How to soften the look of modern garden furniture

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Today’s modern garden furniture is so good-looking you can simply bring it into the garden, arrange it, and you’re ready to party. The styling and on-trend neutral colour-ways mean it’ll always look good. But what if you want to take things a step further to create a more welcoming, softer look where the furniture sits back, blends into the overall picture, and gives your occasions an even warmer heart? Here are some ideas.

Florenity Verdi Potting Shelf

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Place planters packed with blooms, shrubs or evergreens around your seating and dining area to make an intimate-feeling space. The Florenity Grigio planter below is really cool with its subtle heritage grey finish.

Florenity Grigio Rectangular Planter

Arrange the furniture under a gazebo for a garden party space that’s wonderfully private and discreet. This Norfolk Leisure Runcton Polycarbonate 3x3m Gazebo is a stunning item the best quality, incorporating thick, heavy grey curtains. Great for shade, and such fun used as a smart outdoor dining room.

Norfolk Leisure Runcton Polycarbonate 3x3m Gazebo

Use plants to make the space feel more exotic and natural. It feels lovely sitting down amongst the greenery and flowers with the fresh scents, varied colours and the sound of the breeze moving the leaves. We like what they’ve done below with the Keter Oklahoma lounge set, placed in a small space surrounded by flowing, tall planting.

You can achieve the same kind of feel, like being inside a fragrant green box, using wooden hurdles set into the ground then covered with climbers.

Keter Oklahoma Lounge Set

You can also soften the look while adding indoors-like charm to your modern garden furniture very simply by adding accents of colour and texture. A pile of warm, fluffy fleece throws for people to stay cosy. A collection of colourful scatter cushions on the lounger, settee and chairs. Ethnic fabric slung over the back of a chunky resin rattan sofa or thrown over a gazebo for a yurt-inspired feel.

If you’re eating outdoors as well as using the garden for relaxing, there’s no reason why you can’t dress the garden dining table as creatively as you would indoors for a dinner party. Think table linen and table centrepieces, place mats and coasters, vases of flowers and flickering candles.

Lighting gives you another way to get the look, and we have some stunning candle lamps for you. Take the Florenity Galaxy Candle Lamp in a beautiful deep grey-blue, a safe way to love the flickering of real flames.

Florenity Galaxy Candle Lamp

bring patio heaters into your life for a wonderful ambience, whether it’s a contemporary gas fired patio heater or a traditional Mexican clay chimenea. The light and the glow from the fire softens the look of the entire area after dark to create an exciting space.

A Chimenea with fire in the backyard, with lots of plants in a well landscaped garden.