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Summertime evokes images of floral hats and croquet, moonlight soirees, poolside cocktails and garden gatherings. Everything we need to shake off the remnants of winter and settle into a convivial new season. But before you get your guest list out and start brushing up on pink gins, cast your eye over your garden furniture. 2022 is the year of fresh beginnings and with some exciting new trends in the mix, now is the time to turf out the old and opt for something fabulous.
Here’s a peek at our favourite outdoor sofas, good enough to make your get-togethers the most entertaining they’ve ever been.
Outdoor décor trends for summer 2022
With garden décor leaning more towards embodying indoor aesthetics, it’s important to break away from simple deck chairs and a rickety old table. Let’s explore some hot ideas that will help transform your patio into something spectacular.
Alfresco dining is the new norm, so make sure that you install an outdoor kitchen to get your party started. Guests can gather round and chat as you cook up a storm.
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This year, it’s no longer all about seating areas, so make sure your furniture is versatile. Think about doubling up an ottoman as a drinks table or how a dining suite could provide you with a functional workspace.
Comfort is key
It’s all about furnishings you can sink into. Find yourself a cosy loveseat, a decadent daybed or opt for a luxury modular sofa that oozes opulence.
Add a little extra
Garden accessories have taken the world by storm. From swanky cushions and shag carpets to glitzy hosepipes and posh planters, glam up your terrace and get them all talking.
Light the way
Aside from being functional, outdoor lighting is your key to adding ambience and highlighting all your outdoor features. Put a spot on your pool, string some lanterns across your eating area or highlight your hydrangeas – it will add to the wonder of it.
Choosing the right outdoor sofas for your space
When it comes to outdoor sofas, there are 3 things you should keep in mind.
1. Durability: Let’s face it, there’s no predicting the weather, so it’s vital that you pick items that are of the highest quality and are built for enduring less sunny days.
2. Ease: The intention of outdoor living is relaxation and every piece you invest in should exude comfort.
3. Style: New trends come and go, so the answer is to choose timeless furniture that can be easily accessorised to keep them in vogue. Below are our best outdoor sofas for garden gatherings.
U Shaped outdoor sofas
U shaped outdoor sofas are exactly what you need if conversation is of the essence. Shaped to encourage inclusivity in large groups of people, they’re perfect for garden socials and family nights. And because they offer seating on three sides, you’ll always have ample space for one more guest. The best news is that with so many customisation options available across most of our sofa brands, we can help you design one that really appeals to you. This snazzy Brafta Centre sofa by Skyline Design will give your home a relaxed, beachy feel. Browse our website for some more fabulous offerings.
L Shaped outdoor sofas
Classy and elegant, L shaped sofas are marvellous for framing the corner of your entertainment area. They also help to free up space, making room for accent chairs and ottomans to be added to your ensemble. And they’re great for promoting flow, making it easy for visitors to sit down and join in mid-conversation. Atmosphera have some stunning offerings like this modular 9. Zero outdoor corner sofa in Indonesian teak and an array of fun fabrics.
2 Seater outdoor sofas
The idea of a two-seater outdoor sofa may seem a little restrictive when it comes to garden gatherings, but who said you only had to have one? Light and easy to move around, they can be arranged any way you please and can be paired up with chairs or a stylish chaise longue. Skyline Design’s fresh approach to garden furniture is an absolute joy, so have a look at their outdoor sofas and pick out something airy. We’re hooked on the Kona love seat.
Unique large outdoor sofas
Large outdoor sofas are exactly what you need if entertaining is your passion. With ample room for everyone, they offer sublime comfort and expansiveness that speaks of affluence and luxury. Position two opposite each other with some matching chairs at one end, and you’ll be partying until dawn. Manutti’s River sofa will make you feel like a mogul!
Shop outdoor sofas at FCI London
For all your outdoor sofa needs and more, FCI London is the place to be. Our amazing team will help you style your outdoor patio and guide your sofa choices seven days a week. Pop into our showroom and see us – we’re ready for you!
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