4 Unique outdoor trends for Spring 2019
Every year we look forward to sharing the latest trends of the new year. Exploring new trends provides the perfect opportunity to find inspiration for your desired outdoor living space. This year, there are certainly a few unique hardscape and landscape trends that have been dominating the conversation. Here is our look at some major players for 2019:
Lighting is truly one of the most important yet overlooked elements in an outdoor remodel design. All outdoor spaces benefit from an elegant lighting design for many reasons such as increasing ambiance outdoors, the opportunity to enjoy your outdoor space after the sun goes down, creating curb appeal, and it provides an added sense of safety for homeowners and guests.
Ambient lighting is a key element within the outdoor lighting trend. Ambient lighting helps set the mood for many occasions and can be adjusted based on the activity. For instance, dimming the lights makes for the perfect romantic dinner outdoors, while a brighter scene is perfect for larger social gatherings.
In addition to increasing ambiance, there’s an added benefit of safety when it comes to walkway and driveway lighting. Not only do these strategically placed lights provide a well-lit path for family and guests, but it also helps show off the existing beauty of your home. Not to mention that any lighting in the front yard and driveway instantly creates a sense of curb appeal for passersby.
People want their homes to look beautiful and stylish, but they also want to help preserve the environment. And there are several steps you can take to ensure your outdoor space is more eco-friendly and help reduce your home’s carbon footprint.
One of the biggest ways to do this is to be mindful of your home’s landscaping, mainly when it comes to your lawn. This is where opting for artificial turf comes in. Not only is artificial turf non-toxic for your family and the environment, it’s also free of pesticides. Even more than that is the fact that artificial grass doesn’t need to be watered. This benefit is two-fold. It reduces water usage, benefiting water conservation efforts and it can also help lower your monthly water bills.
Outside of artificial turf, there are plenty of other ways homeowners can start reducing their carbon footprint right away. Opting for outdoor furniture made from recycled materials, collecting rainwater to be used for planter gardens, and pergolas equipped with solar paneling are some great ideas that should be explored this year.
If you love to grow plants and want to be more self-sustainable, we recommend starting a fruit and/or vegetable garden. Aside from the immediate benefit of spending more time outside tending to your vegetation, there are plenty of second-hand benefits to this green thumb idea.
Growing your own produce helps cut back on the expense of purchasing fruits and veggies from the store, allows homeowners a chance to grow organically without pesticides and will also help fertilize the soil with nutrients that can lead to a more plentiful garden.
In addition, there’s nothing quite like cooking up a delicious meal at the outdoor kitchen with your own fresh grown herbs and veggies. It’s also a great wow factor when hosting guests.
Sourcing Local Plants and Flowers:
A bit of research can help you learn about the local plants and flowers that grow best based on the climate in your area. These are plants and flowers accustomed to the weather, allowing them to flourish better throughout the year.
Taking it a step further, you can source plants that can withstand weather during fall and winter to keep your garden looking gorgeous throughout the year. Even when the temperature drops, these plants and flowers will look stunning and make you feel as though it is still spring!
There are so many wonderful options available to homeowners who want to invest in their outdoor space in 2019. From enhancing the ambiance and adding safety with outdoor lighting, to increasing eco-friendliness and developing an edible garden, you will be able to elevate your outdoor space in a significant way for the long run.