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Over the past year, most of us spent more time than usual enjoying our outdoor living spaces. Outdoor spaces at home became an oasis from the world, and spending time there is now everyone’s favorite way to de-stress. This year, outdoor living is still in.
We all realized how much we need and want our outdoor spaces to look and feel good. And now that the weather is warmer and summer is upon us, it’s the perfect time to spruce up your outdoor space and create an inviting area for you and your family to enjoy.
We talked to our Miami interior designers to get the scoop on some of the top outdoor living trends for 2021. Keep reading for new ideas on how to use and enjoy your exterior spaces.
OUTDOOR LIVING TRENDS FOR 2021
COMFORT AND DURABILITY
As we spend more time in our outdoor spaces, we don’t just want our patios, balconies, or backyards to be aesthetically pleasing, but we want to really use them. In order to do that, comfort and quality are key. We are not just looking for stylish pieces, but we want to ensure the pieces feel as good as they look, creating spaces that invite the whole family to rest and stay there for a while. Lots of lounge-like outdoor furniture is a must.
MULTI-FUNCTIONAL SPACES AND FURNITURE PIECES
Multi-functional became a key word last year—so why not create an outdoor space that you can use for any occasion? We see a trend in turning outdoor spaces into a multi-functional extension of our homes. Outdoor spaces can serve different functions, especially with outdoor furniture pieces that can be used in different ways. Multi-purpose outdoor furniture (furniture items that are convertible, like a garden stool that can also function as a side table) can help maximize your space.
TIPS TO CREATE A MULTI-FUNCTIONAL OUTDOOR SPACE
- Incorporate multi-purpose design: Our designers recommend creating spaces that wear many hats. When planning your outdoor space, think about how you can incorporate different areas within the available spaces: an outdoor dining room, a play area for kids, a lounge or reading spot—the possibilities are endless! Think about what outdoor activities you enjoy the most and how you will use the space, then take into account how many people will be around and make sure you prepare the space for that.
- Add plenty of lighting: Because we are talking about creating a space that can be used all day and during all seasons, it’s important to incorporate mood lighting, accent lights, or decorative light that allows you to enjoy the space at night.
- Don’t forget about storage! When selecting your outdoor furniture and decor, add some pieces that complement the space and provide storage functionality. Outdoor ottomans with hidden storage or dedicated outdoor storage cabinets are ideal for keeping the clutter at bay, from cushions and blankets to gardening tools and more.
EASY AND ACCESSIBLE FURNITURE
Choose furniture pieces that are easy to store, rearrange or move to another location. Particularly, when selecting pieces for vacation homes in Florida, we need to think about the flexibility to easily move the furniture when our clients are not at home. However, it’s also important to ensure the furniture has enough weight or support for areas where winds are strong every day (this might mean bolting down your furniture to the patio or deck).
If you live near the ocean or in a heavy weather environment like Florida, it’s best to not invest too much in outdoor furniture—you will most likely have to repair it or replace it after 1-2 years. Consider more affordable furniture—that way you can also have fun with trendy styles and colors.
UNIQUE FINISHING TOUCHES
Fun outdoor furniture and decor options are trending. Create an outdoor space that feels inviting with dynamic elements, like unexpected furniture pieces (swing chairs, hanging beds, hammocks) and interesting textures, patterns, and colors.
With these outdoor living trends and tips in mind, get ready to create an outdoor living space for year-round use. If you need a little more inspiration and want some help, check these five cool outdoor looks for any style. You can also check our Pinterest Board with beautiful outdoor living spaces.
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