Each year brings new and innovative trends in landscape design and this year is certainly no exception. Elements that have been trending for years are made fresh with new and bold ideas. Technology and enviromental issues are key factors in this year's hottest trends in backyard design.
Bringing the Indoors Out
While outdoor spaces have been gradually gaining momentum in popularity, this year’s spaces are highly customized. Outdoor kitchens include all the amenities of the indoors plus fire pits and even a brick oven. But homeowners aren’t stopping there. To extend the home into the backyard, dining rooms, fully decorated living rooms and even themed rooms are now part of the outdoor space.
High Tech Backyards
Outdoor rooms wouldn't be complete without the same high-tech amenities that are found inside the home. Custom installed televisions, home theaters and sound systems are all trending this year. And wifi accessibility is an absolute must. Even outdoor lighting is going high tech.
Eco-friendly and Sustainable Gardens
Eco-friendly elements continue to be popular in backyard design. The trending styles this year include using native plants that attract local insects, birds, and wildlife, solar powered LED lighting, halting the use of chemicals in the garden, and installing water-smart irrigation systems. Decorative rain barrels and catch basins are often included in these designs.
Edible Plant Gardens
Whether planted in the ground or containers, planting edibles is a trend that is likely here to stay awhile. With growing concern over pesticides and chemicals used on produce and an overall health conscious society, growing produce at home is becoming more and more popular. Not only is it beneficial health-wise, it also adds a unique element to a backyard landscape. No wonder this remains a hot trend in backyard landscape design!