Guest Picks: Contemporary Garden Ideas
Take your garden design into the 21st century with eye-catching sculptures, sleek outdoor furniture and futuristic features
Rachel Newcombe July 11, 2012
I'm a freelance writer, editor and blogger specialising in homes, interiors and property. I run Fresh Design Blog http://www.freshdesignblog.com (a modern and contemporary interior design blog) and Cosy Home Blog http://www.cosyhomeblog.com (vintage, traditional, shabby chic and classic home ideas) and love hunting for great buys for the home!
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Hooray! Summer has finally arrived! Now it's time to get outside and enjoy your garden. If you're keen to incorporate contemporary styling and design into your garden, however small or large it is, there are plenty of ways to do so and plenty of products that can help create a new look. Here are my top picks of contemporary garden ideas. — Rachel from Fresh Design Blog
This amazing piece of contemporary sculpture by David Harper naturally draws the eye in. The light and reflections from the polished stainless steel create lovely effects in the garden.
I love the look of this garden pod! You can sit comfortably inside in the sun or shade and rotate it for a different view.
These are perfect for helping light up a pathway at night. The design is inspired by a pine tree.
Oh, if I only had space for this! This looks wonderfully comfortable for relaxing on the patio.
What's not to like about a love sofa? It's cute and cozy, and it has a multipositional canopy to shield you from the sun, wind or prying eyes.
This metal honeycomb trellis is brilliant for creating a contemporary look on a wall with climbing plants. It's modular, so you can create your own pattern.
I love the domed design of this contemporary pergola, for so often they are just square. You could grow a climbing rose, honeysuckle or clematis up the structure, or keep it bare to enjoy the wood.
Doesn't this look like a super way to get cozy in the garden? The Apple Daybed Pod comes with snugly cushions (one for the base and five scatter cushions) and is the perfect place to relax and get protection from the sun.
This looks like a great water feature for a contemporary garden. It's made from a sheet of stainless steel and comes supplied with low-voltage lights.
This unusual art installation for the garden is — would you believe it? — made from glass. The stems blend in wonderfully amongst a border of flowers and plants, and they glimmer and shine as they catch the light. It's a definite feature and talking point for a contemporary garden!
I love the idea of this aluminum garden furniture. It is practical as a garden seating solution, and the intricate floral design looks stunning too.
This is a nice contemporary-style garden torch. It's perfect for barbecues and quite apt for the Olympic year.
This impressive chalice-style water feature for the garden cleverly gives the impression that the bowls rotate when they're actually static.
This looks like a fabulous daybed! I love the tent/tepee style of it.
Iron Vein is renowned for designing striking metal garden sculptures, and this steel succulent is no exception. I particularly like the fact that each leaf is a separate part, so you can design and style your agave plant in your garden as you wish.
This is a lovely contemporary coffee table for the garden. It's got a glass top, but you can fill the cavity below with pebbles, shells or glass nuggets.
I love the curved effect of this garden furniture set. When not in use, the pieces fit together into a perfect circle.
This looks like a sleek and stylish modern fire pit.
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