This Summer's Hot Outdoor Living Spaces

As rustic farmhouse decor becomes less popular indoors and out, reclaimed wood is no longer a trending material, according to Zillow's 2019 Outdoor Living Trends Report. The online real-estate database highlights several other elements that will be popular in the upcoming summer months, CultureMap Dallas reports.

Mixed Materials
There's apparently no such thing as "indoor-only" materials, as brass, rope, textured upholstery, and webbing are showing up outdoors, along with chandeliers, rugs, and floor cushions in weather-resistant velvet, leather, and chenille.
Feel the Heat
Outdoor kitchens aren't going away anytime soon. The popular feature is not just a good investment for future resale, it's also something you can enjoy right now. Comfortable and functional is a key phrase this summer, and it doesn't get more useful than a place to cook around the pool or while lounging in the sun.
Go Green
Eco-conscious landscaping, outdoor furnishings, and fixtures are more popular than ever, with living walls making a design statement (and reducing your carbon footprint) and solar-powered LED accent lights providing upgraded illumination (without complex wiring or tricky installation). Zillow also points out that when it comes time to sell, listings that mention outdoor lighting sell for 19% more than expected.
Besides rustic farmhouse decor, what else is out this year? Being too matchy-matchy. Zillow says don't rely on matching patio sets, but instead put together an eclectic outdoor space with a variety of textures and materials.


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