While creating a beautiful outdoor space that will look great for years to come shouldn’t be widely influenced by trends, there’s something wonderful about the rustic garden design trend. Perfectly complimenting the organic and natural elements of outdoor spaces, a rustic style is a great way to create a laidback and charming garden that’s a pleasure to spend time in.
If you want to update your garden with a rustic style this season, here are eight ideas to transform your outdoor space…
Choose Teak Furniture
The warm wood of teak is the perfect choice when it comes to choosing furniture to create a rustic outdoor space. Wood is a must in rustic design, as metal or manmade materials won’t quite cut it and will take away from the rustic charm.
When it comes to creating a rustic outdoor area for cooking and preparing food, try the Drop Module Teak Wall Kitchen by Cane-line. With a teak back and contrasting black base, this unique piece is ideal for a bohemian inspired outdoor space that’s also practical. For seating, try the Square Sofa in Teak. Compete with comfortable grey cushion pads, the warm wood of this sofa makes it the perfect rustic choice.
Introduce a Trellis
Rustic gardens are all about the detail. Nothing should be too polished, and lots of plants growing at different levels are a must. Create a cosy corner with the Diamond Trellis Panels by Unopiu. Add to the back of benches dressed with cushions, and grow climbing plants up the trellis. Alternatively, if you don’t want to create a seating area, simply team with large wood planters.
Add Texture and Pattern with Soft Furnishings
Creating a softness and interest with textures and patterns is a must to pull together a rustic garden scheme. While over the top pieces, formal patterns and bright colours won’t really work, the addition of the right kind of soft furnishings will add a cosy and laid back feel. Try dressing your sofa with woven and textured cushions and a throw in a palette of whites, creams and taupes.
A storage chest is a must to pack soft furnishings away when not in use. Try the Chest with Handles by Unopiu – with a teak finish, this is the perfect chest for rustic gardens.
Introduce Laid Back Furniture
It’s important to think about how you plan on using your outdoor space when it comes to deciding if a rustic scheme is right for you. To create this look, less formal furniture is best, and so a rustic garden is better suited to a laid back seating area, instead of a more formal dining area.
To create the perfect rustic seating area, try a rattan corner sofa, such as the Connect Module Sofa by Cane-line. Versatile and comfortable, you can build your own unique outdoor sofa to suit your space, and enjoy casual dining or drinks with friends and family.
Add Interest with Planters
A great way to add colour and further detail within your rustic garden is with potted plants. Ideal for placing in an empty corner, or alongside your seating area to pull the look together, planters will add that all important finishing touch.
In a lovely beige shade, the Cube Planter by Vondom will perfectly compliment your scheme. Add variety with height and planters in various shapes, the High Square Cone Planter in beige is a great way to keep things cohesive with colour, but add variety with shape and height.
Zone Spaces with Outdoor Rugs
A great way to add focus to spaces in large gardens is through using outdoor rugs. Not only will this help define your garden, but it will also add to the rustic charm. Try the Unopiu Rectangular Braided Rug in natural – the woven texture is perfect for a rustic scheme.
Go for Rattan Furniture
A great alternative to teak for a rustic garden is rattan. The woven finish of rattan furniture gives it a laid back vibe. Choose pieces in muted colour tones, such as beige or grey. You could also even choose black if you want to add a bit more depth to your scheme. For a rattan sun lounger, try the Presley Sun Lounger by Cane-line – the black and natural colour options are ideal. For your seating area, a rattan sofa is a must, along with rattan armchairs and a wood coffee table to complete the look.
Add a Touch of Colour
Just because you want to create a rustic outdoor space doesn’t mean you have to be colour shy, you just need to think carefully about the colours that you do introduce.
Bright colours don’t really work, but Moroccan tones of blue will always compliment a rustic scheme. Try adding a pop of blue here and there in your garden. The Mono Nano Planter by Vondom in blue is ideal to introduce a touch of this shade.
A rustic garden scheme can be incredibly pleasing and will create that perfect relaxing outdoor space that we all desire. As a rule of thumb, stick to natural and organic materials where possible, and add interest with soft furnishings and planters.