent years, so the arrival of pastels on the garden furniture scene will be welcomed by those ready to mix things up a bit.