After dishing on the top decking trends last week, we’re back to share more outdoor living trends that will be emerging outside of homes in the Southeastern and Central regions.

"Southeast: When it comes to decking colors, Southern homeowners lean toward browns, tans and rich, natural tones that bring to mind the tropics. The most popular shades of Trex decking in this region are Spiced Rum, an earthy umber with the streaked look of tropical hardwoods, and Rope Swing, a warm taupe color. As far as aesthetics, Southern staples such as stately porches with rocking chairs and swings remain in high demand. Pergolas that diffuse the impact of the Southern sun continue to grow in popularity in this region, as do elaborate, well-appointed outdoor kitchens. This region also is known for lush landscaping, where it’s popular to install lighting to highlight plants and outdoor areas.

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Central: Midwesterners have found a solution to shorter prime-time daylight hours in outdoor lighting, which has become increasingly popular among homeowners in the Central U.S. Landscape and deck lighting can significantly extend the amount of time you’re able to spend enjoying your outdoor living space. Flexible systems like Trex® OutdoorLighting™ help to create a more inviting – and safe – outdoor environment. Popular decking shades in this region reflect the area’s natural environment. Homeowners prefer colors, such as Trex’s Tree House, which complement both the prairie and deciduous Midwest landscapes.

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To see examples of Trex outdoor living settings reflecting each region’s distinct tastes, visit the Inspiration Gallery, where images are sorted by region and environment.

For our final installment later this week, we’re headed west to share the most popular outdoor living preferences for homeowners in the Northwest and Southwest.

Share with us the types of trends you’re seeing in your region!