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22 January, 2022

Five trends to inspire your outdoor living space design

SINCE 2020, people have likely spent more time at home than ever before.


As a result, many are more conscious of how they use their space and how design can impact on the family’s comfort and ease. 

To give you a bit more variety beyond your home's walls, consider redesigning your outdoor spaces to create a haven for recreation and relaxation. Best of all, outdoor spaces add value to your home if you plan to sell. 

If you need ideas on how to revamp your outdoor spaces, consider these top five outdoor design trends for 2022. Get inspired and create your own outdoor oasis. 

1. FUNCTIONALITY

Homeowners are prioritising day-to-day use of their outdoor spaces instead of entertaining, driving a need for functionality. Practical elements like lighting and audio technology can elevate the outdoor space. Other features like shade structures, privacy walls and screens, built-in barbecue grills and Wi- Fi allow you to use the space for working, relaxing, cooking and more. 

2. DEFINED ROOMS 

Whether it's an outdoor kitchen, office or living room, homeowners are leaning toward creating more efficient, defined outdoor spaces. Homeowners want to use outdoor living on a day-to-day basis to unwind, connect with nature and take advantage of the health and wellbeing benefits the outdoors provide. 

Adding an outdoor kitchen may inspire you to make dishes using herbs and veggies you've grown in your garden, and an outdoor living room can help you bring the family together at the end of the school and workday. 

3. MONOCHROMATIC COLOURS WITH ACCENTS 

While lighter, tone-on-tone colour palettes remain popular, accent colours and accessories are on the rise. Using cool, monochromatic tones with choice accent colours can create a brighter or contrasting outdoor living space.

 4. MODULAR DESIGN AND GEOMETRIC PATTERNS

Another popular trend is modular, geometric standard patterns composed of clean lines and simple formats. Simple patterns create a modern, uncluttered aesthetic that emphasises furniture or other focal points in the space. Large format patterns and pavers also lend themselves to this style, allowing for more efficient installation. 

5. ENTANGLED DESIGN 

As people blend their outdoor spaces to serve as extensions of their homes, many are focusing on entangled design, which combines the surrounding landscape with the hardscape design. 

Fractured edges with no defined break, natural stone transitions and irregular edges blended with boulders, grass and aggregate create a more natural, organic look that enhances design continuity.

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