In 2018 the emphasis is on outdoor living and creating beautiful and inviting entertainment areas.
Even with our unpredictable British weather, people are investing more money into creating an outdoor living space and are spending more time relaxing and entertaining in their gardens than ever before.
If you want to transform your outdoor area into a haven of comfort and enjoyment, then here’s a look at the latest garden design trends and ideas for 2018.
Outdoor Living Spaces
Garden furniture is becoming more sophisticated. There’s a larger choice of contemporary designs, textiles and finishes enabling people to create a beautiful and comfortable ‘living room’ outside, with practical, weatherproof furniture, soft furnishings and natural seating areas incorporated into garden architectural designs.
Open fire features such as a central fire pit create a romantic and cosy area for people to gather around, and are fast becoming an essential feature for outdoor living areas.
Eating alfresco is no longer just about setting up a barbecue, and table and chairs under an umbrella.
The trend for fully fitted permanent outdoor kitchens is more popular than ever. From powerful integrated barbecues to wine fridges and built-in natural stone storage units that blend seamlessly with the garden, outdoor kitchens are fast becoming the ‘must’ have garden feature for entertaining friends and family.
Pizza ovens are another multifunctional feature that are growing in popularity. Traditional stone built wood fired pizza ovens are the perfect centrepiece, adding a Mediterranean touch to your garden. Warm and inviting, a wood fired pizza oven creates a natural gathering point and entertaining area that can be used throughout the seasons, not just in the summer, and not just for cooking pizzas!
Embracing The Smallest Spaces
For many urban and city dwellers outdoor space is at a premium and is often limited to a balcony, courtyard or small patio area. But that doesn’t stop you embracing what space you have by creating an attractive and inviting outdoor area for enjoying a morning coffee, growing plants or using as an extension of your indoor living areas when entertaining.
As the popularity of outdoor living spaces has grown, so too has the demand for structures that offer practical, effective and attractive shelter from the elements.
A popular structure synonymous with Australian and American properties is the veranda: a framed structure attached to the house which lets you enjoy an additional sheltered living and dining area, whatever the weather.
For smaller areas such as a balcony or a patio, modern state-of-the-art awnings available in a range of fabrics, colour choices and frames can be remotely controlled to extend and retract, providing shade and shelter as and when you need it.
A fully retractable room-sized textile roof can be used for larger outdoor kitchen and dining areas and provides the perfect shelter for your pizza oven and barbecue.