Design Experts Predict These 5 Outdoor Living Trends Will Be Hot For Summer 2021

Summer vacation plans are still on hold for millions of homeowners, which means many people are looking for ways to turn their outdoor spaces into dream warm-weather getaways. “People want to take a vacation,” says designer Sara Barney. “In order to replace a tropical trip, the owners began to focus on creating their outdoor living spaces as a destination-inspired oasis.”

Read on to discover some of the top trends and expert advice on transforming a garden, deck or patio into a personal oasis.

Sustainable furniture

“If you’re going to be lounging in your outdoor space, you need to be comfortable, and the furniture needs to be made to last,” says Sara Barney of Bandd Design. Barney adds that “more traditional outdoor furniture materials, such as plastic, wood and wicker are not designed to withstand various weather conditions (humidity, storms, etc.).” And because her clients are spending so much more time in their outdoor spaces, Barney is now opting for more durable materials that she knows will “last a lifetime,” such as metal, aluminum or concrete.

Bring the living room outside

John McClain of John McClain Design believes that when people move outdoors for the summer, they should think about designing their outdoor spaces “the same way they decorate their indoor spaces.” Specifically, McClain notes that “rugs, comfortable furniture, nice lighting, cozy blankets, and enough flat surfaces to place food and drinks are essential” for a living room-worthy outdoor space.

Comfortable seats are essential

The Pulp Design Studios team explains that a well-designed outdoor living space “is all about comfort. It is essential to have nice comfortable outdoor seats and heat to warm up. It’s important to have all the great elements of an indoor space, but on the outside.

Outdoor planters = summer decoration

“Fun and stylish planters are a great way to add depth and personality to your outdoor space,” says the team at Pulp Design Studios. And with the wide variety of looks and sizes to choose from, decorative planters are easy to customize for every space and style.

Outdoor kitchens

“The boundaries between interior and exterior design are becoming increasingly blurred,” says designer John McClain. “Our customers are looking for the exact same amenities they currently have in their indoor spaces in their outdoor spaces. Outdoor entertaining spaces are kicked up a notch! Full kitchens with every possible appliance and convenience” are becoming more and more popular as owners seek to expand the possibilities of outdoor living.