Metal Garden Furniture Trends for 2015 – what will they mean for your patio styling?
If you manage to bypass Christmas when you flick through an interiors magazine or starting browsing the net, you are sure to come across the key trends for interiors 2015 which are starting to make their presence felt. Well, what are the metal garden furniture trends for exterior design?
Memories of sitting around sipping a glass of rosé on your stylish, yet ever so comfortable, metal garden furniture may be a distant blur, but you can cheer yourself by planning out your outdoor decorating plans for next summer.
Colours for Metal Garden Furniture Trends for 2015
Which colours are we going to see everywhere from the glossy magazines, to the picnic ranges in department stores, to the lanterns and candles on offer at the local garden centre? It looks as if earth tones – neutrals and chocolate browns are still very much in evidence. Brighter shades include a range of bright pinks and cheery purples, teals and French navy, plus that garden favourite, apple green. It looks as if we’ve grown a bit tired of lemon and orange.
Metal Garden Furniture Trends – Key Themes
As for decorating themes – some of the old favourites get a new lease of life and there are a few trends that are really becoming popular.
An eclectic mix of materials, styles and fabrics is still a strong trend. Think about softening up your metal patio furniture with suede scatter cushions and perhaps a faux fur rug for the lounging set. These luxurious fabrics work really well with the woven furniture look.
- ‘Modern’ materials
Decorating styles are picking from a range of natural materials. Salvaged wood appears everywhere – from planters to occasional tables and ornaments. It can be used to bring a sense of the seaside or to enhance a rustic theme. As with interiors, granite and marble are favourites for surfaces. A look that works well is to echo an interior theme on the patio, so that if your outside dining space is near the kitchen or opens off the dining room, you continue to use the same colours and materials. Luxurious metals like bronze have long been popular for creating a statement look.
- Get the look for less
All these expensive materials can be found in smaller ornamental pieces. Perhaps you pick up the bronze theme for your tea light holders and outdoor lanterns. It might be that you use caramel place mats on the outdoor table; and marble or carved caramel dishes and bowls for added interest. Other natural materials which work well to personalize your outdoor space are leather and wicker; think baskets and containers.
- Metal as an accent material
A strong look for 2015 interiors is to use metal along with other materials – perhaps in the framing or decoratively. For metal garden furniture, we have seen this used many times; an aluminium outdoor chair might have a metal frame with a textaline seat; a salvaged wood table top might sit on cast iron legs. Some smart aluminium outdoor chairs have wooden arm rests.
If you are channeling the recycling vibe, painted tin cans make charming plant containers and wooden fruit trays are great for displays.
- Bring the outside in
One of the key garden furniture trends next year will see plants and florals take centre stage. You might want to invest in some pretty chintzy cushions. If using this theme inside, you might want to bring the inside out, and fill your patio with the same flowering plants that you have on the mantelpiece or kitchen window. Think scarlet geraniums or spring bulbs. Picking up on the Scandinavian use of plants inside is a cheap way to update your look.
- Metal Garden Furniture Trends and Versatility
Interior design trends celebrate versatility and this is where we see the popularity of modular outdoor seating explained. The rattan sofa made up of cubes is very much like a stylish modern modular sofa.