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Making the Most of Your Home’s Outdoor Spaces!

It’s easier than ever to create an outdoor oasis that’s an extension of your home. Creating a backyard space that is as comfortable as your indoor one is well within your reach. Design styles like bright and bold boho and Scandinavian minimalism are heading outside, according to the 2019 Outdoor Living Trends Report.

Here are 5 outdoor trends for this year:

1. Mixed materials
This summer, design elements that were once considered indoor use only — brass, rope, textured upholstery and webbing — are combining in new, unexpected ways for outdoor spaces. Chandeliers, soft rugs and cozy floor cushions are now popular for outside, and new fabric options now include outdoor-safe velvets, leathers and nubby chenilles.

2. Minimalism to the max
Scandinavian minimalist design is now showing up in outdoor furnishings. Lounge chairs, love seats and bistro tables are trending this summer in lightweight, powder-coated aluminum. Finish the look with neutrals like black, white and gray, or mix-and-match with a natural material like teak.

3. Some like it hot
Outdoor spaces can feel as stylish, comfortable and functional as interiors — with all the amenities. Fire features and outdoor kitchens continue to be extremely popular, providing a sense of “indoor cozy.” Beyond adding ambiance, research found home listings mentioning outdoor kitchens and outdoor fireplaces add value to the home.

4. Pops of color
Splashes of bold color are brightening up neutral upholstered furnishings. This summer’s top color trend of citrus-bright oranges, reds, yellows and pinks are lively and vibrant outside. Think about adding a touch of coral or play with newly trending emerald green in your accessories.

5. Go green outside
Eco-conscious landscaping, outdoor furnishings and fixtures have gained traction this year. Living walls make a design statement and reduce your carbon footprint, and solar-powered LED accent lights provide upgraded illumination without complex wiring or tricky installation.


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