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The Modern Garden Company is a high-end outdoor furniture, canopies, and accessories brand that helps clients to create beautiful, stylish outdoor spaces. With summer just around the corner, we get their expert hints and tips on choosing the right pieces for your poolside…
Nothing looks more appealing on a warm and sunny afternoon than a set of sun loungers next to a pool. While many people will focus on investing in the pool itself, the humble poolside has the potential to take the whole area to another level of stylish living.
When thinking about how you want to use your poolside, consider it as a space where you can display your personal style in a whole new environment. Ideally, you want to look at creating a sleek and minimal space, so nothing creates shadows that could interrupt your sunbathing and the area feels clean and uncluttered. Nevertheless, by matching the style with your home’s interior design, you can create an effortless flow throughout your property so invest in the right pieces and make it a show-stopping part of your garden.
Opt for premium pieces that reflect a calming and tranquil lifestyle, including sun loungers and parasols that enhance the poolside and terrace. It is always well worth investing in covers, too. To tie everything in together, you will also want to look at ambient lighting and elegant planters that can be immediately recognised for their artisanship and quality of materials.
When it comes to investing in poolside furniture which will be predominantly based outside, it’s vital that you choose tough, durable materials such as high-performing textiles, yarns, and timbers. Unlike indoor furniture, these pieces have to be resistant to water splashes, rain, sunlight, and extreme temperatures, and for pool houses humidity is a factor. See last month’s blog post, designing the perfect pool house, for more ideas.
Most kinds of outdoor fabrics are ideal – look for sophisticated technical materials made using traditional skills, as the upholstery will be easily washable and colourfast.
Just like a pool house, look at how your poolside can seamlessly blend into its surrounding environment by choosing complementary stone paving tiles and planting. Take your outdoor space to Tuscany with lovely terracotta tiles and oversized planters. Or you could create an impact with colourful mosaic tiles, lush hanging plants, and floor cushions for a Byzantium feel.
Three classic loungers and chaise longues
Loungers and chaise longues are perfect for creating blissful moments of calm around the pool; reclining, stackable, traditional, or contemporary – there are a range of styles to suit every type of outdoor space.
The adjustable Natal Alu lounger from The Modern Garden Company is generously sized with a Batyline seat and sturdy wheels. The aluminium frame is powder coated with UV and scratch resistant lacquer for a nice matte look and is easy to handle. Aluminium and Batyline are both easy to maintain, weather-resistant, and recyclable.
For a softer look, the Tosca lounger and daybed are simultaneously warm and inviting, creating a stylish and inviting spot to sit in. The material used for the vertical braiding is a highly innovative, extra wide, weatherproof weave with a mousse foam in a seamless, knitted sleeve made out of polyolefin and textilene. The material has a natural appearance, and is 100% weatherproof. The comfortable outdoor cushions guarantee the utmost comfort.
If timber is a preferred look, the combination of the broad slats and the pure but powerful design of the Kos teak lounger reinvents teak in a modern, robust way. This lounger is adjustable into five positions and has wheels with non-marking rubber.
Inviting and eye-catching, this daybed is perfect for catching up on some much needed R&R. It’s perfect for two to snooze away in the sun surrounded by a bed of cosy cushions, and its airy design and warm colour combinations of teak and handwoven Tricord will immediately create an intimate and natural atmosphere around your pool.
The Tricord yarn consists of polyolefin and is weather-resistant, but has nevertheless a very soft look and feel. The comfortable outdoor cushions can be left outside, even when it’s raining, thanks to the ventilated stuffing in a waterproof cover.
For a cool, relaxed style, create a little shade with sophisticated sun sails, canopies, and elegant parasols. A modern classic, a distinctive sun sail combines functionality with a sleek look.
Sun sails don’t just provide a great source of shade, shelter from showers, and UV protection; they also offer stunning aesthetics that are quite unique. If you want to make the best use of outside areas, installing a sail shade is a fantastic option. Keep in mind the size of the shade in relation to the proportions of the surrounding walls or structures to achieve architectural harmony of the overall design and realisation of the desired shading.
If your poolside suits something smaller, a perfectly pretty parasol always adds a touch of elegance (as well as much needed shade), creating a relaxing, inviting atmosphere on your poolside terrace – just remember to consider your location, where shade is required, and fixing requirements in case of open, windy locations!
Ultimately the ideal poolside furniture is timeless, elegant, incredibly comfortable, and always luxurious. Look for items that are perfectly finished and you’ll find yourself spending all of your free time outside by the pool. Collections made by companies such as The Modern Garden Company combine a smart mix of stylish and functional pieces that are ideal for outdoor living.