Spring is finally upon us, which means the weather is nice enough to bring your life outdoors. You want to enjoy it to the fullest, savoring every bit of warmth, creating memories with your friends & family, having some relaxing moments to yourself. The way your outdoor space is utilized plays a key role in making that happen – landscape design needs as much attention as the interior of the house. If you’d like to take yours to the next level, check out the latest trends in outdoor living.
1. Outdoor kitchens
An outdoor kitchen has been among top outdoor living trends for quite some time and isn’t about to give up the position. That may be for a good reason – it ensures you’ll never have to be stuck cooking dinner inside the house while your guests are enjoying the evening sun. Also, there are tons of options to choose from. Do you want it to be stone or wood? Would you like to add a fridge, a pizza oven, a dishwasher? These are only some of the appliances built into the outdoor kitchens nowadays. If you prefer going after the most recent innovations, you can even install voice-controlled devices such as smart grill controllable through your phone or voice commands. The popularity of outdoor kitchens reflects the trend of making your outdoor space livable by treating it as an extension of your home.
That leads us to the next trend…
2. Blending spaces
It is becoming more and more common to merge your interior and exterior design. It can be done in pretty simple ways – like using the same décor or the same flooring material. But it’s also possible to take it up a notch – you can install walls that open up or large sliding glass doors that leave a wide entrance to the terrace. You can also extend the ceiling to the outside in a straight, continuous line to form a patio. It will create a sense of consistency, besides, it will provide pleasant shade for you to sip your morning coffee in on a hot day and protection from rainy, snowy weather.
3. Edible gardens
House gardens aren’t about to lose their popularity – on the contrary, they continue to secure their place in our backyards. While the idea of growing a garden has been there for ages (literally), this landscape design trend still feels fresh. Thoughtfully combined herbs, vegetables and other plants can create beautiful ornaments that will revitalize your outdoor space. At the same time, you’ll have a variety of ingredients on hand and will always have joy of knowing where your food is coming from.
4. Sustainable Design
Growing an edible garden isn’t the only way to make your outdoor space greener. Moving towards simple, durable, ethically sourced materials is a change taking place in all aspects our lives and landscape isn’t an exception. More and more people are looking for sustainable design alternatives that allow them to utilize their outdoor space making it both nice and practical. A popular option is creating absorbent surfaces to capture rainwater by using materials like mulch, gravel or crushed bricks. You can also try to incorporate recycled materials into any of your landscape projects.
5. Outdoor Fire Pits
Another outdoor living trend that has been on the rise in 2019 is fire pits. These are a great choice for several reasons. They are just as useful as they are pretty – you can stay warm on the chilly evenings or gather some friends to toast marshmallows together if you feel like it. They’re also incredibly versatile. Fire pits come in all shapes and sizes, so they will fit in any space, besides, there’re endless styles to choose from, so you can easily find one that perfectly matches your exterior design.