Outdoor design trends for spring 2018 are all about incorporating affordable luxury into your own backyard. Get ready for the outdoor living season by turning your patio into a peaceful, lush oasis through low-maintenance water fixtures, a color refresh, and vintage materials. Create your own peaceful sanctuary by building a shaded pergola or a sun-kissed open air living room.
Spring is a time of new beginnings, which means it’s also the ideal time to give your outdoor living spaces a refresh that’ll bring your family joy for years to come. Read on to discover some of today’s hottest trends in home improvement.
Trend #1: Zen-Inspired Garden Design
This spring, homeowners are gravitating toward easy-maintenance exterior garden design that enhances physical and mental well-being, adding spa-inspired touches like meditation benches, fountains, reflecting pools, rock waterfalls and zen gardens to backyard spaces. Low-maintenance water features can add visual interest and soothing sounds to a yard — even in drought-prone climates because they actually require little water (and recycle the water they do use).
Create a relaxing surround by planting a bedhead garden – choosing native and easy-care plants that provide a lush look without requiring extra labor. For a low-maintenance comfort heat solution, choose an Infratech heating system. They require virtually no maintenance, operate for pennies per hour, and emit a barely discernible, pleasing glow that won’t disrupt the ambience of a peaceful outdoor setting.
Trend #2: Green
Looking for a color palette that’s ideal for spring, but on trend all year round? Opt for various shades of green. Pair multiple green hues from mint to evergreen for a fresh, inviting look, or add warm tans like hazelnut, medium-value navy blues and cool grays for an of-the-moment palette that’s versatile enough to last through 2018 and beyond.
You can easily match a custom color palette to an Infratech heating system. Infratech offers custom color-matching capabilities, for an outdoor living space that’s your favorite color – and your favorite temperature.
Trend #3: Vintage Chic
When furnishing outdoor spaces for spring, designers and homeowners are adding character by incorporating vintage finds into seating, lounging, gardening and dining areas. Create a unique look using reclaimed materials for structural elements like beams, walls or flooring, or choose antique gliders, vintage chairs and tables, or décor elements crafted from old signage. Mosaic treatments can also add artful visual interest to an outdoor patio or walkway, using tile or pebbles.
Let vintage furnishings serve as a focal point by opting for a comfort heating system that effectively vanishes into a ceiling when you choose Infratech’s best-selling flush mount option. It’s a favorite with architects, designers, and homeowners because it delivers heat where residents need it most, without drawing attention away from the style of an outdoor space.
Trend #4: Pergola Design
Pergolas are a great way to add shade in summer and light shelter against the elements in spring and fall. Today, designers are exploring ways to complement the architecture of the main residence with coordinating pergola design. Another hot trend: choosing decorative lattice panels to define private spaces or reclaim a storage area beneath a deck or patio. Lattice panel designs have evolved greatly from the checkerboard look of yesterday and now include styles that fit within a wide range of architectural vernaculars, from romantic to deco.
You can expand the outdoor living season with a pergola that incorporates Infratech’s SL- Series Slimline heaters, which are designed to integrate seamlessly into an indoor/outdoor structure. Slimline heaters virtually disappear into the surrounding décor, are capable of withstanding years of outdoor exposure, and are ideal for surface mount applications up to eleven feet.
Trend #5: Open-Air Living Rooms
This spring, architects and home designers are putting a new twist on the outdoor living room with its latest iteration – the open-air living room. This trend converts backyard space into living space with the simple addition of a roof covering. When choosing materials, consider another hot trend: commercial to residential design. This look picks up visual cues from commercial spaces, including railings, trim and light fixtures.
Can’t wait to try it? Enjoy cool spring days by adding an Infratech heating system to an open-air living room. Infratech heaters emit safe, clean wavelengths of light via a heated quartz element that is only absorbed by solid objects, transferring heat directly to a person, table or floor, rather than heating the air. For this reason, infrared heat can be distributed very evenly, and will not simply “blow away” in windy or drafty conditions.