Best outdoor living design trends for 2018
From summer BBQs to backyard gatherings, outdoor entertaining has become synonymous with the Australian way of life.
For many homeowners these spaces are true extensions of their homes.
Whether you’re adding a deck to create a more functional space or you’re simply making ‘wow’ factor improvements, the latest outdoor living trends can serve as inspiration.
Here’s some of the best outdoor living design trends to inspire you this year.
Aussies crave an outdoor space they can use throughout the year. No one enjoys being limited to one entertaining area, so temperature control all year round is important.
During the winter months, a fire pit helps to extend usable time in the space offering warmth and comfort. Sunken firepits can become the focal point of the backyard and serve as a natural gathering spot for guests. Due to their aesthetic appeal and functionality, firepits are one of the highest-requested garden features.
To keep cool in summer, invest in modern ceiling fans for your patio/pergola area. Modernising patios and pergolas with remote control awnings will give you better control over the temperature and be a valuable investment to support an easy living lifestyle.
Low maintenance materials
If you want outdoor spaces that require as little work as possible, you’ll love the trend towards maintenance free materials in 2018.
Long gone are the days of pressure treated decks that need to be re-sanded and stained every year or so. And when today’s outdoor living calls for bare feet and more time to relax, investing in materials that don’t splinter or warp is vital.
Composite decking will not splinter and is kind to your toes. Better yet, it doesn’t require the upkeep that regular timber does. Advancements in this material mean maintenance free, natural looking timber decking is much easier to achieve. Options in patterns, textures and colours with composite decking means homeowners can find an outdoor material that resembles the inside, creating the illusion of larger and better blended spaces.
Other materials to use to coincide with the raw, sustainable and low maintenance trend include limestone, recycled red brick and natural stone mixes.
Grey is the new black
If you haven’t started a love affair with the colour grey yet, 2018 is your chance! It’s more versatile than black for both hard and soft landscaping, and it pairs beautifully with other colours. The neutral shade can be integrated into outdoor design to personalise and bring character into almost any space. Matched with the warmth of timber and other natural materials, soft pastels or vibrant tints, these versatile palettes add dimension and interest to the backyard.
Grey is a calming and nurturing tone so it brings a sense of comfort to outdoor entertaining spaces. Mixed with natural and recycled materials, it inspires a more authentic existence. Take colour inspiration from the leafy greens in the garden or pair grey with soft blues, copper, yellows or red accessories.
Low maintenance gardens remain in demand by many home owners, investors and tenants – but what if we can take it a step further? Smart gardens are perfect for those that live busy lifestyles.
As with almost any aspect of home life, your backyard can be controlled at the touch of a button. Wifi-enabled gardens means lights, irrigation and pool pumps can be controlled by your smartphone. Turn on garden security lights as you leave work, water the garden while you’re away or heat up the spa on your commute home. The perfect trend for every tech-savvy outdoor enthusiast!
Grow your own
As supermarket prices go up and healthy living becomes a bigger priority, more people are joining the grow-your-own trend. According to the latest research, veganism is one of the fastest growing lifestyle movements. Coupled with a growing appreciation for homegrown and organic produce, it makes sense to start experimenting in your own garden.
With small gardening also on the rise, cultivating outdoor spaces to grow your own fruit and veggies has never been easier. If you’re serious about becoming more self-sufficient, having access to freshly grown tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, peppers, broccoli and herbs is kinder to your wallet and your health. Not to mention how fantastic outdoor spaces look with all the colourful produce! If space isn’t on your side, herbs, tomatoes, legumes and pumpkins are great for growing in vertical gardens or in boxes on balconies.
Embrace alfresco dining with living room worthy outdoor furniture
Alfresco dining has been a dominant trend for a few years. Outdoor structures, lighting, heating/cooling and outdoor kitchens have become a central focus. To boost coziness in these spaces, invest in attractive and comfortable furniture.
Advances in furniture and fabric technology mean it’s now possible to have living room worthy furniture you would normally see inside fit for outdoor living and entertaining. Don’t be afraid to mix different styles and colours to achieve a refreshing, modern and less traditional appeal.
There are so many exciting changes you can achieve in your outdoor space. Whether you’re planning to drastically update or simply refresh the look, implementing some of the latest trends can breathe new life into any backyard.
Author Bio: This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who recommends NewTechWood Australia – a pioneer in the development and manufacture of outdoor composite wood decking, fencing, wall cladding, screening and more. You can catch Jayde on Google+.