Five 2022 Outdoor Living Trends

Leading industry experts take inspiration from nature and interior design.

When it comes to making the most out of your outdoor spaces, leading industry experts recognize that homeowners are looking for more style, function, and flexibility than ever before. Increasing trends in bolder design choices show that there is a demand for unique features which authentically reflects homeowners’ personality and lifestyle. By blurring the line between indoors and out, the outdoor space has become an extension of the home.

The key to making any design decision authentic and timeless is to have an open and honest conversation about how the space is going to be used and incorporating elements that make sense for how the household needs to function and feel. Always consider the style of the home and its climate. An outdoor space should feel like it belongs to the home it’s attached to, which might mean the addition of contemporary design accents or incorporating new trends in ways that still feel traditional. Additionally, thinking about the environment surrounding the outdoor space will help create a more holistic look that feels like it’s always been there.

Taking inspiration from both the natural world and interior design, these are the outdoor living trends on the rise for 2022.

A Down-to-Earth Color Palette

Complementing the rising popularity of soothing, mossy and sage greens — as seen in Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2022 Evergreen Fog — a warm array of clay tones and terracotta creates an outdoor oasis inspired by its surroundings. A leading expert in outdoor living and composite decking, Deckorators is constantly inspired by nature. When assessing the needs of contractors and their clients, think about how the product is going to interact with its environment. A deck should feel like an extension of both the home and the outdoors. New for 2022, Deckorators has introduced the color Sedona to its Voyage line of mineral-based composite decking. Sedona is a warm earth tone, inspired by desert landscape and the red-rock buttes of Sedona, Arizona.

Breaking Design Rules

Shifting away from a monochromatic approach to decorating, homeowners are opting to mix gray and brown materials. Gray has been the leading neutral in recent years, however more designers and homeowners are warming up the shade’s innate coolness with a balance of warm browns and tans. The unexpected mix shows confidence and reflects the overarching trend of homeowners taking style risks that stand out. Incorporating a mix of natural wood tones and stone makes the mix feel natural and organic. COOKE contemporary furniture offers their Balboa Fire Pit featuring a natural stone top which ties together multiple design elements to create a cohesive, organic space. Playing off the cool gray tones and warm browns and the stone, gives you leverage to incorporate a mixture of materials and tones throughout the outdoor space.

Bold Accents

Further exemplifying a newfound confidence in style and color choices is an increased gravitation towards bold, charcoal accents. This can be seen in dramatic charcoal trim on doors, windows, and even decks with the addition of a picture frame deck board in Dark Slate from Deckorators. Another option to incorporate dramatic, charcoal accents is through lighting. Carson Pendants from Hinkley Lighting are also a good choice to make a statement and add ambiance to any outdoor space. Embrace contrast by also incorporating crisp white outdoor upholstery or even contrasting step treads.

Resort Living

Homeowners are making the most out of their time outdoors, as seen in the continued increase of pools and spas. Adding water features to your yard or deck is easily one of the most impactful ways to create a no-passport-required, immersive escape. Grand Effects, a Utah-based specialist in fire and water elements, offers innovative products like free-standing stainless steel waterfalls that seamlessly blend the lines between your deck and water feature. Keeping in mind durability around water, composite decking that is guaranteed for use in contact with water. Even on smaller scale projects, you don’t need a lot of square footage to make a dramatic impact with the addition of an expertly integrated spa or water feature.

Lifestyle Features

In addition to pools and spas, more homeowners are adding personalized features that, as they spend more time outdoors, reflect how they use their space. From top-of-the-line grilling stations to wet bars and immersive garden beds, homeowners are personalizing their spaces with function and style. To take a space from day to night, integrating an outdoor fireplace like this 48” see-through linear fireplace by Empire creates the perfect gathering space for after dinner entertaining. Of course, for any outdoor feature durability should be top of mind. Look for materials that are made to withstand exposure to elements. Composite decking can also be used for countertops and tables, for a custom and contemporary finish add a waterfall edge.

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