With a new year comes new trends--even when it comes to outdoor living. Over the years, we’ve seen outdoor living evolve into something that’s almost as equally important as indoor living. With the introduction of new and improved outdoor fabrics that can be found in a variety of colors and patterns, outdoor spaces have certainly broken the mold. Let’s take a look at some of the best trends we can look forward to in 2018.
There’s plenty of nice outdoor furniture to choose from these days--but this year, you’ll see more and more collections that are worthy enough to be used in the living room. Thanks to the advances in furniture and fabric technology, it’s possible to have fully upholstered furniture outside no matter where you live.
The nice thing about outdoor spaces is that they give you the opportunity to get really creative in your color choices. This year, bolder colors will take center stage, making outdoor spaces truly attention-grabbing. If bold isn’t your thing, opt for something neutral and offset it with contrasting, patterned pillows featuring splashes of bold colors.
The goal for this year is to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. One big advantage of doing this is that it expands your living space, while subtly enticing you to get outdoors. Instead of it feeling like two separate places, it gives the illusion of being one expansive area that’s great for both daily life and those times in life when you’re entertaining guests. Simply put, a seamless indoor-outdoor transition makes it possible to offer the same level of comfort whether you’re inside or out.
Smoother, More Sustainable and Fashionable Flooring
Outdoor living spaces are typically shoe-free zones, so it’s no surprise that flooring is now being looked upon as an independent design feature. While pressure-treated traditional wood decking will still be popular, homeowners have more options to choose from including composite decking, porcelain and ceramic tile, foam tiles, artificial grass, brick, concrete, rubber, and even outdoor carpet. With so many low-maintenance options, there’s bound to be something that suits everyone’s individual design style.
Smart Technology Gadgets
We live in a digital world, so it was only a matter of time for smart technology to make its way to the backyard. Robot mowers, floating LED ball lights, outdoor TVs, halogen umbrella lamps, Bluetooth speakers, photo-taking bird feeders, swimming pool alarms, and even digital thermometers that alert your phone when the steaks are done, are just some of the cool gadgets you can add to your outdoor living space(s).
There’s something so peaceful about sitting by a fire, especially when it’s outdoors. So it makes total sense that fire features are becoming increasingly popular when it comes to outdoor living design. It doesn’t matter if it’s a permanent, built-in fireplace or a smaller, less permanent fire pit, you’ll see more and more of them this year.
So, what do you think your favorite trend of the year will be? Be sure to stop by one of our showrooms our browse our online selection of outdoor fabrics from the comfort of your home. We have something for everyone.