Outdoor living has never been more popular. More and more people are expanding their indoor areas or at least taking some of the homey comfort outside. This requires an investment of time and money as well as a sense of style. The winter may be showing nature’s harsh side, but there’s no need to let early frosts and chilly winds spoil the outdoor party.
Whether you want to create a modest retreat or a grand stage for outdoor activities, there are many stunning ideas that will shape the garden world in 2017.
The outdoor lifestyle has undergone a dynamic evolution. Many patios have served as comfy entertainment areas, but now they are starting to represent a great playground for all generations. Apart from designated playground areas integrated with decks, we will witness the proliferation of charcoal barbecues and outdoor kitchens.
The great outdoors have become the birthplace of fun and quality family time yet again, only this time it is only a few steps away. Of course, many patios will need to be updated to become multipurpose focal points of a new, amazing lifestyle.
The vintage will make a big comeback in 2017. The minimalist design and geometric style prominence are waning, making way for a blast from the past. An old-fashioned, organic, DIY appearance will be all the rage and this will be reflected through fabrics with retro prints that will garnish the furniture.
Stone and metallic details will be present on the seating arrangements and the champions of these aesthetics will be brass, iron, copper, stainless steel. On the other hand, concrete will loose ground except in those gardens that gravitate towards ultra-modern looks.
A natural way
When it comes to outdoor furniture, the clean, natural charm is in the spotlight. Its essence is the presence of sensitive wood and stone materials: wicker, rattan, bamboo, limestone, granite, slate, etc. Now, those who want to display such fragile pieces should protect them with water-resistant paint. Furthermore, color blocking is another prominent trend that brings about a contemporary aesthetic sensation. Color-block furnishings and upholstery will be used as primary tools of giving patios a sophisticated makeover: This is where the old savor meets modern bling.
Looking at an eternal blue sky may bring soothing joy, but the Mother Nature is not always kind to earth dwellers or furniture for that matter. Hence, many homeowners are figuring out ways to outfit outdoor areas with permanent or makeshift roofing. Now, exposed deck can be protected either by extending the house roofing or assembling a free standing patio roof.
There are also some other practical and budget-friendly solutions, like shade sails and sun sails. I managed to make an instant difference with some quality shade sails in Sydney, where protecting yourself from the sun is especially important during summer months.
A new purpose
Revamped and repurposed items have been around for some time, but in 2017 they’re expected to make a spectacular entrance on the central garden stage. The beauty of it is that the upcycled elements take all forms and sizes. Still, the pallet pieces will dominate the scenery and compose most of the striking sectionals and tables. In order to infuse them with more visual appeal, people will use paint coat, mainly earthy green, dusky blue and taupe beige. These tones complement the trending colors that adorn the interior space, forming a seamless connection with it.
A picture of beauty
In 2017, homeowners will be encouraged to experiment with colors, textures, and materials as long as they do not take the outdoor space away from nature’s embrace. Gardens will be snuggled up in the lap of vintage grace, but also given a modern twist. In order to accomplish a spellbinding outdoor-meets-indoors look, one must utilize trends that are making a splash. So, it’s time to think beyond the concrete slab and traditional limitations: Unleash your inner designer, stay in tune with the latest outdoor living tendencies, and treat yourself with a picture-perfect al fresco sanctuary.