2020 is the year to mix it up. Add visual interest to an outdoor space by mixing materials such as concrete and composite, wicker and aluminum, copper and stone. Integrate these nature-inspired materials through furnishing and decorative accents.
Homeowners are increasingly finding inspiration for their outdoor spaces in commercial settings, like upscale hotels and restaurants. Outdoors, this trend is manifesting in sleek, modern, industrial inspired railing styles, such as Trex Signature Railing.
Cladding is growing in popularity across the country. In addition to adding modern curb appeal, it provides a protective rainscreen. For those seeking the aesthetics of wood without the constant upkeep, composite cladding offers a high-performance, low-maintenance alternative.
As the foodie phenomenon thrives, outdoor kitchens continue to evolve. Picture fully appointed culinary centers complete with specialty appliances such as smokers and pizza ovens — all housed in stylish all-weather cabinetry. Pictured here is the new Trex Outdoor Kitchens collection, featuring stainless steel cabinetry solutions in color and style options that rival interior spaces.
Among the biggest trends for 2020 is natural greenery. Installing a vertical garden or ‘living wall’ outside your home can give you plenty of extra space for growing your favorite plants while also serving as an attractive, artful addition to your deck.
Fire features will be ‘hot’ this season. Integrate fire pots, such as those in the new Trex Outdoor Fire & Water collection, to create a cozy gathering spot — or combine in a series to provide an ambient boundary for larger outdoor areas.
The soothing sound of trickling water conjures calm and can set a relaxed tone and atmosphere. Add a water feature to your outdoor oasis for a charming focal point that can help tie together an entire landscape.
Smaller outdoor spaces will benefit from big imaginations and innovations in 2020. Inspired by home improvement TV and magazines, look for design-savvy, yet space-constrained homeowners to employ inventive uses of screening, fencing, all-weather curtains and lattice to maximize area and privacy in creative ways.
If you have a raised deck, there is undoubtedly some open space underneath. Turn this into bonus living space by installing a deck drainage system. Designed to divert water away from a deck, the Trex RainEscape creates a dry space beneath an elevated deck to create another spot for relaxing and entertainment.
Homeowners are investing in elements to extend the use of their outdoor spaces. Pergolas and patio umbrellas offer shady respite on hot, sunny days. When the temperatures drop, heating features, cozy throws and protective screens provide welcomed warmth.