It's Patio Season: Outdoor Living & Design Trends for 2018

Ready to get outside this summer? Make your outdoor living space the hottest room “outside” the house!

Patio Funiture

Comfortable and attractive furniture is the first step to creating the perfect outdoor living space. Thanks to new outdoor fabrics, which are made from acrylic fibers and are fade-resistant and waterproof, you can create permanent living spaces outdoors with comfortable fabrics and furniture.
For something a little different, try mixing materials this year and don’t forget the colorful cushions!
Another trend in the furniture department is large dining tables with plenty of room to entertain. Add some fun accessories to create the perfect outdoor setting.

Wayfair has an awesome selection of patio furniture at affordable prices. 

Alfresco Dining

A growing trend is taking your outside dining area and moving it farther from the house creating a charming backyard oasis surrounded by greenery.

Fire Features


Whether you have a fire pit on the patio or a fireplace on the porch, nothing is as dreamy as an outdoor fire feature, and it serves as the perfect gathering place for friends and family!
Check out Brookscapes in Raleigh to get a custom wood burning fireplace, wood burning fire pit, gas fireplace, or gas fire table.

Water Features

Fire not your thing? There are lots of affordable water features to choose from that are not only gorgeous but relaxing!
Check out the selection Hayneedle has online!

Get Colorful

Adding some color to your backyard is an easy way to spruce it up for spring. Try a bright planter or add in a colorful, patterned pillow.
Need some inspiration? Check out Colorful Patios on Pinterest. 

Mainstream Sustainability

Low-maintenance gardens and plants give you the greenery you want without the upkeep! Choose plants that are great for dry summers but can also survive during the wet winners.
Visit Logan’s Garden Shop in Raleigh and ask one of their friendly staff to help you pick out the best plants for your location. 

Chickens and Bees


Did you know that Raleigh has its own chicken tour – Tour D’Coop? More and more people are adding chickens and bees to their backyards. Say “hello” to fresh eggs and honey!

Smart Tech

Bluetooth wireless speakers are getting better and smarter, some even blend into the landscape! Pair this with some LED lightbulbs and you will have all your neighbors wanting to come over to enjoy the fun.
Check out HGTV’s 9 Tech-Savvy Outdoor Entertaining Ideas. 

Covered Outdoor Living

Creating a covered living space can transform your backyard into an outdoor living room. Add a ceiling fan to stay cool during those hot summer months.
LightingDirect.com has a great selection of outdoor ceiling fans. 

Soft Lighting

Outdoor lighting is nothing new but the trend this year is softer less-harsh lighting.

Trellises

Trellises are back! They are the perfect way to showcase flowers and plants and turn your backyard into a gorgeous escape.

Day Beds

You will be the epitome of relaxation in a daybed on your deck or patio.

Outdoor TVs

To really complete your outdoor living space, add a TV! Relax under the stars while watching the big game or your favorite movie.

Traditional Outdoor Kitchen With Stainless Steel Grill

Having a kitchen outside is not only convenient but it is also perfect for entertaining!
We are loving these outdoor kitchen ideas on Pinterest!

Hardscapes


Work one or more of the types of hardscape into your backyard for a professionally planned look.
Visit Eagle Bay Pavers for ideas! 
Source: HGTV.com

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