5 Outdoor Living Trends Taking Over in 2022

Monday Apr 25th, 2022


Make your outdoor space just as stylish and comfortable as the rest of your home with this year's top trends.

Whether you have a sprawling backyard, a cozy front porch, or a silver of a balcony, today's outdoor spaces are increasingly being designed for everyday use, rather than sporadic weekend parties or warm-weather grill-outs. Many homeowners now depend on these outdoor areas to provide additional living space, a peaceful escape, and a connection to nature that their homes might otherwise lack. Weather permitting, a wide variety of activities including work, play, cooking, relaxation, and entertaining are all moving outdoors.

To accommodate these new needs, the latest outdoor living trends embrace the comfort, convenience, and style common to home interiors. Tap into the full potential of your outdoor living spaces with these top trends for 2022.

1. Outdoor Workspaces

For many, remote work is here to stay, and work-from-home setups are getting a fresh spin. While makeshift workstations at the dining table or couch were common throughout the past few years, 2022 is the year of the alfresco office. Outdoor workspaces allow you to carve out a spot for work, crafts, homework, and more without taking up valuable space indoors. Transform a garden shed into a private office or set up shop at a desk on the deck to extend work-from-home outdoors.

2.Structured Outdoor Rooms

Patios, decks, and other outdoor areas are increasingly being treated as well-defined rooms that serve as bonus living areas. This outdoor living trend is driving an uptick in furnishings that reinforce that room-like feel, such as built-in seating and shade structures that provide a "ceiling" overhead.

3.Patterned Surfaces

Just like a bold area rug can liven up a living room and new tile can transform a bathroom, adding patterns underfoot is equally impactful outdoors. We're now seeing homeowners using stencil designs to spruce up concrete patios and painting deck boards with eye-catching patterns. For a more permanent dose of pattern, install patio pavers in alternating colors to create a geometric pattern, or trade traditional pavers for striking cement tiles.

4. Stylish Seating

Expect interior furniture trends to migrate outdoors this season. Already well-established in living roomscurvy furniture styles and trendy textures like rattan are making their way onto patios and porches. Look for outdoor seating and accent pieces that boast rounded forms and woven textures to capitalize on this 2022 trend.

5. Backyard Escapes

As inflation and COVID-19 restrictions continue to make travel tricky, stay cations are more appealing than ever. Outfitting your backyard with resort-style features can help you create a relaxing space without the need for a plane ticket. Choose simple updates such as a water feature for soothing ambience, chaise lounge chairs that provide laid back seating, or patio heaters that let you comfortably extend your hours outside. Or invest in a pool or spa for the ultimate backyard retreat.


By Jessica Bennet

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