The heart of the home is shifting outside. Here are the products and trends that will be influencing the look, feel and function of outdoor living this year.
The heart of the home is shifting outside where the hottest trends and newest products do not simply feature the look of the indoors – but the functionality as well. Advances in all-weather materials and furnishings have made it possible for the outdoors to act as a seamless extension of the home. As these comforts have become the norm, homeowners are seeking other ways to extend their time outdoors and the usefulness of their exterior spaces. Here are the products and trends that will be influencing the look, feel and function of outdoor living spaces this year.
There is growing interest in eco-friendly alternatives to wood products, which contribute to deforestation and leave a heavy carbon footprint. Composite decking, such as Trex, is made from recycled materials, outperforms wood and has fewer harmful environmental impacts.
Among the hottest design influences is “hygge” (pronounced hoo-gah) – the Scandinavian term for a feeling of coziness. This year, outdoor spaces will beckon homeowners to relax with hygge-inspired accents, from plush cushions and throws to warming features.
No one wants hours of annual deck upkeep! Unlike wood, composites resist fading, staining, scratching and mold – and won’t rot, warp or splinter. No sanding, staining or painting is required. Plus, care and cleaning is simple - spills wash off with soap and water.
While railing matched to the decking remains popular, more homeowners are installing complementary designs afforded by new railing materials in modern, metal finishes, as well as sleek, minimalist designs inspired by commercial architecture, such as Trex Signature® Railing.
Outdoor kitchens are finally living up to their name with well-appointed and fully-integrated cooking stations. Expect this trend to result in increasingly functional outdoor kitchens complete with cooking islands, smokers, pizza ovens and refrigerators.
Another must-have is outdoor cabinetry that blends interior style with durability to withstand the elements, similar to the Trex® Outdoor Kitchens™ collection. Expect to see more color-coordinated drawers and pull-out trash bins for a completely finished look.
Thanks to innovative products and design approaches, homeowners everywhere are transforming their outdoor spaces into multi-seasonal extensions of their homes. For example, deck drainage systems like Trex® RainEscape® create usable space underneath an elevated deck.
Outdoor lighting is another “bright” idea in high demand. Look for increased use of LED lights integrated into decks and railings to enhance the ambiance and safety of an outdoor space, and extend the time spent enjoying it.
More homeowners are feeling confident about building their own outdoor living spaces. Lighter weight deck boards, such as Trex Enhance®, as well as innovative, easy-to-install railing panels, have made DIYing a dream deck easier than ever.
Home automation is huge, so it’s only natural that the tech trend should migrate outdoors. From controlled lighting and weatherproof speakers to outdoor LED televisions, homeowners are now able to bring entire entertainment systems outdoors.