After spending the summer of 2020 holidaying in our gardens many of us have realised the importance of outdoor spaces, and their design. Gardens are more than just turf and a shed; they should be spaces we want to spend time in, and spaces we take care to decorate just like the rest of our homes. We have decorated every space in our homes over the last 12 months, so it makes sense to take that we are taking that design outside too.
With the potential for another summer spent in our own garden, and not the pub garden, 2021 is the year of a well-designed outdoor living space. So, we’re taking a look at the biggest trends or the summer season and how you can incorporate these to your own spaces.
Garden furniture and décor has evolved in recent years – from cheap looking white plastic chairs, to metal and glass to the current grey rattan style, gardens have seen it all. The early part of this decade sees a move to more natural materials and colours, such as wicker, natural coloured rattan, and organic cottons. Think 70s Hollywood garden party – lots of mid-century modern design coupled with inviting colours and raw materials.
Depending on the space you have you can really run with this trend, or keep it quite simple if you’re limited for room. For a more simplistic take on the trend, or for a smaller space, focus on a table and chairs to make these the star. However, if you have more space and budget to play with then consider incorporating a ‘kitchen’ area. Natural slabs such as granites and manmade materials like quartz are perfect for outdoor living as they’re hard-wearing and come in a variety of styles.
Forget bar carts and trolleys, 2021 will see the rise of the garden bar. They’re a great addition to any outdoor space as it can work for the smallest of spaces such as balconies, to larger scale spaces that can also incorporate kitchens. To really make the most of this trend consider incorporating natural materials for the bar and wicker style high stools.
Living in the UK means that we might not always be able to sit out in our outdoor spaces due to the weather. However, that doesn’t mean that a space can’t be usable. By using continuation in your design, it can make a space feel like it is accessible all year round. For example, continuing your kitchen design into your garden and having large windows or doors means that it will feel like you’re in your outdoor space even when you’re just in the kitchen. This continuation and indoor-outdoor living is set to lead a lot of design this year.