Are you thinking about updating your outdoor furniture this year? If the answer is yes – or even just maybe – this guide to the key outdoor furniture trends for 2021 is a great place to start.
“Gardens have always been a major influencer on homebuying decisions, the pandemic has shown that people are prioritising having a nice outside space more than ever (despite the British summers!),” comments house sales valuation expert Ruban Selvanayagam from Property Solvers.
We spent much more time in our gardens last year, and 2021 is looking like it’s going to be a similar story. If you’re planning on sprucing up your outdoor space in time for summer, updating your furniture is a simple option that can make a big difference.
Outdoor furniture can have a huge impact on how easy it is to enjoy your garden. Get it right, and you’ll automatically find yourself spending more time outdoors. Furniture is also an easy way to change the look of your outdoor space, and can be used to complement the overall style of your garden.
I’ve been taking a look at the range of outdoor furniture available from Gardenman. It’s an impressive selection, covering dining sets, casual seating, bar sets, sun loungers and daybeds. There’s a wide range of shapes, sizes and colour schemes to choose from, making it easy to find the perfect product to suit your individual needs.
Outdoor furniture trends 2021
If you’re shopping for outdoor furniture, take a look at these key outdoor furniture trends for 2021. I’ve included some of my favourite products from the Gardenman range to illustrate each trend and inspire your shopping.
Clean lines and shapes
This interiors trend continues to spill into the garden, with clean lines and shapes a strong look for 2021. This style of outdoor furniture works particularly well in contemporary style gardens.
Rectangular and square tables, straight chair backs and arms, and simple design are all key elements of this furniture style. Neutral colours also feature heavily, with an emphasis on white and shades of grey. This Regal 6 Seat Rectangular Bar Set ticks all the boxes.
Outdoor furniture that looks like indoor furniture
Many of us are opening up our houses onto the garden, blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors. So it’s no surprise that outdoor furniture is starting to look more like indoor furniture.
Indoor-outdoor products are likely to be a key element of 2021 ranges. This trend is particularly noticeable on casual furniture and sofa sets like the Pulse Chaise Sofa Set, which would look perfectly at home in an indoor living area.
Cocoon & hanging chairs
We’re all craving those little comforts right now. The need to feel cosy and relaxed in our outdoor space is reflected in the growing popularity of cocoon and hanging chairs.
A hanging chair on a metal frame is probably the most space-efficient way to embrace this trend. If you’ve got plenty of room, a cocoon chair like the Lily Outdoor Daybed is the height of luxury. It will also provide optional shade when you need it.
Stylish outdoor entertaining
Our gardens have never been used for entertaining as much as they were last year. Consequently, outdoor furniture is adapting to meet our new needs.
Larger sets with more seats, clever tables that multitask at two heights, and hidden storage or chiller units are all features that are being included more and more.
Another key trend I’ve spotted is for integrated fire pits, seen here on the Cambridge Corner Dining Set with Fire Pit Table. These are a super-stylish way to create a focal point, while also providing light and warmth in the evening.
Neutral colours will always be popular for outdoor furniture, but bright colours are increasingly featuring in new products. This is particularly true of powder-coated metal furniture.
Brightly coloured garden furniture is a fun way to liven up your outdoor space. It’s also great for drawing the eye to a particular area of the garden.
If you’d prefer to keep the bright colours more subtle, cushions and throws in a bright accent colour work brilliantly against neutral furniture like this Juliet Half Moon Sofa Set.
Small space solutions
Small gardens continue to be a common feature in UK homes, creating demand for compact and practical outdoor furniture.
Sets with a small footprint, hidden storage and flexible layouts are ideal for small patios and outdoor spaces. The Heritage Carolina 2 Seat Bistro Set is a good example. The pieces can be arranged in a variety of ways, and you could easily use the table for dining as well as relaxing with a drink.
Staycation in style
With lots of us scaling back our holidays at the moment, the idea of using our gardens to recreate a holiday vibe is very relevant. Outdoor furniture ranges are adapting to reflect this trend.
We’ve already talked about cocoon chairs, which are perfect for beach-inspired relaxing. Sun loungers are also a great way to dial up the luxury on your staycation. Choose one with wheels, like the Oxford 3 Piece Sunlounger Set, and you’ll be able to move it around easily.
Outdoor furniture trends 2021: Conclusion
There are some fundamental themes running through these 2021 garden furniture trends, all of which reflect the increased usage of our gardens and the vital role they play in our leisure time.
Outdoor entertaining, blurring the boundaries of house and garden, multi-tasking products, and the need for stylish comfort are all key elements in this year’s outdoor furniture ranges. It’s never been easier to find furniture that helps to create an outdoor space which is welcoming, practical and beautiful to look at.
Has this guide to outdoor furniture trends for 2021 inspired you to upgrade your garden furniture?