Some outdoor trends come and go, while others are timeless. From muted colour schemes and long wearing materials to entertaining areas and statement pieces, discover the backyard trends that have stood the test of time.
Neutrals and minimalism
Vivid green hues and warm earthy tones may be all the rage right now, but your outdoor area is not the place to test trends.
Requiring more permanent structures and time for gardens to mature, it can be both costly and time consuming to reinvest in and redesign your outdoor space every couple of years.
Opting for neutrals is a safer choice that will have you enjoying your backyard space for years to come. Neutrals have a strong presence in traditional and timeless homes, as they can open and brighten a space without overpowering it.
Sticking to a neutral colour palette also means that your outdoor area will look cohesive and organic with minimal effort. Consider greys, whites, and charcoals if you plan on installing a larger, core structure such as a pergola; these colours will remain versatile for years to come. If you’re considering paving, look at whites and beige tones to brighten and lighten.
Minimalism is key to keeping your outdoor space looking timeless. Whilst some different textures and patterns are encouraged to bring warmth to an area, keep accent pieces with bold patterns and colours to a minimum. They can throw off the balance of the space and make it feel cluttered quickly.
Instead, add subtle pops of colour with sophisticated décor pieces or large statement plants, like Birds of Paradise plants or Fiddle Leaf Figs.
Low maintenance and long wearing
Choose materials for your outdoor space that will continue to look good for years to come after they’ve been installed – with minimal maintenance. Surfaces such as concrete, stone and timber will bring longevity to your outdoor design as well as functionality.
Composite decking is both a low-maintenance and durable flooring option for a range of outdoor designs. Requiring no staining, sanding, or oiling composite decking gives all the great design benefits of a timber deck without the upkeep. Best of all it’s built to handle being out in the Australian elements, giving you the peace of mind that your outdoor space will continue to look fantastic through the seasons.
Low maintenance areas will never go out of fashion. Perfect for young couples and busy families alike, low maintenance turf, such as artificial grass, is rising in popularity. Unlike natural lawn, which has to be constantly watered and mowed weekly, artificial grass requires minimal maintenance with no watering needed.
And, as a bonus, artificial lawn rarely stays wet from the rain—with drainage holes every 10cm, so you can get more use out of your outdoor space during the winter months.
Outdoor dining is a staple part of the Australian lifestyle and will always be on trend in Aussie backyards.
Create the perfect alfresco dining area by sectioning out a dedicated dining space with a raised deck, ideal for sloped or difficult blocks. Decking is available in a variety of stains, complementing the existing style of your home while remaining a neutral texture in your outdoor design.
For furniture and finishing touches, opt for neutral colours that won’t date quickly and will work with a wide variety of styles. Traditional textures such as wicker and timber will complement a range of homes and designs. Look to contrast your outdoor dining furniture with your design colour palette. For example, if you opt for dark timber flooring, you may want to consider light grey or beige chairs and table. This will help the space feel streamlined and sleek.
Create a statement with a swimming pool
Another staple piece in an Australian backyard is a swimming pool. Residential swimming pools date all the way back to the days of Roman Emperors and have become more popular and versatile ever since. Pools ultimately exude class and beauty, and often act as a centrepiece for a home.
Pools are a great investment as they suit multiple types of homeowners. Whether you’re a young couple who love to entertain or have an active, growing family, a pool can suit your lifestyle needs. For a timeless swimming pool design, opt for a simple shape. The classic rectangle remains a popular choice year after year, as it suits a wide range of backyards.
Fibreglass Pools are a surprisingly affordable option that are perfect for family fun, swimming laps or just lazing around. They have a variety of pool shell colours to perfectly suit your outdoor space and complement your home. Deep blue hues such as Royal Ocean Shimmer and Royal Blue Shimmer have remained a colour staple and will stand the test of time.
All season living
Being able to utilise your outdoor space all year round has become highly sought after over the years and will remain a backyard requirement as people continually look to expand their living space.
Create a functional area that can be used in every season with a shelter from the elements. On wet, rainy days, or glaring, hot sunny days a pergola provides protection from the harsh weather conditions while creating a stylish statement. With the ability to opt for an insulated roof to keep in the heat, lighting for those balmy late nights, or a built-in fan to keep the summer heat at bay, you can customise your pergola to suit your needs.
Completely enclose your outdoor space with outdoor blinds, giving you an added room to entertain in all year round. The Bella Crystal and Bella Bronze range of external blinds offer added protection from the wind and rain, while still allowing you to enjoy your backyard views.
It’s clear why these trends remain staples in many Australian backyards. If you want to implement any of these ideas for your home, fill out the free measure and quote form at the top of this article.
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