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Outdoor Living Trends for 2016

Posted by CCE Bloggers on 11/15/2016 to General Home Decor
Outdoor Living Trends for 2016

Outdoor living has become a hot topic among homeowners in the United States. According to the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), 70% of homeowners have an outdoor living space. But these spaces are more than just patios; they often feature unique furnishings, accessories and designs. Here are some of the top trends in outdoor living.

Fire Pits

One of the most noteworthy trends in outdoor living is a fire pit. Whether it's stationary or portable, fire pits open the doors to a whole new world of possibilities for homeowners. You can use them to set the tone for a more relaxing environment, to provide warmth during the otherwise cold fall and winter months, or you can even use them to cook food. Because of their unmatched versatility, fire pits are arguably the most popular trend in outdoor living.

Fireplaces

An alternative to a fire pit is an outdoor fireplace. Some homeowners assume that fireplaces can only be installed and used indoors, but this isn't necessarily true. There's been a growing trend surrounding outdoor fireplaces. These fireplaces are typically designed using brick, allowing homeowners and their families to enjoy all of the attractive benefits of a fireplace while outdoors. Keep in mind, however, that outdoor fireplaces typically cost more than fire pits. So if you're a budget, you may want to skip the fireplace and choose a fire pit instead.

Innovative Lighting

We've talked about this before on our blog, but it's worth mentioning again that more and more homeowners are using innovative lighting options for their outdoor living spaces. Tiki torches are a fun and innovative lighting solution that's guaranteed to enhance the appearance of your outdoor living space. Another idea is to use string lights, which are both easy to install and inexpensive.

Permeable Pavers

What are permeable pavers and why are so many homeowners using them in their outdoor living space designs? Permeable pavers are exactly what they sound like: pavers with a permeable surface through which water flows. So instead of pooling up on the surface, water trickles down through the pavers before reaching the soil. There are several advantages to using permeable pavers as opposed to traditional, non-permeable pavers. They offer increased irrigation for plants and trees, promote better rainwater runoff, and prevent problems associated with saturated soil. If you're thinking about renovating your patio, back deck, porch or any other outdoor living space, consider using permeable pavers in the design.

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