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(BPT) - Outdoor living has never had a brighter moment in the spotlight. Absolutely essential during the pandemic, flexible outdoor areas continue to be in high demand among homeowners. Here are some of the top trends for outdoor living in the year ahead from the experts at Trex, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, and leader in high-performance, low-maintenance outdoor living products.
1. The Outdoor Den
Gone are the days of decks and patios that might be used to host a BBQ once or twice a year. Today’s homeowners are seeking outdoor living areas where they can relax, watch their favorite shows, host a movie night with friends, play games and truly live every day. Outdoor dens inspired by the popular indoor trend from the 1960s are expected to see a resurgence, and they’ll be outfitted with all the comforts and conveniences of the indoors, from upholstered furnishings and fully appointed kitchens to bars, big screen TVs, surround sound and more!
2. Activity Zones
As our homes have become offices, classrooms, fitness facilities — you name it — space has become a precious commodity. To optimize the usability of an outdoor space, divide it into multiple activity zones for relaxing, dining and gathering. A pergola is ideal for instantly framing and defining a space. A relatively easy addition to any deck or yard, pergolas create the look and feel of an outdoor room while adding a distinct architectural element. Another way to integrate dimension into an outdoor space is with lattice. These stylish and versatile panels not only act as dividers for activity zones, but also minimize unsightly views. And, don’t overlook the space beneath an elevated deck. Adding an under-deck drainage system, like Trex® RainEscape®, will not only protect a deck’s substructure from moisture damage, it will create dry space that can be used for storage or as bonus living space.
3. Privacy, Please
The past two years have left us craving not only connection, but also increased safety and serenity. Thus, privacy is expected to be a big outdoor living trend. With backyards being used for everything from meditation and exercise to rest and relaxation, homeowners are seeking ways to enhance seclusion. Privacy walls are a great solution. Offered in both permanent and moveable options, these decorative panels are available in multiple patterns and colors to complement the aesthetic of any outdoor setting and are ideal for enhancing privacy around decks, patios and pools. You can also build your own privacy walls using cladding or leftover deck boards to create visual separation while adding a modern touch to any outdoor environment.
4. Curve Appeal
In a marked departure from the clean, streamlined looks of recent years, curves are making a comeback. Contractors are reporting increased demand for arched windows, doors and openings, along with curved footprints for porches, decks and walkways for landscaping.
5. Outstanding Outdoor Kitchens
As demand continues to soar for all things al fresco, from luxury grilling stations and elaborate bars to specialty features like pizza ovens, smokers, and refrigerated storage, demand for weather-resistant cabinetry is on the rise. The Trex® Outdoor Kitchens™ collection features a luxurious lineup of stainless steel cabinetry solutions in colors and styles options for creating functional spaces that rival interior kitchens — all crafted to withstand and endure exposure to the elements.
6. Eco-Friendly and Easy to Maintain
Today’s time-stretched consumers are increasingly opting for lower-maintenance materials that deliver on performance and sustainability. Composite decking falls right in this sweet spot. Manufactured from 95% recycled materials, Trex® composite decking has a lower carbon footprint than pressure-treated lumber. And, unlike wood, it resists fading, staining, scratching and mold — and won’t rot, warp, crack or splinter. No sanding, staining or painting is required, and food and drink spills wash off easily with just soap and water.
For more outdoor living ideas and inspiration, visit Trex.com.