Summer Furniture Styles: Indoors & Outdoors

This summer ensure you get the most out of the warm weather by investing in outdoor garden furniture! Garden furniture is something that has often been underutilised in British homes, we can probably put this down to a lot of us not actually having gardens from living in congested areas or simply not having enough space to store it. Thankfully there is a new trend that is sweeping the nation that means you can get the best from both worlds, that’s right! Utilising garden furniture both in your garden and in your house (Ok, so you might not have guessed it but hear us out).

Before you decide against it there are plenty of reasons why this could be a good idea for your home and with interior design being embracing the alternative you are more likely than ever going to be able to pull it off. Here are some of the ways summer furniture could creep out of your garden and into your livingroom.

This is the issue that arises anytime you want to buy something, the sheer cost of buying a couch and chairs for your livingroom can be enough for you to be happy sinking into your old couch. But it is possible to get an entire set of garden furniture for as much as an armchair might cost. We know what you are thinking ‘who would want plastic furniture in their livingroom or dining room’ and this simply isn’t the case, there is such a wealth of materials and styles and they are all great quality. Choose your buying time well and you could get an absolute steal in the sales!

Wear & Tear
Anyone who has adventurous children will know that their furniture is bound to take a beating, whether they climb over it, make stains or even colour it in with crayons. The benefit of incorporating outdoor furniture indoors is that it has been specifically designed to handle the rigors of outdoor weather, therefore your kids will likely struggle to destroy it. The wipe clean nature of the majority of the designs means that cleaning is no chore at all and compare that to cushioned dining room chairs or a suede sofa and it doesn’t take a genius to know which will last longest.

Don’t Be Narrow-minded
Outdoor furniture is so varied in its design and style that there is something to suit everyone. Designers spend a lot of time creating amazing outdoor furniture so don’t be immediately turned off the idea before investigating it. Often these designs have cool and timeless looks that make for really interesting and quirky indoor furniture.

It’s Designed For Outdoors
Having guests over for a garden party? How many times have you not had enough chairs to seat everybody? Well now you simply move your indoor furniture outdoors and everyone will be comfortable. Of course one of the best things about incorporating this style is that if you do decide to get different furniture for your house, you have a perfect set of outdoor furniture that simply has to be placed outside. Usually when replacing a couch you have to go to the trouble of throwing it in a dump or attempting to sell it.

Style Your Own Designer Office Space

One of the biggest work trends the last decade has given us is that more and more of us are beginning to work from home. What was once the dream for a lot of people has become a reality but it seems a lot of people who manage this aren’t actually prepared for it. Working from home isn’t all about sleeping in and then simply plopping yourself next to your laptop on the couch, to work efficiently you need an organised space where you are devoid of distractions and this is often a problem at home.

What people are now looking for is a way of creating an environment at home where they can not only concentrate but one that also aids creativity and inspires you to do your best each day. Creating this atmosphere isn’t as hard as you might imagine but it does require you thinking outside the box, for instance finding stylish solutions for a lack of space can be resolved through customising shelving and storage. Here are some of the best tips you can utilise to improve your home office.

Sort Out Your Seating
It may seem quite obvious and it isn’t necessarily a style tip but a lot of people are content with sitting on a dining room or kitchen chair and this can have an adverse effect on you. These chairs aren’t designed to support your back and neck for long periods, instead you should look for a comfortable chair that you can happily work at, not only will you feel better but you will also be able to concentrate more. Remember a chair doesn’t just have to be functional, try adding a bit of style to it too.

Go Green
There is plenty of research that states having plants around us at work is not only good for the air but it is also calming and creates a pleasant atmosphere. Not only this but it is also a welcome change of colour! Try placing one or two plant pots on shelves or on your desk to help break up all that paperwork.

Get Personal
Some home offices might not get visitors but there are those who will require clients and others to visit. The last thing you want them to see is a messy and bland office. This can be as simple as introducing some vintage storage units as opposed to cardboard boxes and incorporating several light sources to create an interesting mood.

Be Inventive With Storage
A lot of home offices lack space so it is important to be creative with storage units. Why not consider vertical shelving units and modified ladders that allow you to stack books or bits and bobs to help keep your desk uncluttered.

Out With The Old
When you do have an entire room dedicated to your work there is quite a dated feeling that you simply have a desk at the end of it, either facing the wall or in the corner. Throw this idea out the window and bring in a bit of colour and attitude to your surroundings, remember the office should be a representation of your personality and you should want to spend time in there! Good lighting is key to creating a nice atmosphere, so make sure there are lighting options in any dark corners.

Sitting on Style: Interior Furniture Design

When people think of the word ‘home’ it conjures up images of peacefully relaxing in front of the television on a comfortable couch with their feet up and a glass of wine in hand. It is the livingroom that is a central point in communicating and relaxing in a house and therefore a great deal of importance is put on how stylish and comfortable it is.

When I was a university student we once had a set of awful old sofas that we were so ashamed of we covered with cheap throws. It may seem fickle but it was embarrassing having friends over and expecting them to feel relaxed and comfortable in a grotty livingroom. The couch is the biggest piece of furniture you have in your livingroom and therefore it is the most important. Often regardless of how stylish a livingroom is if the couch isn’t up to par then it can bring the whole room down. Of course comfort is key but if you are looking for a date to snuggle up to you when you are watching a scary movie then they aren’t going to feel particularly enamored by an ugly old couch.

Picking a stylish couch isn’t as simple as you might think, there are plenty of factors to take into consideration when buying a couch, from style, colour, and size to the material. Style is an important factor but you also want to bare in mind that you shouldn’t sacrifice comfort for it…there’s nothing worse than an uninviting couch. Any furniture you buy for your home is an investment as it will be there for a considerable amount of time, you might see your perfect couch and rush in to buy it only to find it is too big for the room.

Each of the aforementioned factors should be taken into account before making a decision and there are plenty of interior design websites and magazines to help you come up with creative and interesting ways of using a couch and chairs in a room.

Firstly, there are a variety of sizes to choose between so map out your livingroom in a scale drawing and work out what size couch would be best and whether you want it focused on something like the television.

Once you know sizes then you can focus on style. There are hundreds of different designs to choose between and the one you settle on will dictate the overall style of your room. For instance, a deep and soft couch will not lend itself towards a minimalist and industrial style; rather you would want a more structured, upright and firm couch.

You should be able to find stylish and comfortable models at the majority of furniture shops and department stores but don’t let their sometimes minimal stock limit your options. Online sites are the place to go to search for your preferred size and even furniture auctions. Just make sure you don’t overlook the mentioned factors for style!