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Nov 24, 2023
Seating with cushions and throws – Beautiful Homes

Here are some outdoor furniture ideas to craft an unwind corner for your cosy winter evenings

It is the season of cosy knits, and as the cool breeze carries the scent of bonfires you cannot help but think of piping hot cups of masala chai. Temperatures are dropping and as we stand on the threshold of winter, our outdoor spaces, often abandoned during the summer heat, are beckoning us. It's the ideal time to create an oasis where you can savour your morning tea, enjoy a community barbecue, or simply bask in the glory of a sun-kissed afternoon. To do this, your choice of outdoor furniture is paramount, as it not only adds to the functionality but also to the charm of your space. Whether it's a spacious garden, a petite balcony, or a charming patio, different types of furniture pieces offer the potential for a space that's uniquely yours.


 

TYPES AND STYLES OF OUTDOOR FURNITURE

1. Patio Sectionals

For those with larger outdoor spaces, patio sectionals offer a luxurious seating arrangement. These come in a variety of designs, from sleek and modern to traditional and cosy. They often feature all-weather cushions and sturdy frames that can withstand the rigors of winter. Accessorising it with some plush cushions and throw blankets can instantly elevate the appeal and comfort.

Modern patio sectional design idea – Beautiful Homes

Modern patio sectional by Sarita Handa NOW.

Sleek bistro set design idea – Beautiful Homes

Sleek bistro set by SPIN.

2. Bistro Sets

For smaller balconies or intimate corners, bistro sets are a delightful option. These compact, two-seater arrangements are perfect for sipping coffee or tea while enjoying the nip of cold air. You can find bistro sets made from various materials, including wrought iron, aluminum, or wood.

3. Outdoor Chairs

From extensive lawns to small balconies, outdoor chairs are timeless classics, identified through their exceptional comfort and materiality. Crafted from materials like cedar, teak, durable polyethylene, aluminum or wicker, they are built to withstand different temperatures. Be it a chair with contemporary aesthetics, or one with a rustic charm, they are perfect for a relaxed winter afternoon with a warm blanket and an engrossing novel.

 

4. Hanging Chairs and Swings

If you have a compact space or a desire for a unique and whimsical touch, hanging chairs or swings are an excellent choice. These cocoon-like seats offer a sense of nostalgia and tranquility, allowing you to curl up and unwind while being gently rocked by the winter breeze. They can be made from synthetic wicker or rattan, making them durable for outdoor use.

Unique hanging chair design idea – Beautiful Homes

Unique hanging chair by Studio Namah.

Wooden seating design idea – Beautiful Homes

Outdoor wooden seating by Stone Art.

5. Ottomans and Stools

Ottoman pouffes covered in fabric can serve as both seating and decorative pieces. They're not only stylish but also provide an extra layer of comfort with their soft, cushioned tops. On the other hand, stools are simple yet practical seating options. These low, rounded seats can be placed around a low table for an informal and cosy gathering space, perfect for spending the evening with friends over coffee.

 

6. Fire Pit Tables

Fire pit tables combine the warmth of a crackling fire with the functionality of a table. These versatile pieces of outdoor furniture come in various styles and materials, including stone, metal, and glass. Gathering around a fire pit table with friends and family, roasting marshmallows or enjoying a comforting bowl of soup is what winter dreams are made of.


 

MATERIALS USED FOR OUTDOOR FURNITURE

Choosing the right material for your outdoor furniture is essential, especially in diverse climates. They should withstand the heat, moisture, cold spells, and varying weather conditions. Here are some common materials used for outdoor furniture:

1. Teak

Teak is a popular choice for outdoor furniture due to its durability and natural resistance to moisture, pests, and decay. It ages gracefully, taking on a silvery patina over time.

 

2. Cedar

Cedar possesses natural oils that help it resist decay and insects. Being lighter in weight, Cedar furniture is easy to move and arrange, to create your ideal outdoor escape.

 

3. Wicker/Rattan

Synthetic wicker or rattan furniture is a popular choice for its classic look and comfort. It's designed to withstand varying weather conditions and is often UV-resistant, ensuring it retains its colour and shape in all seasons.

 

4. Polyethylene (Polywood)

Polyethylene furniture is a sustainable and durable option made from recycled materials. It offers the look of wood without maintenance, making it perfect for a low-maintenance winter retreat.

Classic outdoor chair design idea – Beautiful Homes

Classic outdoor chair by Dedon, available at Etreluxe.

5. Aluminum

Aluminum furniture is lightweight, rust-resistant, and requires minimal maintenance. It can be molded into various styles and designs, making it a versatile option for modern outdoor spaces.

 

6. Wrought Iron

Wrought iron furniture is known for its sturdiness and classic designs. Its intricate patterns and decorative elements add an Indian touch to any outdoor space. However, it's essential to protect it from rust by applying the right coating.

 

 

ACCESSORISING OUTDOOR FURNITURE

Once you've chosen your outdoor furniture and the materials that suit your space and style, don't forget to accessorise with some snug and inviting elements. Here are some ideas:

Seating with cushions and throws – Beautiful Homes

Cushions add warmth to this seating by Outdoor Connections.

1. Cushions and Blankets

Soft cushions and blankets can add warmth and comfort to your outdoor seating. You can opt for colors and patterns that complement your winter aesthetic. You can also create an extra lounging spot with the addition of a carpet, made for outdoor use.

 

2. Outdoor Artefacts

Incorporate traditional or contemporary artifacts like brass bells, painted wooden panels or metal sculptures as decorative elements to elevate the space.

3. Outdoor Lighting

Strategically placed outdoor lighting can create a magical ambience during the winter evenings. String lights, lanterns, and torches can help set the mood for relaxation.

 

Creating the perfect outdoor retreat for the winter season is about capturing the essence of the season and a nook you can enjoy, with the right outdoor furniture, materials, and accessories.

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