Continuing our theme of indoor/outdoor space, the current trend of 'outdoor rooms' remains a key design focus for this year. The products available for outdoor furniture ranges from the inexpensive garden furniture to high budget items such as external fireplaces.
The key to selecting the right product is to understand the wear and tear on such items - the items in question must look good for years to come, so permanent fixtures (such as fireplaces and seating) should be considered as high investment products that you will be happy to live with from year to year. Accessories such as scatter cushions, candle holders etc can be lower budget items, which can be changed frequently to introduce different accent colours.
For modern gardens, contemporary furniture ranges are available, which are very different from the traditional teak garden furniture. Using commerical/industrial styling, these products are reminiscent of boutique hotel styling. Seat cushions and sun bed cushions should be in weather proof fabrics, such as the Sunbrella brand, or can be sourced from several ranges by Sacho Hesslein.