6 Design Trends in Outdoor Living Spaces for Summer 2024

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With summer now upon us, aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces are in high demand. Residents today want their outdoor living spaces converted into functional, stylish and comfortable extensions of their homes. From cosy backyard retreats to sophisticated outdoor kitchens, this season’s design trends emphasise sustainability, functionality and the seamless integration of nature with modern living. 

These trends are not only transforming residential spaces but are also making a significant impact on the hospitality industry. Outdoor bars, restaurants, and roof terraces are embracing these design elements to create inviting, stylish, and sustainable environments for guests. Here are six of the top trends that are set to define outdoor living spaces this summer: 

Outdoor kitchens have evolved over the years. The simple outdoor barbecue is now being replaced by a fully equipped culinary haven with state-of-the-art appliances, outdoor bars and smart technology. Some of them even feature wood-fired ovens and hi-tech grills in addition to the regular kitchen set-up.  

For smaller areas, we also see a trend of space-saving designs that can be adapted to various uses. Modular seating, foldable tables and stackable chairs allow homeowners to easily reconfigure their spaces to accommodate both intimate family gatherings and larger social events. 

Biophilic design, which seeks to connect people more closely with nature, continues to influence outdoor living trends. This involves using natural materials, colours and patterns to create spaces that promote well-being and relaxation. Some key outdoor biophilic design features include: 

Outdoor living spaces are also getting their tech upgrade with waterproof TVs and sound systems. We have already seen  outdoor projectors making a comeback for perfect movie nights while enjoying the fresh summer air. With the rise in waterproof technology options, open-air living rooms can be built to withstand the elements of nature. 

Eco-conscious consumers are opting for furniture made from sustainable materials like teak, recycled plastic and aluminium. These materials not only offer durability but also contribute to a reduced environmental footprint. Materials like aluminium, used commonly for decking and furniture, are both sustainable and durable, making them great options for residents.  

Advancements in fabric technology have led to the development of weather-resistant textiles that do not compromise on comfort or style. These fabrics are available in a wide range of colours and patterns, allowing for greater customisation. 

To create a truly inviting outdoor space, homeowners are bringing the comforts of indoor living outside. This includes plush cushions, throw blankets, outdoor rugs and even weatherproof outdoor lamps and heaters to extend the usability of the space into the cooler evenings. 

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