Here's our guide to help you decide which type of metal furniture best suits you and your garden, with lots of tips on choosing style, color and finish. We've selected 6 popular garden designs, explaining how to buy furniture to match.
Modern garden furniture has certain characteristics that give it 21st century appeal. Minimalism is a defining modern day garden design, the furniture should be simple and sleek so stay away from ornate, over-elaborate pieces. Go for bold, clean lines with a practical tempered glass table top.
For your traditional English country garden you need to go back to advent of metal garden furniture. The Victorians enjoyed elaborate wrought iron designs in their gardens, when the Industrial Revolution allowed for its mass production. French curled and curved styles were made popular in this period. Go for a traditional formal, black wrought iron style with an antique finish.
If you're trying to create a garden to transport you to Tuscany or send you to Seville, a relaxed furniture style will complement the relaxed way of life on the Continent. Wrought iron styles work well reminiscent of French Shabby Chic or elegant Spanish Colonial. Although, you could go contemporary chic with laser cut patterns and detailing. Mediterranean designs are influenced by different cultures and historical periods; Spanish, French, Italian, Greek and Arabian so you'll have plenty to think about!
To create a pretty, romantic, feminine style garden, you'll need furniture to match. The key to this is choosing a more delicate metal framework, rather than chunky, block designs. White or cream colored metal is the perfect look for a pretty garden, rather than harsh black or grey. Try to find furniture with soft, flowing lines that will blend seamlessly into the landscape.
This style is quite difficult to define. It is often thought of as something that's old or made to look old. Therefore choosing traditional metal garden furniture with a patina finish is perfect. The shabby chic movement was heavily influenced by French Country style; typically white or cream farmhouse-style furniture. So, depending on your existing landscaping, you could go for white or cream with a colored patina finish such as pink, green or blue.
The beauty of choosing metal garden furniture is that framework can be painted in many bright colors. This can give your garden a really modern edge, lime green is a key trend for this season. Colored furniture is a great way to inject a pop of color into a dull landscape and create a bright fun space. If you find the right retailer or manufacturer, you'll have the opportunity to choose from a variety of vibrant shades. Search for a company who offers bespoke metal furniture and you might even be able to specify the exact color.
Before you buy a metal patio set, make sure you accurately measure your designated space. You'll want about 90cm (3ft) of space around the table to accommodate chairs and people. This will allow people to walk around the table even when others are seated.
Consider how you intend to use your metal garden furniture. How many people do you need it to seat? Do you do lots of entertaining? Square tables are more practical and will fit neatly into your space. Round require a lot more room and can look odd in an uneven shaped area. However, they are much better for entertaining, everyone can see each other.