Homeowners are sourcing wood and natural stone materials to produce an organic design throughout the garden and craft an outdoor living space that is more old-fashioned and real in appearance. With this transition from modern to traditional, people typically favor freeform decks and DIY-inspired fixtures like swing seating; furniture is made of wicker, rattan, bamboo, and teak, while hard-surface features like the walkway, patio, or fireplace are constructed from limestone, flagstone, slate, or concrete pavers mimicking natural stone.
Mixed Furniture & Retro-inspired Styles
Outdoor settings are being outfitted with more comfortable furnishings and fabrics to enhance the relaxation and performance of open-air venues at home. This means sofas, ottomans, armchairs, daybeds, and several other fixtures you normally find inside the home are being mass produced in durable, weather-resistant materials, with fade-resistant textiles, to furnish outside living spaces.
Color blocking is the pairing of two or three contrasting blocks of color to create bold focal points in an otherwise dull interior/exterior living space. This artful conception usually employs bright vibrant hues on opposing sides of the color wheel; however, subtler, more quiet tones can be used, making this trend applicable to varying styles and themes in an outdoor space. Examples of color blocking in an open-air setting include feature walls with painted squares that frame potted plants or counterbalance hanging artwork; bright patio curtains that backdrop modest furniture; and cheerful furnishings that stand out from a subdued background.
Advancing the Alfresco Kitchen
As open-air dining becomes more popular, a demand for the advancement of the alfresco kitchen – its performance and functionality – is to be satisfied by incorporating multiple cooking stations equipped with desirable appliances, cabinetry, and other conveniences. The inclusion of refrigerators, sinks, smokers, pizza ovens, ice machines, beer taps, and trash bins, in addition to ample drawer and cupboard space for storing ingredients, dishware, and cooking utensils, will eliminate multiple trips inside the home; everything a chef needs will be within hand’s reach. Furthermore, the installation of infrared heaters, fire pits, fire tables, or a fireplace can expand the usability and comfort of an outdoor dining area from six to ten months of the year.
Active Play Spaces
Kids are not the only ones who enjoy playing outside! To address the growing disinterest in lawn mowing and weed pulling, homeowners are excavating stretches of turf to put in various play spaces, horseshoe pits; croquet yards; giant chess boards; and volleyball and basketball courts. These recreational features enrich the time spent outdoors, giving you and your guests fun, competitive pastimes.
Technology is moving outdoors. Advancements in media entertainment have made it possible for homeowners to stay connected to their favorite sitcoms and movies outside the home, be it from the comfort of their pool, patio lounge, or alfresco dining terrace.