A few years ago, there was only one way to furnish your garden.
It seemed like every backyard in South Africa was home to a set of white plastic lawn furniture.
Looking fairly worn after too many summers in the hot sun, these eye-sores were ubiquitous.
But things have come a long way in recent years in the world of garden furniture with trends and fashions as prevalent as on the couture catwalks of Paris and New York.
With outdoor couches, coffee table, bars, carpets and sound systems, the exterior area of a home has come to be seen as an extension of the interior.
It makes sense in South Africa where days are fairly mild and outdoor spaces can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Outdoor furniture manufacturers are increasingly coming to the party with stylish options which can withstand the elements of the outside but would look equally at home inside the living room.
It can be tricky for the space to look intentional and to avoid looking like you’ve plonked your couch outside.
We’ve rounded up some of the hottest trends for outdoor spaces.
A big trend for both interior and exterior spaces, global elements help for your space to appear textured and intentional.
This is the antithesis of those spaces which look like every piece has been ordered from the same catalogue.
Global influences, like Moroccan, Mediterranean and Asian patterns and colours, suggest you picked up a piece here and there while on your travels.
Break up the wood and metal of outdoor furniture with bold colour combinations.
Consider using Marsala, a rich, warm red, which was chosen as Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2015.
“Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
“This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”
By adding this colour to your outdoor space, you are guaranteed a successful merging of your indoor and outdoor spaces as it pairs well with brickwork and muted greens.
When entertaining large groups, you want to be able to pull a chair to one side, add a side table next to a guest about to drop a drink or offer an ottoman to a weary granny.
Comfortable sectional couches with additional chairs and table can be grouped and separated as you wish, providing endless options.