The best colourful garden furniture in the UK
Right. The sun is out. That’s it. It’s now obligatory for you do everything you’ve been doing inside, outside: eating, reading, working, napping – the lot! First though, you may need some garden furniture.
Growing up, garden furniture was all brown and brown, but these days we have some of the best colourful garden furniture available and ready to shop.
Over any other space in your home, the garden has the potential to bring the most joy; according to psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Sue Stuart-Smith in an interview in The English Garden, gardens connect us to nature’s powers of renewal which is calming and invigorating.
Colour plays such an important role in our well being so investing in colourful garden furniture is an opportunity to increase happiness in our day to day lives.
Rio 4 seater garden set – La Redoute £499
colourful garden furniture ideas
Garden furniture doesn’t have to be the same colour; for an eclectic look you can mix and match chairs and tables, or you can use different coloured furniture for ‘garden zoning’; this creates a multifunctional space and you can treat your garden like it has different ‘rooms’.
My home is very colourful so I wanted my garden to be an extension of that; I have bright coral chairs at the back for lounging and a bright blue bistro set at the front for dining; this makes the garden feel much bigger than it is and we certainly make the most out of it in the summer months.
what to look for when shopping for the best colourful garden furniture?
There are a couple of things to look out for when you’re on the hunt for colourful garden furniture, but above all else, just go for the set that brings a smile to your face.
Don’t forget to check product reviews before you purchase; I usually look at three star reviews, rather than the one star or the five star, I feel like they give a more balanced opinion.
There is nothing quite like hearing it from the horses mouth; asking people you trust is the best way to get a good recommendation.
Measure the furniture
You need it to actually fit into your garden so take a tape measure when you’re shopping around.
Is it weather proof? By nature, garden furniture should be weather proof, but some is going to fare better than others in extreme conditions.
If you’re anything like me, despite being well intentioned, putting away garden furniture often slips my mind, so you’ll want garden furniture that’s good come rain or shine – plastic furniture is great for this.
Unfortunately, not all garden sets are created equal; shop around and have a few wobble tests to see how durable it seems.
Omari metal garden corner sofa – Homebase £700
how to make a colourful garden:
Other than colourful garden furniture, painted fences, flowers, and colourful flower pots are some of the ways you can create a colourful garden; a garden is a place we expect to see lots of colour so let your imagination run wild with this one.
the best colour for garden furniture:
Personal taste plays a big part in the colour of your garden furniture, but if you want to add lots of colour to your garden then go for colours which are going to ‘pop’ against the rest of your garden, like yellow which is a very happy-inducing colour.
should you cover garden furniture in the winter?
To keep your garden furniture safe during the winter it’s best to cover it with garden furniture covers and store it somewhere dry (if possible), like a shed or a garage.
Make sure the furniture is clean and dry before you store it to save it from being ruined by dirt and damp.
Wooden garden furniture warps in extreme conditions so bare this in mind when you’re storing it – sheds and garages aren’t climate controlled so they’re susceptible to the weather.
Scalloped pink 2 seater bistro set – Dunelm
can garden furniture be left outside?
Garden furniture can be left outside, especially if it’s plastic, if you don’t have anywhere to store it, but it should be protected with garden furniture covers. Of course, leaving it outside does mean it may weather more quickly than if it was stored inside.
can colourful garden furniture be left outside in the uK?
Painted garden furniture can be more prone to chipping if it’s left outside all year around, if you have the space then I would cover it and store it away.
Having said that, we kept our colourful chairs from Homebase under some tarpaulin during the winter (they were too wide for our shed) and they’re still in good nick two years later.
Acapulco adult garden chair – Homebase £60
can you put garden furniture on artificial grass?
Artificial grass is very durable, especially if you’ve invested in a good quality one, therefore, as long as your furniture doesn’t have any sharp edges it should be fine on top of it – think of it like your living room carpet and you should be grande!
can plastic garden furniture be painted?
Plastic furniture can be painted, yes, but it can be prone to chipping; make sure you use the right materials and be prepared to top it up every now and again.
best places to buy garden furniture in the UK
For high end garden furniture, The Conran Shop, Selfridges and Oliver Bonas have an excellent selection, but if you’re on a tighter budget then try John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, La Redoute, Homebase and Dunelm.
Colourful garden chairs:
AD 11 outdoor lounge chair – The Conran Shop £595
Classic Deck Chair – The Conran Shop £165
Seletti cast iron chair – Selfridges £246
Seletti sh*t foldable deck chair – Selfridges £130
Brights metal garden lounge chair, set of 2 – John Lewis £158
Salsa garden chair, set of 2 – John Lewis £189
Boston stackable garden armchairs – La Redoute £117.50
Acapulco adult garden chair – Homebase £60
Metal garden lounge. chairs – John Lewis £158
Miami garden dining chair, set of 2 – John Lewis £129
colourful garden furniture sets:
Dundena 3-piece garden set – La Redoute £199
3-seater garden lounge metal set – John Lewis £267
Camden 2-seater bistro set – John Lewis £119