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Summer 2016 Outdoor Living Trends

Summer 2016 Outdoor Living Trends by James River Construction

Summer is here and your living is likely moving outdoors.

As you look for ways to spend time outdoors and decorate your outdoor space, you may notice that outdoor furniture, living and accessory trends have changed dramatically in the past few years. If you’re updating your outdoor space or decorating it for the first time, here are a few of the current outdoor living trends you might want to incorporate into your yard, patio, deck or pool.

Indoor looks, outdoor materials

Outdoor furniture has come a long way from the plastic and metal materials of the past. Today outdoor furniture uses materials and styles that look so much like indoor furniture, it can be hard to tell the difference. Weather resistant fabrics have expanded the looks and styles that are possible for outdoor furniture options. Composite materials that hold up well to moisture and sun have helped as well so that you can be just as comfortable in your yard as you are in your living room.

Outdoor materials have come a long way to making spaces feel like indoor living rooms.

For this porch addition on our client’s home, a large cushioned sectional and composite plastic wicker coffee table and bar create a comfortable and roomy outdoor living space.

Make some room

If you have the space, treat your yard like you do the inside of your house by creating separate “rooms” that serve a distinct purpose. Outdoor rugs, pavers and retaining walls can create a feeling of separation, while gravel pathways or landscaping can create a natural flow between the spaces.

Use your outdoor space to create individual rooms

For this home’s outdoor space, we built retaining walls around a cozy seating area, while the dining area is separate but still convenient to the home’s French doors as well as the other living areas.

Pretty planters

Like outdoor furniture, planters have come a long way in design and materials. Planters are a great options for low-maintenance gardening or in smaller spaces. Modern materials and designs can make a big statement in a small space.

Planters give you flexibility with where you want to put plants

Having plants in containers also means you can move them around to suit the situation, make more space or give plants more or less sun when necessary. You can also bring tropical plants outside in the summer, then enjoy them indoors during the colder months.

Swing is in the air

Swings are great hanging from a tree or in a play set, but they can also be a great addition to your porch or patio! There’s nothing quite like relaxing on a swing, especially when it’s a daybed sized swing perfect for napping.

A swinging daybed is a great place to nap or hang out

In this client’s screened-in porch, a hanging daybed filled with pillows beckons you to stop and enjoy the season. The ropes the daybed hangs from give it a rustic, farmhouse look while still holding the bed securely in place.

Light it up

Outdoor lighting options have grown enormously in the last several years, especially in the realm of solar lighting and string lighting. Lighting can create the right mood, distinguish different living spaces or more functionally, help guide you and your guests safely through your yard and up and down stairs.

outdoor steps with lights

In this  home, a screened in porch addition spills out to the family’s pool. Lights on the porch’s steps make the path between the two spaces safe and visible.

This summer, make the most of your outdoor space by incorporating some of these ideas to make your yard as comfortable as any room inside your house.

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