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2016 Outdoor Entertaining Trends

2016 Outdoor Entertaining Trends

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Summer barbecues, pool parties, movies under the stars. There’s plenty of reasons to have people over for some outdoor fun. But what are some of the trends for 2016 in terms of your outdoor living areas? We’ve got your complete guide so your back yard space will be the one where everyone is gathering and partying all summer long. Bonus: they offer a strong return on investment whenever you’re ready to sell.

Eclectic design

Homeowners are loving the new eclectic trend found inside their homes and are carrying it over to their outdoor spaces as well. How to implement? Mix materials from your furniture to your hardscape. Mix all-weather wicker with teak and aluminum. Use different stones, woods and patterns and textures to create a one-of-a-kind look and appeal.

Upholstered soft seating

There’s no reason to be uncomfortable while enjoying the outdoors. Put some all-weather upholstered cushions on your seats. The problem? You and your guests may never want to leave.

Outdoor cooking

Outdoor cooking is no longer just for a grill for some burgers and brats. 2016 is all about different modes of al fresco cooking. We love outdoor stone ovens to cook pizzas, breads and other baked goods. Think of other ways to get outside for cooking. As an added plus, plant a herb garden to have quick access to fresh flavors and have a little bit of a mini farm to table experience.

Evening entertaining

Don’t let your party in because your natural light source has gone to bed. Keep the party going by placing strategic deck lighting on posts and stairways. Use torches, pathway lighting and string lights amidst your landscaping creates a magical feel. Keep the bugs away as well as have a fun gathering space through propane and citronella gel fueled fire pits.

Reconstructed stone

What’s in demand for all tabletops including dining and accent tables? When choosing reconstructed stone for outdoor use, make sure it is made from composite concrete so it is less brittle and withstands the extremes of Texas weather.

Sustainable landscapes

“Naturescaping” is the phrase for selecting and growing native plants to attract birds, insects and wildlife. This is just one of the ways in which homeowners are trying to develop environmentally conscious landscapes. These landscapes create beautiful pictures as well as being low-maintenance. In addition, rain barrels, rain gardens and stone retaining walls serve an important job of collecting, cleaning and stopping water which adds to the creation of a sustainable landscape.

Soothing hues

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2016 is in fact two – Rose Quartz and Serenity. These soft hues of pink and blue blend perfectly into the outdoors and are great for landscaping. Use the colors in blooms from heritage rose bushes, Angelique tulips, blue lace delphinium, French hydrangea and others.

(Source: Love Your Landscape & Housetopia)

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