2018 Outdoor Design Patio Trends

Ready or not, 2018 is already upon us. Just as you’re still getting used to updating your calendar or writing 2017 instead of 2016 on forms and giving your interiors an upgrade, there are new trends to take note of when it comes to refreshing your outdoor area. Be it your patio, deck, porch, yard or garden, if your New Year’s resolution is to refresh and update your tired looking outdoor area, then these are the upcoming 2018 trends you should try.

Pantone’s Color of the Year - UltraViolet

Pantone has chosen UltraViolet as this year’s color which according to them “conveys originality and ingenuity.” Now this color may be a hit on the runway but may be hard to decorate with. The color may not be as easy to use unlike 2017’s greenery which was so fresh and easy on the eyes but you can still play along with it by using it in small amounts. Planters, accents like table napkins or cushions in the UltraViolet color can bring life to a neutral outdoor setup without being too overwhelming. Even an accent chair in this color would be enough but if you really want to immerse your home with an UltraViolet color, you can paint a blank wall as an accent. Other possible options would be to paint the cabinets of your outdoor kitchen to add depth and interest.

Another way to use this color? Plant some lavender! Definitely fragrant and its beautiful shade matches Pantone’s 2018 color of the year.

Concrete Patios

The industrial style has been huge for the past few years owing its beauty to the raw and unfinished characteristics of the materials. Concrete has become a major player in the design industry. It’s simple, cost-efficient and it works. Concrete patios will make the architectural details pop without looking boring and there are so many creative ways with it as it offers texture and a wide variety of color options. If you really want to utilize concrete, you can use it as a outdoor furniture or finish of your outdoor kitchen.

Timber Flooring

Aside from concrete, the use of timber as a flooring material has been and will remain popular. Like teak, it can be left to turn silver or just maintain in its natural color which works both ways.

Matte Black Finish

Gone are the days of stainless steel and polished chrome and let the matte black color take center stage. This finish is contemporary yet it complements a lot of materials. To employ this in your outdoor space, choose any metal furniture in this type of finish. Portable fire pits, as well as wall lamps and accessories in chrome black, are among the ways you can make use of this eye-catching finish.

Rich Hues and Oversized Floral Prints

Neutrals are always a popular choice for outdoors but this time rich and warmer shades like camel color, rust, and brownish blacks will take over the cooler neutrals. Deep hues such as Burgundy and Navy is also popular. When it comes to prints, you can dress up your soft furnishings in large floral prints in high-contrast colors.

Fire Pits

This trend won’t go away anytime soon. More than just a trend, many homeowners see the fire pit as an integral part of their outdoor area, especially during the cold nights. With the demand for fire pits on the rise, designers and manufacturers are coming up with various designs. It could be the basic iron bowl or a multi-function built-in fire pit that also serves as a coffee table. The addition of fire pits extends the use of your outdoor space during fall or in places where winters aren’t so extreme.

Strip Lighting

Whether on steps or on walls or furniture, strip lights are trendy this year because additional sources of light aside from general lighting enhance the mood and feel of any area.

Scandinavian Style

The Scandinavian style has been preferred for its simple and minimalist charm oozing with coziness and warmth. For 2018, the style is taken outside and the same elements are applied in its decor and furniture pieces. Pastel and cool colors are used and the monochromatic color palette is ideal. The style was created to combat the long and gloomy winters in the Scandinavian countries which makes even more sense to apply the style outdoors when the days start to become chilly.

Climate Controlled Garden

No longer just for design, landscapes are being designed to go with the flow of climate. This will be an ongoing trend due to the continuing effects of climate change. Wind resistant trees and shrubs that are able to withstand strong winds without being uprooted as well as serving as wind barriers will be popular for landscapers. Hot and dry summers are also kept in mind and tall plants that provide shade should be planted as well as plants that require little water.

Spa-like Wellness

Landscapers will encourage homeowners to turn their piece of land into a wellness retreat with plenty of water features that soothes the mind. Varied hardscape, as well as materials, textures, and finishes, allow homeowners to enjoy a calming retreat in their homes.

Restoring Mother Nature’s Habitat

Gardeners are aiming to attract a wide variety of birds and butterflies as well frogs and turtles. A variety of shrubs, trees, tall plants, and flowers that provide food and shelter as well as reducing or stopping the use of harmful chemicals are a few ways to help local wildlife. Besides, seeing butterflies fluttering around your garden is always a magical treat.

Quirky Edible Garden

Aside from the usual tomatoes and salad greens, edibles gardens will feature a variety of exotic and fun new vegetables and fruits such as edamame, cucamelons, amaranths, and so much more. A varied garden will also mean new recipes for the New Year.

Timeless vs Trendy

While it’s fun to go along with the trend, keep in mind that trends come in go. It’s not necessary to follow these trends but rather add in a few like touches of the UltraViolet color. Go for timelessness instead of trendiness and your outdoor area will always be “in” whatever trends come and go.

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