We love relaxing outdoors. We also love being comfy.
So we’re bringing all the comforts of indoor living right outside to the deck and patio.
Several of the top outdoor living trends blazed onto the scene last year, but now, they’re getting ramped up with more luxury and more options. A few newcomers join the trend list, too.
Let’s take a look.
Outdoor kitchens have never been more popular, and now, more than ever, they’re rivaling indoor kitchens.
Today’s outdoor kitchen grill might just out-cook your indoor stove, with as many as 12 stainless-steel burners with variable temperature control, side burners for boiling water and heating sauces, electronic ignition, a warming rack, and a built-in infrared searing grill made especially for giving steaks that restaurant-style touch of exterior char.
While indoor kitchens are all about cooking, outdoor kitchens are as much about socializing. So they don’t stop at grills, ovens and cook tops. Amenities abound: fireplaces, space heating, refrigerators, music systems, wine coolers, beverage stations, ice machines, plush furniture, beer taps, meat smokers.
Love choosing countertops? Even outdoor kitchens offer plenty of choices, from blue stone to decorative concrete to elegant marble.
Top appliance brands are at home outside, too. Think Weber, Viking, Big Green Egg, Lynx and more.
Think outdoor kitchens are a waste in a four-season climate? Nope. Opt for heating and shelters that let you cook up a storm for most of the year.
Fire Up The Pizza Oven
Surveys show wood-fired pizza ovens are the number one item that current owners of outdoor kitchens regret leaving out. They can be built in or freestanding, installed on top of a cart or other base.
A wood-fired oven adds character and charm, while a gas-fired oven gives you much of the same flavor with less effort.
Teenagers in the house? This is a must have.
Outdoor Kitchen Lighting
It’s easy to get caught up in the cool cooking accessories when planning an outdoor kitchen and forget a really important element: the lighting.
The best outdoor kitchen lighting will make your chopping, grilling and serving easier. You’ll want outdoor task lighting placed above your grill or flexible lighting next to it.
It’s also a good idea to install lighting under cabinets, countertops, and inside lower cabinets where overhead lights don’t quite hit.
It’s natural to think about illuminating things overhead in your outdoor kitchen lighting. But don’t forget down below. Reduce trip hazards with tread lighting. Tread lights fit right into the stairs and focus light downward onto the step immediately below it.
LED strip lights look great running under the edges of counters and bar tops.
Dimmers are a must. They’re great for setting the mood, and you can adjust the light as your daylight gradually fades.
Don’t Forget The Furniture
The latest trend in outdoor furniture is eclectic pieces that mix, not match. Surround a reclaimed wood dining table with contemporary metal chairs. Or mix a sleek galvanized metal-topped table with the warmth of woven chairs.
The “chat group” is a hot outdoor furniture trend. Think beyond dining tables and chairs and create a conversation area with comfy seating for a group.
The latest look is furniture collected over time, rather than the perfectly matched sets of seasons past.
Bring The Indoors Outside
All the style and comfort of indoor decor is moving outside to the patio and deck. Outdoor rugs are now available in as many colors and patterns as indoor rugs.
Weatherproof table and floor lamps bring a living room vibe to the patio. Elaborate chandeliers are as at home hanging from the beams of a pergola as they are over the dining room table indoors.
Elegant wingback chairs at home in a formal living room are now all done up in weatherproof fabric for outdoor lounging.
The line between indoors and outdoors is more blurred than ever.
Sustainability is huge, so materials used for garden walkways, retaining walls, fencing, decking and outdoor kitchens are going green.
Popular hardscaping materials used for garden pathways and walkways include natural stone, brick and slate pavers, flagstone, rocks, wooden stepping stones, gravel and pea stone.
Outdoor features like retaining walls, outdoor fireplaces and outdoor kitchens are being built out of natural stones including granite, slate, travertine, limestone and stacked stone.
Fire Features — A Hot Trend Still Going Strong
If it has a flame, it’s hot. Fire pits. Outdoor fireplaces. Fire tables. Even professional-grade tiki torches.
Nothing brings people together outdoors like a flickering flame.
Today’s fire pits are stylish and elegant, made of a host of materials and often surrounded by sitting walls and benches. Some are so lovely, crafted of elegant granite and filled with bits of shimmering polished glass, it seems a shame to call them “pits.”
Choose a wood-burning unit for fires the old-fashioned way, or opt for a gas-powered design that turns on with a simple click on your smartphone.
Opt for more elegance and choose a fire table, and surround it with a plump sectional sofa.
Neave Knows The Latest Trends
Neave Group Outdoor Solutions has been on top of the latest outdoor living and landscaping trends year after year for more than 40 years.
Our expert designers can offer great advice on planning and installing any of the outdoor living trends for 2017, including outdoor kitchens, pizza ovens and fire features that will make your backyard the ultimate outdoor living escape.
The first step is scheduling your free consultation with Neave Group Outdoor Solutions. A project manager will visit your home so you can chat about your vision for your outdoor paradise.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.