Incorporating stone seating into your garden landscaping can make for a great hideaway, whether you have a vast lawn to add interest to, or a cosy courtyard to make even cosier. You can take your pick from great traditional or contemporary styles, with a whole host of materials available, offering plenty of flexibility when it comes to exterior design and decoration.
Read on for just a small selection of the kinds of things you can do with some quality stone seating in your garden, and use it as inspiration to revamp your outside space.
A Quiet Corner for Reading…
When it’s cold and drizzly outside, especially during the winter months, there is nothing better than snuggling up in a cushy armchair, with a cup of tea and a good book. What do you do in the summer, though? You relocate…outdoors.
A stone bench is a great place to stretch out and laze in the sun as you turn the page, or somewhere to enjoy a sandwich as you flick through your favourite classic. If you want a quiet corner to escape to, try one of our curved or straight benches tucked in amongst some sweet fruit or olive trees, or go quirky with a saddle stone.
Alternatively, if your garden is less mature, you can create your own private spot with garden troughs full of tall perennials like Oriental lilies or a Miscanthus; a stunning organic screen to hide behind.
A Top Spot for a Tipple…
Curved benches like the Hadley or Medici are great if you plan on entertaining in a classy but casual setting. You can place two or three around the edge of a patio or circular flowerbed, so everyone can mix and mingle amongst a lovely floral fragrance.
If you want a closer knit setting, you could always opt for a coffee table set. Position it as the focal point in the middle of your borders – you could even construct some form of temporary outside bar (see ideas, here).
Having grape vines and olive trees in and around the seating area not only adds a little something to the sights and smells of the patio but also lets you impress guests with a fresh olive in their martini or a sip of homemade wine.
An Al’Fresco Extension…
Taking part of your home outside is a superb way to extend your living space and make the most of the summer evenings, starry skies and fresh air.
Don’t think you are limited to just the summer months, though; nice weather in the UK can extend all the way into October on a good year. Don’t forget, when the mercury drops, you can make your al fresco extension cosy with cups of tea, big woolly jumpers and blankets, along with an outdoor heater or fire pit for those nippier nights.
Imagine: friends and family gathered around our Grand Patio Suite. There will be candles on the go or string lights up, hot drinks and comfort food (maybe bowls of chilli or homemade stew), an outdoor heater and a selection of “guest blankets” from your garden blanket box. You can laugh, share stories, count stars and enjoy good food and good company – all year round.
Now, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating your own oasis, complete with stylish and comfortable seating.
You might want a pixie-meets-hippie paradise with lights strung up, lots of wildflowers and a timber effect bench to chill out on. You may prefer a tea-party-friendly garden with a seating area fit for Alice in Wonderland. You may even like the thought of keeping things clean and simple with our Slimbridge Set.
Whatever your style, stone seating is a great place to start when furnishing your garden. Check out our range to see what suits you best, or get in touch to talk about your vision in more detail.