If you’ve read any design magazines over the past few months you’ve probably seen the 2021 home design trend predictions. They’re everywhere, from Architectural Digestto Veranda. Some of the trends mention colors, others products, but if there’s one resounding common thread it’s the forecast that this year homeowners will be retrofitting their outdoor living spaces for year-round use.

Being stuck at home for months has a way of changing one’s tune about fixing up a patio, deck, or backyard. What seemed like an I’ll-get-to-it-one-of-these-days undertakings has become much more pressing. And we’re not just talking about exterior upgrades for the summer months; rather, the new outlook is to turn outdoor space into a multi-functional extension of the home. In other words, to be able to use it all the time, not just when the weather is ideal. Here are some excerpts from (and links to) articles that tell us what designers are predicting for 2021.

Outdoor Spaces for Gatherings

The nearly half-century old Connecticut magazinelaid out its home design trend predictions for 2021, including “taking it outside,” noting that sprucing up one’s outdoor space can happen immediately, even in the winter!

Yes, we know life is better outdoors, especially when being out in the wide open means that we actually get to (safely) socialize with humans other than the ornery ones we live with. Thus, the trend to dream up and design bigger, better and more efficient outdoor-living spaces is, in a word, “huge,” Kaufman says — and the simple fact that it’s winter isn’t going to stop us. We’re talking elaborately landscaped fire pits to cozy ’round (Kaufman, who lives in Woodbridge, has put in three fire pits of his own over the past 10 months), portable patio heaters, loggias with radiant heat built into their ceilings, even heated furniture.”For more trends, read the full article here: https://www.connecticutmag.com/home-garden/home-design-trends-for-2021-reflect-changing-roles-for-our-personal-space/article_3c0f8f0e-448b-11eb-b8a4-0ffda84ed486.html

The Indoor-Outdoor Room

Homes & Gardens, a British print and digital magazine known the world over for its stunning home design inspiration, has highlighted 20 top design trends for 2021, including the pandemic-driven multi-functional outdoor room.

“This year’s garden trends are reflecting interior design trends – and are impacted by the pandemic as you would expect. Just as today’s homes now have to have multi functions, so are our gardens being similarly used.‘With people relying on their homes as an office, then an outdoor space for connecting with nature and entertaining friends and family safely is essential,’ says Isabelle Palmer of The Balcony Gardener. Investing time and money into cultivating our outdoor spaces  – large or small – into functional and beautiful enhancements of our homes makes good sense.” Read the full article here: https://www.homesandgardens.com/news/interior-design-trends-2021

Think All-Weather Outdoor Living

Described as theauthority on extraordinary design, Veranda magazineoffers advice on all residential design topics in both print and digital formats, making their outdoor living trends for 2021 worth the read. One on the list is creating inviting outdoor space, despite the weather.

“We anticipate greater investment in products that make our patios, balconies, and backyards more livable in extreme temperaturesWe’re looking to the Scandinavians, who long ago mastered the art of year-round outdoor entertaining and know that heavy-duty blankets, outdoor fireplaces, and even novel amenities, like pizza ovens, will help entice us to entertain outdoors this winter—and beyond. We also love retractable shade fixtures, such as umbrellas and shade sails, to repel the afternoon sun. Drop-down screens can be installed to enclose patio spaces and help with mosquitos. Fans are also a huge help, whether it’s bringing an indoor fan outside for a breeze and also to keep the mosquitos away or mounting a ceiling fan on a pergola for air flow.” Veranda’s 2021 outdoor living trends article can be found here:


A Trend Toward Pergolas

Even a business magazine likeForbeshas offered up its projections for “Seven Outdoor Living Trends for 2021,” not the least of which is the notion of adding a pergola to expand one’s living space outdoors.

“Pergolas are popping up. As noted by the NKBA [National Kitchen & Bath Association], homeowners are looking to extend their usable living space outdoors – especially with more people crowded in for more hours at home – and they often need shade to properly enjoy it. A pergola is a relatively quick and affordable solution, and can often be built or installed in a weekend. Best of all, they provide adequate shade for dining, lounging and other outdoor fun and relaxation.”For the full article, read on: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiegold/2021/01/31/seven-outdoor-living-trends-for-2021/?sh=187fd32412bd

As the makers of the luxury Pergola X, we at StruXure can confirm that a trend toward expanding outdoor spaces in 2021 is well underway. If you need help to determine how to turn your seasonal outdoor area into a multi-functional, year-round space, please get in touch.

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