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Leading expert reveals what’s hot for outdoor living in 2023

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New Year is often quoted as a time for new beginnings. Whether we make resolutions to be better people, take time out of our busy schedules to indulge a new hobby, or pledge to donate more to those in need – taking the plunge into a new year is commonly associated with a personal refresh.

But, when a new year begins, we often forget about our living spaces, and how these also deserve a freshen up. Home is truly where the heart is, and in 2023, we should be taking the time to make meaningful changes to the places where we spend most of our time – especially the time we spend with nature, in our outdoor spaces. With Google searches for ‘garden ideas’ up 80%, and ‘garden decking ideas’ up 450% in the past 30 days, and searches expected to soar once the warmer weather rolls in, it is clear the nation is already preparing to get outdoors in 2023.

If you are looking to go on a health journey in 2023, spending time outdoors has actually been proven to have multiple positive effects. From improving mood, to reducing stress, to increasing physical activity – using your garden space has some real benefits.

So, all signs point to improving our alfresco spaces – but how exactly do we achieve this? Well, Harbour Lifestyle, the luxury living brand, reveals the top three garden furniture items set to be in demand in outdoor living spaces in 2023 – based on national demand.


Indoor/outdoor living - The pergola

By far Harbour Lifestyle’s most popular item of 2022, the pergola, has turned out to be a dark horse in garden design up and down the nation. Rising a whopping 400% in Google searches in the past month – the nation is clearly obsessed with these stylish yet functional piece of furniture.

The humble pergola is, simply put, a rectangular outdoor structure that provides shelter and shade. Usually consisting of four posts and a roof, and occasionally removable walls, these structures can be either free standing, or attached to your home.

Despite their sophisticated appearance, there is another factor that makes a pergola the hottest ‘must-have’ garden item of 2023. Pergolas are multi-functional, and can actually act as an extension of your interior living space. If you’ve always wanted to expand your home, a pergola may be the solution you are looking for.

Less expensive than an extension or a conservatory, pergolas can be mounted to the side of your home to create a continuation of your living space. Plus, nine times out of ten, you won’t actually need to attain planning permission to extend your space using a pergola. It’s a no brainer.

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Return of the Rattan – The dining set

We all know the common New Year’s resolution of eating better. But, what if we told you that you don’t have to consume solely vegetables to eat healthy? According to research, dining outdoors has multiple health benefits – ranging from reducing your chance of illness, to improving your mood. So, unsurprisingly, it is no wonder that Google has seen a recent 550% rise in demand for ‘outdoor kitchens’ in the past 30 days alone.

Harbour Lifestyle has reported a huge surge in popularity in rattan-based design, especially when it comes to outdoor dining. Rattan has seen a revival in the latter months of 2022, with stylish, more modern models coming to the forefront of furniture design.

To spruce up your alfresco dinner party, why not combine your rattan dining set with a firepit? Firepits have proven their popularity in 2022, with some households using them as design features alone in their

alfresco set-ups. With Google searches for ‘firepit’ still rising 110% in the past 30 days, Harbour Lifestyle predicts they will continue to gain even more popularity as we move in to 2023.

Looking to make a stylish upgrade for 2023? If firepits aren’t your thing, why not refresh your outdoor space by combining a classic and comfortable corner set with an updated rope finish? Nautical-inspired rope furniture has seen breakout searches on Google, and is set to soar in the spring months of 2023.

Harbour Lifestyle has designed the world’s first ever corner dining rope ranges with a rising table - named the Monterrey, and the Palma. Fit to host the whole family, and sturdy enough to withstand the demands of any soiree – these uniquely stylish dining sets are a must-have addition for any perfectly polished pad. With robust aluminium frames, and lavishly comfortable foam filled cushions – these ranges are sure to provide a chic base to host any soiree. Need we say more?

Discover more information on the Monterrey and Palma ranges here.

Social Soirees – The sofa set

Households across the nation have changed their opinion on outdoor socialising following the pandemic’s lockdowns in 2020. People in the UK are spending an average of 46%[3] more time outdoors than they did pre-lockdown. With that in mind, it is clear why the nation is looking to invest in expanding their indoor social space into their gardens – and why sofa sets are set to surge in popularity in Spring 2023.

When spending more time outdoors, you want to ensure you have a cosy, comfortable space to relax in. Large sofa sets, including modular sets that can be moved around to suit your social situation, are set to be huge in 2023 in households. These sets are large enough to comfortably accommodate bigger groups, yet still remain stylish when not in use. Creating an outdoor living room, complete with side tables, weather resistant throw pillows, and a classy outdoor rug is a great way to increase time outdoors – you could even create your

space underneath your pergola to keep it protected from the Great British weather.

Speaking of the weather - Harbour Lifestyle’s innovative and all new weatherproof collection, the Luna range, comes equipped with a liquid resistant, UV resistant, all-weather outdoor fabric to protect from rain, wind, snow, sun, and negronis. Plus, rust proof frames allow pieces from the range to remain outdoors without risk of damage – so you can fill your alfresco calendar with soirees and celebrations all year round. Did somebody say Valentine’s Day BBQ?


So, with the top three garden furniture trends of 2023 revealed, which ones will you be investing in for the best possible start to 2023? Overall, spending time outdoors is great for the mind, body, and soul – so creating a space where you can socialise, dine, exercise, and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.  

For more information about Harbour Lifestyle, please visit here.

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