When cold weather sets in, it’s expected that you’ll spend most of your time indoors. But, the last few years have changed the way we use outdoor spaces, opening our eyes to a whole world of untapped potential. Outdoor living has evolved from a fair-weather affair into a year-round experience. As you rethink the layout and design of your outdoor space, take inspiration from trends you’ll see in 2022.
1. Activity Zones
Turn your backyard into a multi-functional space by creating activity zones—areas that are designated for specific purposes. Customize these zones to fit your needs. It’ll be like putting an addition on your home without all the disruption.
2. Privacy Features
Define your activity zones or simply avoid your nosy neighbors with privacy features. Fences, lattices and natural features such as hedges and trees can protect your privacy and transform your outdoor space into a secluded oasis.
3. Outdoor Living Rooms
Gone are the days of plopping down in a foldable plastic lawn chair and calling it a day. Replicate the relaxing ambiance of your indoor living room by adding comfy furniture, a big-screen TV or projector, and an area rug to your outdoor space.
4. Sustainably-Sourced Materials
We’re more eco-conscious than ever before, which influences our purchasing decisions. Select environmentally-friendly decor made from recyclable or natural materials. You’ll reduce your carbon footprint and you’re more likely to end up with a one-of-a-kind piece.
5. Soft Earth Tones
Calm, cool shades of green and blue are the “it” colors of the year. Neutral tones continue to also be a top choice for their versatility. Anything that exudes peace and serenity is a safe bet.
6. Outdoor Kitchens
You’ve likely dined al fresco but have you ever cooked al fresco? The demand for smokers, grills and outdoor refrigerators is on the rise as homeowners look to upgrade the cookout experience. Add in a bar and a pizza oven and you’ve got a five-star restaurant right in your backyard!
7. Green Spaces
Plants, plants, everywhere! From perennials to vegetable gardens, plants add visual appeal and give off happy vibes. If you lack space, vertical gardens and container gardens are a smart, space-saving option.
8. Indoor Amenities Brought Outdoors
Maximize the time you spend outside by bringing creature comforts you enjoy inside. Fireplaces, ambient lighting, plush pillows and cozy blankets are all must-haves for the ultimate outdoor living space.
9. Outdoor Offices
Reap the benefits of nature while you work. The ideal outdoor office setup includes:
• Durable, weatherproof furniture
• A strong WiFi connection
• Outdoor electrical access
• A UV-resistant shade or umbrella
• Weather-resistant speakers
10. Seasonal Climate Control
There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad climate control. Use fans when it’s hot and patio heaters when it’s cold to enjoy your outdoor space all year long.
Plan Your Ideal Outdoor Space
Furniture is a key element in creating your dream outdoor living space. At Patio Pro, our team of friendly, knowledgeable professionals can help you choose the right pieces to bring your vision to life. Contact us online or call (919) 789-8444 today and talk to our team of experts to get started on creating your dream outside living space!