The need to maintain real human connections in the digital age has greatly influenced the design elements of the outdoor living movement. A simple patio with weatherproof chairs and portable grill just won’t do the trick anymore. People want a comfortable spot to connect with family and friends that replicates, and in many cases exceeds, the comfort of their indoor gathering spots. With that in mind, here are some of the prevailing trends that can be expected to continue to gain popularity in the coming year.
Contemporary Outdoor Design
Current outdoor living spaces are definitely following the interior design trend toward the clean lines of contemporary design. People normally associate modular-shaped pavers with contemporary design, but that isn’t necessarily true. The textures and colors used can also sway a look towards a more contemporary feel. Although modular-shaped pavers are expected to continue to rise in popularity, expect to see an increase in smoother textures in various styles of pavers. The contemporary trend also leans towards monochromatic color schemes with pops of color.
Pantone Color of the Year
Each year, the Pantone® Color Institute declares an official Color of the Year, which influences many of the design trends. The company recently announced “Living Coral” as the 2019 Color of the Year. This color can be incorporated into outdoor living design in a number of ways. Some pavers have hues of coral incorporated into the color blend. There are also many paver styles with complementary colors that can work well in conjunction with Living Coral. Living Coral can also be used as an accent color for pillows, umbrellas and decorative accessories.
Entanglement with Nature
One of the hottest up-and-coming trends is to “entangle” hardscape installations with the surrounding landscape. This can be done in several ways. Pavers can be entangled with adjacent grass or gardens in a “fade away” effect. This effect is even more dramatic when used with plank-style pavers. Another, more formal application of this idea is to use porcelain pavers spaced out with strips of grass to create a checkerboard or stepping stone pattern.
Natural Textured Walls
More and more homeowners are requesting retaining and free standing walls that have natural stone textures. Trending styles include walls that offer the look of tumbled stone or chiseled stone. Homeowners are also increasingly drawn to wall installation patterns with clean, contemporary lines.
Gray and “Greige” Tones
From light gray to charcoal, gray tones continue to dominate current hardscape trends. However, an up-and-coming trend is starting to lean back toward warmer tones. This transitionary color phase is coined “greige”… a blending of grey and beige tones. Homeowners across the country are currently looking for these muted gray/tan color blends in hardscapes for their ability to work well with both warm and cool design palettes.
Blurring Transitions from Inside to Outside
One of the biggest trends in new home and remodeling is the blurring of the line between the indoor and outdoor. This involves much more than windows and patio doors. Fully folding walls and screens are being installed that allow spaces such as a family room to open and create a seamless transition into the outdoor space. Or, a standard kitchen can become an outdoor one in warmer months with the flip of a switch.
Linear and Large Format Pavers
The trend toward larger and more linear pavers continues to grow at a rapid pace. Not only are consumers looking for clean, modular textures, they are leaning toward plank-style pavers, and very large format slab pavers.
Formal Water Features
People love the soothing sound of running water, and the trend of incorporating formal water features into outdoor designs is growing at an exponential rate. With our busy lifestyles, however, consumers also want a water feature that is simple to take care of — adding beauty, ambiance and value to the outdoor living space without additional maintenance time and cost.
Outdoor Lighting Trends
The vast majority of time spent in most outdoor spaces is in the evening and on weekends. Because of this, outdoor living trends are moving towards well-designed built-in lighting systems. With today’s LED technology and smart phone apps, installing an automated lighting system has never been easier. However, this type of system is not very easy to retrofit after-the-fact and is more common in new construction. For existing outdoor living spaces, expect to see a continued increase in landscape lighting and durable string light options, like commercial grade Edison-style LED string lights.
This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com
3D Design of drought-friendly landscape design in north Orange County, CA
No matter the yard space or style of home, sustainable landscape design is easy. Living in a drought is easy to forget, but just because Orange County has water restrictions doesn’t mean you have to give up your home’s plant life. All you need are a couple tips to keep in mind.
Finished project of geometric paver patio remodel and California drought-resistant shrubs
For starters, the most obvious tip is you need to select actual plant life that is drought-resistant. You’d think this would go without saying, but plants that are drought-friendly go beyond merely requiring little water to stay alive.
When the phrase “drought-resistance” is used in landscaping, it means an eco-friendly, sustainably conscious, and low carbon footprint approach to carefully selected living greenery that not only surrounds your property, but thrives in it as well.
While this usually requires an expert eye, it’s easy enough to get an answer (simply visit our design center for starters to get some direction if needed). Selecting the right landscape to meet your hardscape is absolutely possible, and the design process is a lot of fun too.
California native poppy is a great choice for a drought-friendly flower in Orange County!
Perhaps the most important tip that’s a must is to use native plant life that is drought-resistant. Plants native to Southern California are already accustomed to growing in the local climate in which it’s found.
There are almost too many indigenous flowers, shrubs, seedlings, and bushes to count that can be found in Orange County:
- Catalina Mariposa Lily
- Sticky Phacelia
- Wild Morning Glory
- Alkali Mallow
- Bush Sunflower
- Heartleaf Penstemon
- Baby Blue Eyes
- Punch Bowl Godetia
- and many, many, many more beautiful Californian native plants!
Even the super bloom of wild flowers, particularly the California poppy, made national headlines with its colors spread out across the hills. And they make a perfect garden flower variety − especially if you live in Orange County!
A fast growing trend is becoming a huge hit in the southern Orange County area. Namely, combining large gorgeous porcelain pavers with artificial grass makes for a nice modern look any homeowner would want, and any neighbor left green with envy. Imagine this combo on your driveway…talk about extending the welcome mat to your garage! Or maybe even in your patio remodel where you can escape into your own personal oasis with a cup of coffee, chat with some friends, or read a book in peace.
Artificial grass outlines each paver square, providing a typical modern style utilizing strong shapes and bold lines. These particular options in hardscape and landscape design are great at withstanding various weather conditions in Southern California. They’re built tough to withstand both car and foot traffic without sacrificing its aesthetics.
The stark contrast of porcelain and landscape will make your outdoor space pop with both life and structure…greenery and purpose. Why keep the landscape only outside and hardscape only inside when you can integrate them. And with synthetic grass there’s no need to mow, trim, or water! After all, there are many different uses for artificial turf for your outdoor space remodel.