The 8 Biggest Outdoor Living Trends for 2022
Whether it’s dining alfresco, gardening, or basking in the sun, time spent outdoors can improve your health and happiness. In recent years, more and more people are finding creative ways to maximize usable outdoor space and entertain at home. Whether it’s for a sprawling yard or a small patio, the desire to expand our living spaces outdoors continues to grow. Keep an eye out for these eight outdoor living trends in 2022.
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1. Backyard Getaways
When you can’t go on vacation, escape to your own backyard. Resort-like additions appear in outdoor spaces in the form of hot tubs, hammocks, and cozy lounging spots. It’s all about the mood when incorporating this trend, so don’t forget small touches like string lights and potted flowers.
2. Characteristics of fire
The popularity of fire pits, fire tables, outdoor fire pits and outdoor heaters has skyrocketed during the pandemic and will remain in demand in 2022, and for good reason. The fire can create a warm and cozy atmosphere, perfect for chilly nights or social gatherings all year round. Fortunately, there are options for yards of all sizes. Larger fire pits can act as the center of a seating area, while portable fire pits are great for small patios, like this Outland Living fire pit, which we found to be the best portable option in our guide to the best gas fire pits.
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3. Home gardens
One of the biggest landscaping trends we’ve seen in recent years is the edible garden. Whether planting in containers on a patio or in larger flower beds, growing your own fruits and vegetables can be very rewarding. If you have limited space, grasses can make a compact yet fun and useful outdoor addition. For a rewarding family activity and a good start to healthy eating, let the kids shovel and water too!
4. Outdoor work spaces
Remote work is here to stay, so home-based employees are getting creative with their workspaces. Why not set up a desk on your terrace to get some fresh air while you work? Just make sure your Wi-Fi signal reaches outside and add an umbrella, like this Sunnyglade 9ft Patio Umbrella, for shade. Working outdoors with colleagues chirping from tree branches might make those long meetings a little more enjoyable.
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5. Expand living spaces
After spending more time at home in recent years, homeowners are looking for outdoor places to gain living space. Outdoor kitchens continue to grow in popularity, with additions like wine fridges. Pizza ovens, like this one from Ooni, a favorite in our best outdoor pizza ovens guide, are also great for cooking outdoors. Some may prefer to use the extra space as a den or outdoor lounge, bringing traditionally indoor elements outside for cozy gatherings.
6. Infuse personality
Say goodbye to bland outdoor spaces in favor of more polished outdoor decor. Accessorize living and dining areas to really set your space apart. Think lighting, pillows, umbrellas and outdoor rugs in fun patterns and colors to bring your favorite interior design trends outside. If you like bohemian decor, choose rattan furniture, natural textiles and a fringed umbrella, like this one from Safavieh.
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7. High-tech additions
Whether it’s a festive dance party or a relaxing movie night, families are having fun outdoors thanks to technology. Outdoor entertainment accessories continue to grow in popularity, from Bluetooth speakers to TVs and projectors, like this WiFi-enabled DBPower model. Solar-powered purchases are also popular for their hassle-free operation in items including lighting and charging stations.
8. Vertical gardens
Vertical gardens are growing in popularity for their aesthetic appeal and space-saving functionality. Try this one yourself by finding a sunny spot to hang a few planters, or go big and cover an entire wall in green with tiered planters or a ladder garden.