New to Singapore and shopping for a gorgeous piece of outdoor furniture to fill your balcony or garden? There are heaps of stunning choices on offer and variables to consider (the oh-so-humid weather and hardcore rain, for example), so we’ve listed lots of options below with the help of our pals at Danish Design Co, alongside their top tips for choosing the right item for your patch outside.
1. Consider the size of your outdoor area
Be realistic about the space – don’t buy too much, as this will clutter the area and could distract from any views. If you entertain often, opt for an extending table with a simple and good mechanism instead of a singular large table.
The Kore Small Extending Table seats from 6 to 10 persons, an ideal size for most families. It’s fuss free extending mechanism can be used singlehandedly by a person. The choice of satin glass or teak table top offers a table that complements both modern and traditional homes.
2. Take into account the nature of your outdoor area
If you have an open terrace without any shelter, opt for fully weatherproof materials that are durable enough to stay outside 24/7 and can easily be maintained. This will save you the hassle of storing cushions etc.
Grid Outdoor Lounge features pioneering outdoor lounge cushion technology which is conceived, designed and engineered to be left outside all year round and in all weathers without any need to cover or protect. It features a unique nano-treatment on the surface that helps repel both water and stains.
3. Location, location, location
If you live by the sea (Sentosa, East Coast, etc), be mindful that Stainless Steel will oxidize much quicker due to the salt content in sea breezes and will require more maintenance in the long run. Opt for powder coated aluminium or electro-polished stainless steel for extra protection.
Gloster offers an electro-polished finish as a premium alternative for furniture used in coastal environments. Electro-polishing removes much of the iron from the surface of the steel, but leaves the chrome intact, resulting in shinier but much improved corrosion resistant surface that is easy to maintain.
4. Choose modular furniture to give flexibility
Always go for modular designs as they are practical and maximise the use of space. Simply re-configure your furniture to update the look and feel of the outdoor space. Plus, if you shift to a smaller or larger space in future, simply store or purchase additional modules rather than buying an entirely new set of furniture.
Cloud Outdoor Lounge is not only modular but also highly flexible. The arms can be taken off and put on easily – allowing you to form a myriad of configurations depending on your needs.
5. Go bold with colours
The use of colours can hugely liven up an outdoor space, so be bold and use colours to take an outdoor space from dull to dazzling. If you prefer something subtle, try using cushions and accessories to introduce a pop of colour to the space.
Nomad Outdoor Lounge creates a great level of vibrancy to spruce up any outdoor area. The lightweight and modular seating blocks can be easily moved to create lots of arrangements. Units come with easy-to-fit fabric slipcovers that remove easily and also washable. When you’re ready for an update, simply switch the covers for new ones (instead of having to purchase new furniture).
6. Modern, traditional, or something in between?
It has become increasingly popular to extend modern indoor design to an outdoor area. If you prefer a clear distinction between the two, opt for a traditional look with outdoor furniture in good quality teak. Alternatively, the Dansk range is the perfect mix of modern and classic.
Gloster only uses premium grade plantation grown teak – it features a straight grain structure with no knots, splits or cracks, plus an even, overall colour.
7. Keep it light and uncluttered
Opt for furniture that gives you a light silhouette, rather than the omnipresent weave which can look passé and heavy. The see-through detailing in the Vista range creates a light appearance to open up any outdoor area.
All of the beautiful items above can be snapped up at Danish Design Co at 100E Pasir Panjang Road (Century Warehouse, #08-01, 118521). To chat to someone about any the pieces here, call 6270 8483 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open weekdays 10am-5pm and weekends 11am-6pm.
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