7 outdoor furniture trends to keep in mind this summer

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Wicker and teak are always right for outdoors, and are available in a wide range of modern styles.

JANE USSHER

Wicker and teak are always right for outdoors, and are available in a wide range of modern styles.

Most of us are itching to get the sun loungers out and the barbecue on. If your outdoor space needs a bit of work, here’s seven thought-starters from the trendspotters at NZ House & Garden

WICKER 

Wicker furniture has come on in leaps and bounds since the days it was confined to the conservatory. Now many ranges have a modern aesthetic that emulates the look and comfort of your living room sofa. Modular sections can adapt to any space and soft cushions and side tables complement the set up. Look for all-weather furniture with wicker and cushion fabrics that are UV-stablised.

Teak is a reliable material to use for outdoor furniture. Did you spot the clear green chairs along the house? Not as ...

PAUL MCCREDIE

Teak is a reliable material to use for outdoor furniture. Did you spot the clear green chairs along the house? Not as sturdy, but a useful addition to an outdoor area.

TEAK

Take a tip from wise old salty sea dogs and let teak be your table. Used in boat-building for centuries, teak is a proven winner in sun, rain and snow. Durable and low maintenance, it ages to a silver-grey patina, or you can apply oils or sealers if you want to keep its natural warm tones.

MIX IT UP

Bring in pouffes, cushions, outdoor cushions and beanbags to create impromptu areas.

BELINDA MERRIE

Bring in pouffes, cushions, outdoor cushions and beanbags to create impromptu areas.

It’s a good idea to anchor the space with furniture such as tables, chairs and outdoor sofas, then mix in casual classics like beanbags and oversized cushions that can be brought outside to create impromptu zones for eating and lounging.

BEANBAGS

Many people have a love/hate relationship with the beanbag; they’re good to get into, not so easy to get out of. Look for one that combines the best of both worlds: the comfort of a beanbag with an upright seat that sits higher off the ground.

Outdoor beanbags are perfect on a summer day: just make sure you can get out of them.

JANE USSHER

Outdoor beanbags are perfect on a summer day: just make sure you can get out of them.

BAR ATMOSPHERE

Capture the casual pub atmosphere at home with long-legged tables: they’re fun! Leaners will bring out the barfly in you. You can team a high table with tall stools for comfort, but if space is limited (like at a party) it can be used without them.

TEXTURE

Texture, colour and comfort.

Texture, colour and comfort.

Don’t finish with just one finish. A combination of materials makes for a less contrived space. Mix timber with stone or steel; painted or raw surfaces.

SEE THROUGH 

Not all furnishings have to be substantial to withstand the elements. Tables and chairs made from polycarbonate are very light on their feet and look great on the deck.

Finding furniture for a small courtyard is tricky. Choose furniture that can be adapted - these couches can be pushed ...

SALLY TAGG

Finding furniture for a small courtyard is tricky. Choose furniture that can be adapted – these couches can be pushed together to create different shapes and areas.

 – NZ House & Garden

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