Now that summer’s here, it’s likely that you’re in the midst of planning your next seasonal party. And just as the seasons change, so do the trends of patio design and outdoor furniture. You don’t want to invite your guests into a home filled with last year’s trends, so it’s important to stay up-to-date to create a space that is both beautiful and modern. Here are some of the top patio trends for this year.
Who said rugs were just for the indoors? Just as they enhance your living room, they can do the same for your outdoor space. A rug helps to define your patio as well as bring color and texture to the room. Opt for patterned rugs that bring a design aesthetic which will complete the look of your patio.
Lots of color
While a neutral palette is beautiful, pops of color are just as fashionable – and perfect for summer! Try out those new bold color combinations that you may have been hesitant to try out inside your home. Bring in color using pillows, rugs, potted plants, wall decor and more! The biggest hues for 2013 are lemon zest, poppy red and nectarine. These summery colors are sure to be a big hit.
Retractable screen systems
Not only do Phantom’s retractable screens fit with any type of decor, they offer several benefits. These screens will keep annoying bugs away at any get-together, which your guests will no doubt notice and appreciate. And when the sun’s rays are beating down on everyone at your gathering, the screens can offer a refuge, even providing solar shading. And when you don’t need them they can easily retract and won’t get in the way of your summer party.
In order to keep a patio clean and clutter-free, it’s important to have ample storage space. There are so many creative options when it comes to storing things like pillows, firewood, toys for the kids and other accessories. Here are just a few:
- Built-in bench seat with storage: The top of the seat lifts up to reveal plenty of space to store whatever you need for your patio.
- Use an ottoman that opens up to offer more patio storage space.
- Get organized along the wall by hanging multiple shelves that match the color palette and design aesthetic of your patio.
- Incorporate colorful storage bins and buckets to store things like pillows, garden tools and toys.
- Use big canvas tote bags to store your larger items, like outdoor seating cushions. Each bag will keep the coordinating pillows together.
Use multiple flooring options
Just because the patio is considered one room of your house doesn’t mean that you can’t switch up the flooring. Try stone in one area and paneled wood in the next to create zoned areas and really amp up the texture on your patio.
Consider a fireplace
A fireplace will come in handy on those summer nights when the temperature drops slightly. It gives off a warm glow in the darkness of night, allowing party guests to reminisce for into the wee hours of the night. Whether it’s electric or uses real wood, this is sure to be the social hot spot.
Bringing the indoors outdoors
Even though your patio is located outdoors, one of the biggest trends of 2013 is carrying your indoor design aesthetic outdoors. If you or your guests are outside, you want your surroundings to reflect the design of your home as well, creating a flowing and coordinated look. Use similar furniture and wall accessories to really play up the space.