With the ever growing trend of “staycationing” – having a stay-at-home holiday – more Australians are looking to spruce up their patios, making their outdoor living areas just like their favourite holiday destination.
Gone are the days when picnic tables, plastic pools and folding chairs were all that was available to furnish and equip your patio. Today’s patios come with luxurious features, including fully-equipped kitchens, heaters, fire places, couches, bars, entertainment equipment such as TVs, stereo, hi-fi, and more.
Nowadays it’s all about extending the outdoor patio living space and bringing all the comforts from inside outside. It’s also about trying to save our planet by making a proactive effort to go green, which is why landscape contractors are seeing an increase in the demand for energy efficient patio features, components and accessories, as well as hardscape designs that can reduce the heat transfer from outside to the interior of a home reducing the need for additional cooling.
From a simple canvas awning to a large outdoor area for entertaining, today’s design trends for patios vary from open spaces that integrate with the garden or backyard or pool area to enclosed (or semi-enclosed) outdoor rooms.
Whether you’re renovating your patio, or simply looking for a patio design ideas to help spruce up your outdoor living spaces, here are the biggest patio trends for designs, layouts, materials, furnishings, furniture, accessories and more to get your creative juices oozing so you can design a patio that’s unique, fresh, and completely personalized.
Design Trends for Patios 2015
Awnings are making a strong showing as more and more homeowners realise that these patio accessories are a quick, inexpensive way to transform an uninteresting outdoor area into an elegant patio that offers a warm and welcoming space outside to relax, entertain and enjoy the beauties of nature. Patio awnings, planned with care and creativity, not only become a value-adding asset to your home, but expand your living and entertainment areas substantially. With their simple, minimalist design, awnings will complement any patio design, adding both colour and protection against the powers of nature.
Another trend is the increasing use of comfy, cushioned sofas and chaise lounges to bring the cosiness of indoor furniture outdoors making it feel like home. Many outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts are taking advantage of the wide variety of outdoor furniture, outdoor benches, loungers, fabrics and pillows available today to make their outdoor spaces feel warm, inviting and comfortable. Choose attractive yet sturdy, durable pieces of furniture and accent them with colourful cushions.
Patios are becoming a preferred spot for showcasing colour with soft furnishings. Replace your traditional wooden patio chairs or benches with upholstered chairs or settees in a patterned fabric that allows your personality to shine. Using colour in small doses on patio furniture is a more affordable way to inject colour than redoing the patio flooring or the entire patio. Decorative outdoor throw pillows in coordinating patterns can bring even more colour to the space.
Many homeowners have come to realise that using plants is one of the easiest ways to transform a boring patio into a spectacular garden centrepiece. This is the main reason why troughs, pots and hanging baskets brimming with colourful, flowering bedding plants and eye-catching perennials have become a common sight in many homes. Consider planting some plants that are well adapted to growing in the sun-drenched, draught-prone conditions typically found in and around your patio to enhance the ambience of your outdoor living space and increase privacy. Look for plants that are attractive yet safe for you and your pets. Plant a border of shrubs, flowering annuals and perennials around the patio to help soften the stark edges as well as add colour and interest.
There is a growing trend for treating the outdoor living area like you would a house and dividing it up into a number of separate “rooms” or living areas. This can be done through the use of plants and other foliage or using multiple flooring options or other patio accessories. The distinct living areas can be divided according to their specific decor theme or they could be divided according to their specific use, for example: a lounging area, a dining area and a bar area.
Beautiful Outdoor Lighting
Homeowners are realising that installing some attractive lighting fixtures is a bold way to add a shot of colour to your patio without spending a fortune to renovate. Make a big statement by choosing chandelier lighting or lighted awnings with a colourful finish to make an impact.
The outdoor kitchen is another “still holding steady” trend that is increasingly becoming so prevalent that, in some cases, it’s even more elaborate and detailed than an indoor one! Modern outdoor kitchen patios can include: wine coolers, refrigerators, pizza ovens, bars, built-in barbecues and prep areas for food and drinks. And just like indoor kitchen installation requires attention to design and build details, so too does a patio kitchen. Some of the important considerations that you should take into account when designing an outdoor kitchen and patio include: location, patio decor, landscape, patio features, and heat and light.
Fire Pits and Fireplaces
Fire pits and fireplaces are also a popular trend and an excellent choice if you’re looking to put a unique twist on your patio design. With these trendy accessories, a number of patio design possibilities are available. Fire domes, fire pit tables, fire bowls, bonfire pits and fire hearths have become extremely popular due to the fact that they are both functional and attractive. These come in a numerous shapes, sizes and styles to fit all kinds of patio designs, from a simple patio design to an elaborate landscaped outdoor area.
There’s no denying the fact that the look of a quality outdoor area rug can be stunning. It adds comfort and colour; and the best thing about it is that you don’t have to go full-on covering the entire floor to incorporate this trend. Consider using an attractive outdoor rug to define your outdoor spaces.
We are also seeing patios made with more permanent, natural materials. Natural stone materials like marble or natural stones and pavers are prized for their timeless good looks and beautiful variations, whether it’s on patio flooring or patio kitchen countertops. If it’s not within your budget, or the upkeep is daunting, there are plenty of natural stone lookalikes infiltrating the market. You can even find laminates that resemble natural stone.
If you are looking for a stylish solution for your outdoor area, patio or pergola, talk to us about how awnings can assist with your soft design, including colour trends. Contact Ozsun Awnings. We service the Sydney Metro area.