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Backyard and Patio Design Trends that will Dominate in 2022

Outdoor living spaces have become an integral part of people’s daily lives and are no longer limited to summertime barbecues. Having comfortable and usable outdoor living spaces is important for year-round entertaining, as well as for spending quality time with loved ones at home. From backyard kitchens to multi-purpose furniture, discover the outdoor design trends for 2022 that will transform your backyard or patio into the ultimate outdoor entertaining space.

Outdoor Kitchens

Today, cooking at home has become an increasingly popular activity, with more homeowners looking to add outdoor kitchens to their backyards and patios. Various factors such as space, climate and budget all have an impact on outdoor kitchen design. There are many different styles of outdoor kitchens and features to upgrade including pizza ovens, ice machines, patio tables with built-in grills and more. 

Sustainability in Backyard & Patio Design

As we work towards more sustainable practices, green and eco-friendly materials have become an important part of home design. Some sustainable options in outdoor design trends include using recycled or reused bricks, paving and lumber; drought-tolerant and native plants, low-maintenance landscapes, water-efficient irrigation, and edible gardens. Replacing old light bulbs with LED lights is another great way to illuminate your outdoor living spaces while saving energy. Repurposing household items and using them in new and inventive ways can add character to your backyard, such as salvaging an old piece of furniture and transforming it into a decorative planter.

Multi-Purpose Furniture in Backyards and Patios

Another important feature when it comes to backyard entertaining is that outdoor furniture has evolved to accommodate daily living and social gatherings. Furniture is more than just personal taste, it also represents a lifestyle. More companies are designing pieces that are versatile, have multiple features and can be used in various indoor and outdoor spaces. IBBQ makes modern outdoor furniture such as grill tables that can be used for cooking as well as dining. One of their newest modern outdoor dining tables is the Angara Quadra, a compact barbecue grilling table that fits into any backyard or patio and can comfortably seat eight people for a more social and immersive dining experience.

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Water Features in Backyards

Water is a soothing and relaxing element that makes any outdoor entertaining space more tranquil. When it comes to outdoor design trends, there are different water features that will enhance any space, whether you have a small patio or a large backyard. Examples of popular water features include fountains, pondless waterfalls, and artistic features such as water walls and bubbling rocks. Swimming pools with waterfalls or an infinity edge are another popular design element in outdoor living spaces that offer a place to swim, entertain and relax. For yards or patios with limited space, cocktail pools are smaller and shallower than standard swimming pools, can fit into just about any space, and offer a great spot for cooling off while relaxing with a cocktail in hand.

Fire & Heating Features in Backyards and on the Patio

The addition of outdoor fireplaces, heaters and other fire features to backyards and patios has made it easier for people to entertain outdoors throughout the year, even despite colder temperatures. In addition to offering an element of style, heaters can help by adding warmth to  outdoor spaces on chilly nights and also during the winter. One great option is to add a unique piece of modern outdoor furniture like IBBQ’s Quadra table, which in addition to being used as a grill and dining table can also function as an outdoor fire pit for roasting s’mores and keeping warm.

 

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