The 5 Biggest Trends in Outdoor Design for 2019
When we speak of design trends, we often speak of paint colors, patterns, wallpapers, and generally, details that are commonly thought of as indoors-only. But there’s a world of design potential outside, too, and as backyards become more like extensions of their interior counterparts, in-vogue upgrades are increasingly finding their own place under the sun. Realtor.com recently tapped experts from across the country to see what’s heating up outside these days. Here are their top five picks:
Decked-Out Front Porches
Maybe it’s not a news flash if you live near the coast, but front porches can (and should) be much more than just a stopping point before the real show begins inside. According to Realtor.com, homeowners everywhere are “embracing the idea of an inviting front-of-home space that almost mirrors what’s on the inside.” That means sofas, porch swings, rugs, curtains, planters, and any other comfy extras that make lounging alfresco a real treat. Another benefit? As Austin, Texas, designer Pablo Solomon says, “By having neighbors enjoying their front yards, it creates more of a sense of community.” And face-to-face connection, according to experts, is apparently what we’re all seeking right now.
Black and White Palettes
While it’s true that bright colors (literally) shine outdoors, those looking for a nearly fail-proof outdoor palette can opt for the easiest non-colors of them all: black and white. This natural match brings just the right amount of contrast to an outdoor living space and adds an element of chic reminiscent of the Hamptons or the French Riviera. Stripes, especially, bring the resort vibes on strong (so make sure to have some strawberries and champagne handy for happy hour).
Gone are the days of matchy-matchy patio sets and garden variety hardscapes. These days, it’s all about layering textures (indoors and out). Sleek ceramic garden stools are pairing with wicker and wood dining sets and metal and concrete cocktail tables. And the mixing and matching goes far beyond your furniture. According to Illinois outdoor living designer Duane Draughon, backyards, from fences to flooring, are no longer uniform either. “Now we’re designing with different materials and colors,” he told Realtor.com. “The walls could be built out of concrete and a wood bench, while the floor can be a porcelain tile with concrete steppers.”
Statement Front Doors
In the spirit of boosting curb appeal à la a killer front porch, homeowners are also opting to dress up their front doors, says Realtor.com. The quick cosmetic switch is as easy as snagging a can of paint (in one of these super-beachy colors) at your local home improvement store, but those who want to go just a step further can channel Fixer Upper farmhouse style with an oh-so-charming Dutch door.
Cocktail lovers, rejoice! With alfresco kitchens gaining more and more ground in beach backyards, it’s only natural to want to incorporate their boozy counterparts next. Bar-height tables and islands, says design consultant Linda Fennessy, “are a great way to get that restaurant or bar feeling while at home.” Removable bar stools make it functional for both intimate happy hours and neighborhood block parties (where you might instead prefer a standing-room-only hangout).