Outdoor Spaces Need Some TLC? Check Out These Top Trends


Spring is here, and for those of us in the South, the lower humidity and moderate temperatures of these months are ideal for enjoying our outdoor spaces. If your yard and deck need some extra attention this spring, check out these tips on the top outdoor living trends for 2016.

Outdoor rooms: Thanks to advances in all-weather materials, furnishings, and accessories, you can outfit an outdoor living space in much the same way that you would any room in the home. To update your deck, consider adding an integrated bench with upholstered cushions or ornamental post caps and railings with decorative balusters.

Cooking with class: Americans have taken backyard cooking and dining to a whole new level. Heading into the outdoor living season, expect this trend to continue with increasingly functional outdoor kitchens complete with cooking islands, pizza ovens, refrigerators, and all-weather cabinetry and storage features.

Warming features: One of the hottest trends – literally – for 2016 is the incorporation of warming features into outdoor spaces. From candles and tiki torches to fireplaces and lighting, products that lend physical and ambient warmth will be in high demand. Look for increased use of LED lights integrated into deck railings, stairs, and yards as homeowners seek to enhance the ambiance and safety of their outdoor space and extend the time they can spend enjoying it.

High-tech decks: Home automation is hugely popular right now, so it’s only natural that the tech trend should migrate outdoors. From lighting and music controlled from a smart phone to motorized rear-projection screens synced to outdoor LED televisions, homeowners are now able to bring their entire entertainment system outdoors.

Leisure without the labor: For those that want to spend more time enjoying, rather than maintaining, their outdoor space, high-performance composite decking, such as Trex brand decking, is an ideal choice – delivering all the beauty and aesthetics of wood without the time-consuming upkeep. Unlike wood, composite decking, resists fading, staining, scratching, and mold – and won’t rot, warp, crack, or splinter.

For more outdoor living tips and project ideas, visit your local home improvement store or trex.com.

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