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6 of the biggest outdoor living space trends for 2020

Looking to design the ultimate outdoor space? Here are six on-trend things you should consider.

The backyard is no longer just a place to hang out the washing or cook up a quick BBQ. It’s become an integral part of a home – and for good reason.

No matter what you have to work with, comfort, functionality and style should all play a part in creating an outdoor space that can be used all year round. Here are some of the key things to keep in mind when designing or renovating your backyard.

Multifunctional spaces

The key to a great outdoor living area is functionality. Creating a space that is suitable for living, dining, cooking and relaxing should all be top of mind. And while it may seem difficult to strike the right balance, it’s not.

All you need to do is incorporate the right furniture and finishes. Consider adding dual purpose seating – such as bench seating with hidden storage and creating sitting areas that are easy to relax in, but also easy to eat at.

Smart blinds and awnings

Speaking of functionality, an outdoor blind or awning is the perfect way to seamlessly connect your indoor and outdoor space – and there are some very versatile options available.

One to consider is a folding arm awning which, at a push of a button, can instantly shade and protect a space or extend an indoor living area. These retractable awnings work well in a large outdoor living space or a small entertaining area and can come equipped with optional extras like sun sensors or wind sensors,  which extend or retract depending on weather conditions.

There are plenty of stylish fabric and colour options to choose from which can be matched to your indoor blinds – a new trend that is proving very popular.

Comfort is key

One of the biggest trends of 2020 is creating a space that is comfortable for you and your family. Consider your lifestyle and what makes you want to spend time outdoors. Be selective on everything from your furniture to finishes.

The essence of creating outdoor comfort is shade, versatility and functionality – and who doesn’t love relaxing in a well-designed space, especially in your own backyard.

Sensational succulents

These lovely little plants are no longer a fad, they’re here to stay. The best part is they’re super low maintenance and will give your garden a well-kept look – which is a win, win! Large plants can be used to create boundaries between areas, while smaller plants can be used as décor on tables or in decorative pots.

And if prickly plants don’t work for you, there are plenty of other succulent varieties to choose from that can soften up spaces. You can even add some depth by hanging plants or raising pots on stands.

Less is more

Whether you have a big or small outdoor space to work with, the old saying still applies - less is more. Avoid overcrowding areas with too many pots or jam-packing furniture into a tight space.

Invest in one key element that sets the tone for your space and reflects the theme of your home.

Get the light right

Want to set the mood? All it takes is the right lighting. This rule applies right through the home from the indoor to the outdoor and this year it’s all about highlighting the focal points.

If your outdoor fireplace needs some extra ambiance pop in some solar lights or highlight your entertainment space by opting for finishes that can incorporate lights, like an awning.

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