Following on from the lockdowns of the recent years during the Covid 19 pandemic, one of the biggest trends to emerge in 2022 is outdoor living. The garden has now become an extension of the indoor space, allowing you to do pretty much anything you can do in the home, outside.
Here are some of the biggest trends and examples of how you can embrace them:
Exterior is the new interior
Think moving your living room to the garden!
The main way to embrace the outdoor living trend is with comfortable outdoor furniture that allows you to enjoy the garden at any time of the day or night. Luxurious sofas and chairs, finished with sumptuous cushions and cosy knitted throws allow you to relax throughout the day.
Including rattan garden sofa and fire pit sets in your outdoor living area allows you to enjoy the space as you move into the evening and night-time. Rattan is also a great way to include the eco-friendly trend for this year, providing a more natural aesthetic.
Including a dining set in your outdoor living space means you can even enjoy meal times in your garden as well as using it for children’s art and homework activities or laptop time.
Enjoy the outdoors in any season
If you want to use the space on colder days (or nights), outdoor infrared heaters and radiant heaters provide even heat distribution, with a similar feel to natural sunlight. There are many energy efficient options available, so you can enjoy your outdoor time without worrying about the cost of living crisis!
Outdoor entertainment areas
Once upon a time, outdoor entertainment meant wheeling out the BBQ. Today, outdoor entertainment has evolved significantly, inspired in part by European outdoor spaces.
Outdoor kitchens now play a big part in many garden designs, including everything from gas cookers to fridges, sinks and worktops. Outdoor bars and cinemas are also gaining popularity, including a sheltered space to drink alfresco whilst enjoying your favourite movies on your devices.
A change of scenery
Another change that came as part of the Covid 19 restrictions is an increase in people working from home. Rather than being confined to the same 4 walls 24 hours a day, garden offices and outdoor working became popular.
Garden rooms provide a separate space away from the home. Including everything from insulation to electrics, they make the perfect home office and allow you to separate work from home life for a better work-life balance.
If you prefer something less permanent that you can use as and when, you could create a decked area with tables and seating for an impromptu outdoor office.
With the increased popularity of outdoor living, there has been an explosion of outdoor lighting options beyond the traditional fairy lights.
From electricity powered wall mounted lights to portable solar powered lights, the choices are endless.
If you’re looking to add some stylish drama to your outdoor living space, outdoor pendant lights are an excellent choice and can be positioned above dining tables, hanging from natural wooden beams for example.
Positioning LED lighting next to water such as ponds also creates a stunning effect at night-time.
Uplighting positioned around your seating area provides a more subtle aesthetic, perfect for relaxing with friends and family into the evening.
However you decide to decorate your outdoor living space, it’s definitely a trend that’s worth looking into as we head into the summer months.