How to Achieve Different Looks with Wooden Garden Furniture


Garden furniture helps to create the perfect outdoor space so you can extend your indoor living area to the outside.

By choosing attractive wooden garden furniture, you can create an exterior that is functional virtually all year round; and, whether you want a bench to read on or a picnic table for dining al-fresco, garden furniture comes in a host of designs to create your own individual style.

Just as with indoor space, you can put your own personal stamp on your outdoor space. Here we shall look at four different looks you can achieve with wooden garden furniture: romantic, country garden, contemporary, traditional and sociable.

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Garden Furniture: Romantic Look

Two-seater garden furniture creates a romantic and dreamy look to your garden. It is perfect for couples who want to enjoy cosy, intimate chats on sunny days or mild summer evenings. The shared table area is practical too, as you can use it to rest your drinks or shared snacks on.

Gardens have been a place of romance throughout the ages. Romantic gardens need to be intimate and secluded, bordered by hedgerows, trees, walls or fences. You can make the seating a feature by placing it under an archway and having a winding paved pathway leading up to it. Or alternatively, site it near a tree decorated with fairy lights or a trickling fountain.

Nelson Potter sell two different types of two-seater garden furniture: the traditional Moreland Alcove, which has been made from planed Swedish softwood timber and has been pressure treated to guard against rot and infestation. The second is the Rustic Alcove made from hardy Swedish redwood timber, which has been treated in an attractive satin water-based stain.

These are both sold in kit form and are easy to assemble with full instructions provided.

Garden Furniture: Country Garden Look

If you live in a rural area, the country garden look is pretty, informal and practical. It is suitable for small or large gardens and looks beautiful if you want to create a garden with lots of surprises and hidden areas.

Choose a cottage garden with wildflower areas, herb gardens, rose arches and pagodas adorned with climbing plants. Some cottage gardens also have a sun dial with a pathway leading up to it. Among the flowers to choose for this type of garden would be Sweet Williams, Violets, Daisies and Hollyhocks.

Complete the look with rustic-style seating such as a tree seat or a bench under an archway of roses, or beside a pond. A feature pond will add atmosphere and create a sense of calm and tranquillity.

Nelson Potter sells a range of garden furniture suitable for the country garden including tree seats suitable for trees with a maximum diameter of 500mm. The rustic benches are ideal for more traditional country gardens and have been treated in an attractive water-based stain.

If you are looking for al-fresco dining sets for the front or back garden, Nelson Potter’s attractive Domas Set is perfect for the cottage garden and has been pressure treated for extra longevity.

Garden Furniture: Contemporary Garden

From a courtyard style garden with dramatic lighting, a city garden space with an eye-catching feature, such as a sculpture or water fountain, to a Zen-style Japanese garden, almost anything goes in a contemporary outdoor space.

If you are looking for modern garden furniture, Nelson Potter’s two-seater and three-seater benches are stylish and simplistic in design and are perfectly suited to contemporary gardens.

Garden Furniture: Traditional Garden 

A traditional garden should be functional and practical and provide seating areas to relax on and/or dine alfresco.
Sweeping lawns with a pond feature or terraced gardens with a cascading waterfall look wonderful in a traditional garden. Flower beds should have plenty of colour and don’t forget to set aside space for a vegetable plot.

Nelson Potter’s range of wooden garden furniture is attractive, versatile, hard wearing and long lasting, so it is ideal for a traditional garden.

A picnic table on the patio is a great choice for outdoor dining. When there are more people to accommodate than usual, diners can easily shuffle up to create extra seating space for one more. It is well worth investing in an umbrella or parasol which is not only stylish, but also helps keep everybody out of the sun.

Tree seats, benches and picnic tables are all suitable for a traditional garden. The Moreland bench is a heavy duty piece which comes in two different sizes and can be matched with the Moreland picnic table.

Also perfect for the traditional garden is the rectangular six seat picnic table.

Garden Furniture: Sociable Garden

Many people use their garden as an extension of their indoors and to invite guests round for a barbecue or for drinks. Gardens geared for hosting are especially attractive on hot summer days and, whether you have a small or large plot, with the right furniture your garden can be easily converted to a sociable space.

Round garden tables are perfect for socialising, as there is no traditional ‘head of table’ and everyone has equal seating status. It also allows for better eye contact so the conversation flows easier.

One idea for a sociable outdoor space is to have patio heaters to keep everyone warm on chillier evenings. You can also add atmosphere with lighting, such as beams directed on a garden feature, or attractive wall lighting.  And, if you have the space, it is well worth investing in a brick built barbecue.

Nelson Potter sell a range of round tables for al-fresco dining including the eight seater round table (with or without backs) or the four seater dining set. The four seater set is ideal if you want to move the chairs around after dining to sit in either a sunny or shady area of the garden.

About Nelson Potter

Nelson Potter sell an extensive range of wooden garden furniture, sheds, summer houses, log cabins, fencing, gates, accessories and more. Find us at Bentley near Ipswich or Bromeswell near Woodbridge.

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