Even with the opening up to the outside world, many of us have found a new comfort in staying at home. Backyard dinners, outdoor movie nights, drinks on the deck and more, there are so many summer favorites that really don’t need to go anywhere, especially if you have a large outdoor space. .

What if you don’t? Well, we are here to help.

To get some inspiration to make your backyard an oasis, you won’t. want to To leave this summer, we once again consulted the pros of the design brand Living Spaces. They gave us the inside scoop on the season’s most sought-after decor and exterior design ideas, and we’re here to share a few of our favorites.

Here are five absolute must-haves in your outdoor space this summer, and all the details on how to find them.

1. Indoor-outdoor spaces

One of the best ways to make your outdoor spaces irresistibly cozy this season is to make them feel like they are inside. Consider decor items like extra cushions, blankets, and even some of your living room furniture (all approved for outdoor wear, of course).

But don’t take our word for it. According to a recent report from Google, “indoor-outdoor spaces” is one of the most sought-after trends of the season, and its popularity has increased 155.56% from last year.

“Indoor-outdoor living spaces – the addition of comfy sofas and coffee tables in the backyard – have become an easy solution to that feeling of being locked in during quarantine,” says the Living Spaces designer. Shelby greene.

“2020 was all about finding solace in hard times, and when it comes to the outdoors, heartwarming pieces are here to stay,” adds Greene.

Add a cozy indoor-outdoor vibe to your space with this bohemian beaded lantern, then bolster your seating area with this diverse collection of floor pillows and ottomans.

2. Concrete furniture

One outdoor trend we haven’t seen coming this season is the appeal of concrete furniture, up nearly 7% in recent months, according to the folks at Living Spaces.

“There is something minimalist about concrete furniture,” says Greene. “There is only one texture and color, and the shapes are generally simple. In other words: it’s an easy, timeless and safe choice unlike some of the more fashionable wood, fabric or metal outdoor pieces. “

Because of its versatility, neutrality, and ability to withstand all kinds of weather conditions, maintaining that pristine look, concrete furniture isn’t a trend we’re seeing disappearing anytime soon.

Upgrade your outdoor dining area with this round top table, or make a smaller addition with this embossed gray accent stool.


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3. Outdoor kitchens

Speaking of indoor-outdoor vibes, it’s no surprise that having an outdoor kitchen is still trending on Google and high on everyone’s wishlist this season.

“An outdoor kitchen is a must for outdoor landscaping in 2021,” says designer Savannah phillips by The Knobs Company. “People spend all day in their home offices, and when the clock strikes 5, it’s time to run outside and grill up.

“An outdoor kitchen can be used not only for standard cooking, but also for entertaining if you add bar stools or a dining set,” Phillips adds.

It’s not just Google searches that prove the continued interest in outdoor kitchens. According to a members-only survey conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association, 76% of design professionals said outdoor kitchens were their “best project” this summer.

Whether or not you’ve worked on your ideal outdoor kitchen, an easy way to start is with a portable pizza oven (also trending on Google), like the one in Ooni.

4. Pastel colors

Nothing screams summer like a bunch of colors on your patio. Perhaps that is why searches for everything pastel is on the rise right now, especially in shades of yellow (up 13%), green (up 10%) and our. personal favorite, lilac (up 19%).

“Pastel colors are a huge outdoor trend right now, stemming from the ‘cottagecore’ aesthetic that has been floating around,” says Phillips. “These soft colors provide a feeling of calm and relaxation and pair well with the vivid colors of the flowers and foliage. They are great for not overloading the space and keeping the focus on natural elements.

Incorporate pastel highlights into your outdoor decor with this khaki rocking chair or peach pink mosaic stool.

5. Mini gardens

The best thing about this trend is that almost anyone can do it, whether you have a sprawling lawn or a small balcony. These mini-gardens (searches have increased 7% over the past few months) are the perfect way to complement any outdoor space, regardless of size.

“The mini-garden trend is all about practicality,” says Greene. “Small in size or placed in containers, gardens become easy to maintain and place. In containers, this trend is becoming portable, and the incorporation of a small garden nearby, between and even on outdoor furniture makes an outdoor space enjoyable.

Shop this awesome collection of planters and pots to start your mini garden in style.