With a new season comes new trends, and 2016 is focusing our attention on the aesthetic value of beautifully designed plus functional outdoor living spaces.
The most influential trend this year in outdoor spaces is bringing the indoors out. By mimicking the feel and design of an interior room, you can create a cozy and inviting spot to enjoy the outdoors while still feeling at home. Due to the advancement of weather-proof materials, we have plenty of options available to decorate our outdoor spaces to resemble an indoor setting. Instead of resorting to the typical outside Tiki and Island themes, choose colors and patterns that coordinate with the interior of your home. To make a seamless, eye-pleasing transition, duplicate a current theme from your home, or choose a color or pattern from your living room and expand on it.
A top focus is the creation of a versatile area outside — a spot where you can enjoy chatting, eating, or even watching TV. Mix furniture pieces such as sectional couches, lounges, and benches to create this flexibility. Large, clean-lined dining tables that you would picture inside a formal dining room are the perfect addition to your outdoor spot. Consider installing an exterior fireplace. Complete it with a hearth and picture frames of your loved ones for a picturesque living room vibe.
Also trending are fully-equipped outdoor kitchens designed for any Top Chef who wants to enjoy the sunset while creating a masterpiece. Homeowners are adding state-of-the-art barbeque grills and smokers, as well as chilled beverage centers, keg tappers, sinks, and refrigerators. Complete your oasis with a brick oven, which can be utilized for more than pizza. Where there is cooking there will be gatherers, so plenty of seating is essential. Stools placed around kitchen islands with bar counters are the perfect addition to accommodate onlookers with a glass of wine.
Another focal point is outdoor lighting. Lighting is a major component in setting the mood of an area, and with the right amount of added warmth you can create an air of romance in your outdoor space. If you are seeking to establish ambiance, opt for string lighting, candles, or Tiki torches. Do you have a focus piece or an outside accent wall you are especially proud of? Consider adding a spotlight to showcase it in the dark. Safety is also extremely important to address, and therefore the proper lighting for pathways and pool areas is crucial as well.
The concept of an outdoor living space has grown far beyond a simple deck featuring basic patio furniture, and we invite you to explore the innovative ideas and countless options to design the perfect outdoor haven for you and your loved ones.