Gazebos retain that special air of elegance that other structures simply cannot provide. Covered or open patios are nice, of course, but these freestanding structures distance themselves not only in placement but also in a sense of perceived isolation. Even at their smallest sizes, they offer an inviting visual along with a somewhat mystical aura that hails back centuries. Gazebos designed for seasonal or all-season use require a special touch in furniture selection.
Gazebos through the Ages
Since ancient times, gazebos have found a place in the garden or near water. They have served as more than places to relax, as some became greenhouses for plants and others were set aside for ceremonial or religious events. In some cultures, gazebos were built as towering structures with a view of their owners’ surrounding properties. For the Egyptians, they offered a reflection of paradise as the spirit of the structures and contents would follow their keepers into the afterlife. As gazebo designs rose in popularity across the centuries, they became known as teahouses in the Far East, and Europeans called them summerhouses. By the 1850s, wealthy Americans began appreciating the joys of gazebo ownership.
Today’s gazebos range from temporary to permanent structures. They can be any shape or size although the larger commercial units are more commonly identified as pavilions. Gazebo roofs are peaked or flat, and post supports may incorporate partial walls or fabric pull-backs that add to their sophisticated appearance. All-season gazebos typically feature large windows, flooring and heating systems for winter comfort.
As an extension of the home or far enough away to provide a separate view, gazebos are wonderful retreats that can become full living spaces or a less elaborate respite for a smaller group.
Choosing Wicker Furniture for the Gazebo
Wicker designed for outdoor spaces offers all the components needed to create that perfect living or chat space in gazebos. All-weather resin crafted furniture can take the heat and exposure to the elements whether at seaside, in a humid setting or an arid environment. Man made fibers mimic natural rattan, but they have much more value and style options for outdoors.
Because most gazebos are open, furniture groupings should present an attractive view from every angle. Wicker collections are traditional favorites, making it easy to design for large or small floor plans. Coastal styles create relaxed formal groupings while island wicker brings a festive spirit to outdoor spaces. Decorative back and side features include diamond lattice and stick patterns that complement a host of choices in cushions. Sofas, loveseats and chairs gathered around a cocktail table give the added feel of privacy while U-shaped arrangements suggest openness. Multi-piece sets often include options for adding additional seating as needed to fill a floor layout. When space allows, mobile or stationary chaises are decadent lounging choices ideal for poolside gazebos.
Some gazebos are dedicated to dining and bar setups. Round, rectangular, square and oval tables with a full surround of armchairs offer the ultimate comfort. Pub tables with stools are also options for creating more intimate arrangements.
Contemporary resin wicker pieces are stunning assets for modular or Mediterranean style structures. Sectionals remain popular along with over scaled pieces that feature sweeping curves. One distinctive feature of modernized styling is enclosed panel weaves that completely conceal framework. From sides, backs or fronts, they offer sleek profiles at a distance.
As a temporary summer retreat or as a year-round escape, gazebos are unique in the personality they bring to back yards, lush garden spots and palatial landscapes. Filling them with the right furnishings only enhances the view.