Let’s go outside: selections for outdoor living in 2022 | Home + Garden









The Pacific Northwest is often a rainy, gray and windy place. So most residents are used to brave whatever Mother Nature throws at them and be outdoors regardless. It’s no surprise, then, that outdoor living spaces have hung – and hung – here.

The owners are renovating to include better rear spaces. Builders, including those at MN Custom Homes in Bellevue, are including special spaces in new home builds. The whole of the 425 In recent years, Northwest Idea Homes have been showcasing incredible outdoor spaces, and the trend seems to be here to stay.

Whether you have a small patio, a large deck, a spacious backyard, or even a small balcony, any outdoor space can be transformed into an inviting space with a little creativity.







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Pretty pergolas

According to Wayfair’s 2022 Outdoor Trends Report, people are buying pergola kits (searches up 369%), and wrought iron chairs are also on the list of favorites.

$1,595 | wayfair.com







Photo by Emily M. Wilson courtesy of Western Interlock




Loaded and luxurious

If the sky is the limit, consider creating a large outdoor space with all the necessary comforts. Think of a large covered area with soft furniture, and maybe a swing or a hammock. Add an outdoor-safe sound system and TV and install an outdoor kitchen. Your home will be perfect for entertaining.







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Set it on fire!

There is nothing more comfortable than gathering around the fire. This custom fire bowl from Mark Schreck Concrete Designs at Olympia does the trick and is always ready: it’s hooked up to a natural gas line.







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Hassle-free fencing

This CertainTeed Bufftech semi-private fence is made from premium polyvinyl and is UV resistant and will not rot, warp, split or fade.







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Photo by Jeff Hobson




Make it an all-weather space

Block the sun with Rainier Industries Shade Power Screens. Retractable blinds and awning are operated by remote control. rainier.com

Add a ceiling fan when you want to move the air. If you want to be toasty warm in cold weather, consider a heater. On the ceiling of this outdoor kitchen is a Bromic Heating Tungsten Pro Series heater from Albert Lee Appliance. albertlee.biz







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Make it bounce

Consider adding a Springfree trampoline in the backyard for the kids. springfree.com







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Keep insects away

Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repellent is effective without DEET or flames.

$20 | amazon.com







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native plant

Did you know that if you choose native plants in your landscape, they are low maintenance? Be considerate of your time and the environment, and choose wisely. olympiclandscape.com

Add fantasy







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Outdoor LED lights add a touch of romance to any space. amazon.com







Courtesy of Amazon




Outdoor rugs can add a splash of color to a patio and are easy to maintain. amazon.com







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Personalize your space with a personalized outdoor sign. You have the choice between several etsy.com.