Autumn/Winter Garden Trends 2012

Having recently released the first dishwasher specifically designed for outdoor use in Australia, ASKO is clearly ahead of the times. So who better to get forward-thinking trend tips than from ASKO's Australian design team?

What are your favourite looks for the garden this year?

A big trend is the fusion of the indoor and outdoor space, with a many houses now incorporating the two. From hidden indoor walkways leading to a secluded garden, to large sliding doors and windows that display the lush surroundings of a thriving garden.

What’s big for outdoor furniture this season?

As designers integrate the indoors with the outdoors, we’re seeing outdoor furniture that maintains all the comfort of indoor living while being specifically protected for outdoor use. The use of natural materials is also very popular right now as people embrace sustainable materials in their homes. We are seeing a lot of different textures, materials and colours blending in with the garden landscape, both brightening up the space and integrating with the natural environment.

We have seen some amazing examples of creativity with outdoor furniture, from using the garden as a place to relax on lounges through to the popularity of the outdoor kitchen. The outdoor kitchen concept really embraces two things Australians love - enjoying our great weather and cooking. The outdoor area is becoming a second living area for many homeowners and comfortable outdoor furniture such as day beds, lounges and beanbags bring a whole new level of comfort to outdoor living.

What’s your favourite new design for the garden?

People are getting increasingly creative with how they display their outdoor area, personalising their gardens with quirky touches. Alfresco dining is becoming more important to many Australians who are creatively using their outdoor space to entertain friends and family, especially over the summer months.

There’s nothing quite like alfresco dining and many of Australians are repurposing their garden to incorporate an outdoor entertaining area, complete with beautifully designed outdoor kitchen and dining sections. From smaller gardens to wide-open spaces, Australians are becoming increasingly inventive with how they utilise and personalise their space.

Visit ASKO for more information on the new Alfresco Dishwasher.

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