With all of the innovative building materials and creative ideas, there are so many options to enhance your outdoor living space. Create memories, relish special moments and enjoy life to the fullest with space you will use time and time again. Here is our list of the top timeless trends in outdoor living spaces.
1. Dining Areas, Kitchens & Bars
A trend that has consistently remained popular is the installation of outdoor kitchens. From BBQs and stoves to pizza ovens and cooking pits, there is no end to what you can create in your space.
Include a bar area to entertain guests frequently or make family dinners under the stars a common activity. Make it as unique as you are and incorporate stone, wood, metal, earthy tones and monochromatic colours to make it more your style. Add splashes of colour in the form of chair cushions, cutlery, centrepieces, artwork and other decorations that can be either functional or just great to look at.
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2. Living Rooms & TVs
Bringing the living room outside with the installation of a TV, projector or a gaming system is becoming popular! Recreating an indoor space outdoors brings more flexibility to your home and allows you the option to relax in the fresh air and sunshine. Add a couch, coffee table, some outdoor lighting, and a fan and you have a second living room just outside your back door. Entertain guests, watch the game with the guys or binge-watch your favourite show. Use colour in your throw pillows, accessories and artwork to create a space that is inviting and relaxing.
3. Fire & Water Features
Fire, it is beautiful and dangerous but can make a BIG statement when added to your outdoor living space. There are many options to choose from when it comes to fire features. Fire pits and fireplaces are the most common and they can be both stunning and functional.
A wood-burning fire pit allows for marshmallow and hot dog roasting, as well as late-night entertaining. It is functional and aesthetically pleasing. A gas-burning fire feature adds warmth, romance and a touch of elegance without the cleanup that wood-burning fire pits have.
Water features are also quite popular from fountains and waterfalls to pools and ponds. Small or large, there are many options to choose from. A pond with koi, a swimming pool, a waterfall wall, or even a fountain. Big or small, water features add a calm and serene feel to your space. Choosing a more functional piece can also inject some summer fun into your space.
4. Sunrooms, Patio Covers and Gazebos
For more protection from the elements or to keep out of the blazing sun, invest in a patio cover, gazebo, or sunroom. Not only does it add usable space to your home, but they give you a place to enjoy being outdoors all year.
With a covered space you can be outside while it rains, enjoy storm watching, and never have to worry about the weather spoiling your fun. Sunrooms, Patio Covers and gazebos give you a more private and protected outdoor living space, with the added benefit of spending more time outside.
5. Recreational Spaces
The inclusion of recreational activities such as oversized game boards, dedicated exercise areas, and art nooks is a great trend for small and large spaces alike. Challenge your friends and family to a round of giant chess or checkers, set up a yoga space or bring your easel and create inspiring works of art, all from the comfort of your yard. Make your favourite activities a part of the everyday and create a unique place for them.
Here are 10 life-sized, DIY games you can try in your backyard
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