For the summer of 2010, the trend of outdoor living is stronger than ever. This trend originated when the term staycation became popular in response to the economic downturn. Instead of taking expensive, exotic vacations, people instead decided to “staycate” at home and allocated their available resources into improving the outdoor living space of their own homes. According to the DecoratingDiva.com’s interior design and décor trends report for 2010, that trend has now morphed into luxurious outdoor living rooms and kitchens sprouting up in backyards around America.
Erase from your mind the image of plastic weave lawn chairs of yesteryear. Today’s outdoor living rooms are filled with stylish, plush all-weather furniture, outdoor rugs, outdoor flat screen televisions, lighting, accessories and outdoor kitchens, all of which rival their indoor counterparts for utility and glamour.
How, might you wonder, is this possible? We still have to contend with fluctuating temperatures and spring and summer storms. Well, companies that are making outdoor furniture, including, daybeds, sectionals, loveseats and chaises have made dramatic improvements to the fabric over the last several years. Outdoor fabrics are better able to withstand the sun and moisture. The cushion filling has improved to the point where it does not soak up water and is quick drying. Some cushions also come with zippers so the slip covers can be removed and cleaned in the washer.
Outdoor rugs are also a hot ticket this summer when used to anchor an outdoor seating area or under a dining table. Popular colors are turquoise, greens, yellows and nature-inspired colors. The rugs are woven from heavy-duty synthetic fibers, which can take the outside elements or are made from bamboo.
Maybe most amazing are the outdoor flat screen LCD televisions. Some of these televisions can operate in temperatures from -40°F to 140°F. They will withstand the weather and have dipped anti-reflective tempered glass for outdoor viewing.
Outdoor accessories are another hot item as outdoor lighting, vases, pillows, tables and footstools are all used to pull together a complete outdoor living room.
Upscale kitchens are also the rage and feature grills, outdoor ovens, refrigerators, bars and sinks for the ultimate in outdoor cooking and entertaining.
Of course your outdoor living space needs to have a nice patio or deck as its foundation. Contact a local deck building expert or general contractor if you need help with your deck or patio design and for ideas on how to pull together your new outdoor living space. It may just be that this year your vacation turns into a summer-long “staycation” of luxury and pampering right in your own backyard!