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A Year In Review: Hottest Outdoor Trends From 2017

2017 Year In Review

As 2017 comes to an end, we’d like to take a moment to look back on what was trending on patios and decks across the country, and give you a peak of what’s to come for 2018.

One of the most notable trends of late has been using your outdoor space to mimic indoor living. Outdoor furniture has evolved to resemble indoor furniture more and more every year. This trend has seen hardy wicker chairs be replaced by plush sofas and ottomans. Outdoor furniture is now largely upholstered with durable but comfortable coverings and includes delicate fabric accents such as throws and scatter cushions. The luxurious textures within these fabrics are often paired with rich gem tones and metallic finishes, bringing the grandeur of the indoors to the outdoor patio. This furniture design is compatible with patio materials that also reflect elements of the home. Granite, for example, is incredibly durable and can be incorporated into the countertops for a grill island that resembles an indoor kitchen.

The Pantone 2017 color of the year was Greenery, a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally.

The modern age is experiencing an increase in experimentation with colors, patterns and textures. This trend is popular with, but by no means limited to, young homeowners and is guaranteed to energize any old patio. Vibrant, bright tones are being strategically incorporated into throw pillows and base cloths and are often paired with neutral shades to make them pop. These neutral shades are also utilized to create a visual balance as large amounts of vibrant color can overwhelm even the largest patios. Flaming orange and turquoise hues are good candidates for bold ocean-view decks, accented by white umbrellas and slipcovers that bring about a pleasant balance of tones.

Outdoor furniture made from blending natural materials with modern accents took center stage over the past year. Homeowners have become increasingly familiar with ethereal outdoor furniture designs, blending modern and timeworn, rustic themes. The furniture is selected in current styles and is arranged in modern, minimalist configurations. These contemporary structures showcase worn surface textures and wood grain finishes, creating an interesting mixture of aesthetics. Neutral colors are used in conjunction with pastels for a subtle washed-out effect while thick wickers create a balance between the organic and geometric elements. This balance is extended through the use of natural stone in conjunction with the shiny chrome finishes of metallic furniture and appliances.

With the use of color gaining in importance, the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report Spring 2018 edition features the top 12 colors for men’s and women’s fashion, highlighting a more multi-faceted color story that expands the opportunity for self-expression. For the first time this year, the report also includes four classic colors, which transcend seasons and provide structure to any decor.

2018 will bring mindful designs and visually calming expressions of self to the forefront.

Keep an eye out for nostalgic pops of retro 50’s and early industrial accents as warmer gray palettes and raw woods center around upholstered focal points.

Imperfect shapes will be celebrated as the perfect focal point to any exterior design. Whether a live edge table top, hand molded clay pot, or a naturally cracked surface; the perfectly imperfect trend is your connection back to the natural world.

Expect youthful bohemian trends to take center stage next year with bright and bold textures and colors. A tip of the hat to the vibrant global culture of the times, variations of fun hippie style will mix with etched bronze, ikat designs, animal prints, and woods in vivid grain.

Calming pastels represent the beginning of a relaxing day featuring softening under the radar colors that conclude the weekend with whimsical forms and stellar iridescent glowing.

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