10 Outdoor Living Trends Expected to Be Big in 2023

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With every new year comes fresh ideas. Ever since the pandemic, homeowners have focused on transforming their outdoor spaces into everything from a home office to a living area to a place where you can safely host holiday dinners and gatherings. What are the hot backyard trends for 2023? The National Association of Home Builders reported in 2022 that 58 percent of homeowners surveyed said a connection with nature or the outdoors would be top of mind in design choices. With this focus on backyards, keeping up with what’s trending can be a fun and rewarding hobby.

Regardless of your tastes and preferences, there is a trend that will work to maximize and personalize your outdoor living space. Whether you decide to freshen up your garden with a new deck, choose a trending style like Grecian or Terracotta, or opt for sustainable design, there’s a trend for every style and outdoor need.

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1. Indoor-outdoor braiding

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A top trend to watch involves the seamless integration of indoor and outdoor living spaces. This includes opening the home to the garden or terrace through folding glass doors and adding enclosed porches and partially covered gardens. It also means choosing ultra-comfortable and luxurious materials for outdoor furniture that feels more like indoor pieces. Popular materials include marble, granite and metals such as brass and copper. Some homeowners may also choose to place indoor furniture such as plush sofas outside in the garden.

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2. Greek-inspired features

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People dream of Mediterranean vacations with this backyard theme. Greek-inspired gardens offer a sense of romance and history. To make Greek dreams come true, choose Greek statues, columns, formal hedges, archways, gravel gardens and stone paths. Place your existing garden containers and urns on a Grecian-inspired platform, like this 15-inch plinth from Home Depot. While blue and white are the most traditional color choices, adding a pop of accent color in a predominantly white garden also works well. Plant olive trees, succulents, boxwood and white roses and use plants to shade the seating areas.

3. Natural stone paths

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With both sustainability and peace of mind in mind, more people will choose natural stone to create walkways in their yard. This low-maintenance trick helps create a cottage-style feel and breaks up a solid lawn with added interest. Choose brushed or textured stones made from granite, porcelain, sandstone or limestone. Cracked stone is also trending, so you can make stone look natural by choosing elements such as asymmetrical boulders and slabs.

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4. Plants for privacy

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Sure, fences and decorative screens can help create a secluded sanctuary, but expect to see more people choosing plants for privacy instead. Vertical planting can achieve privacy in small spaces by using rolling shelves, pergolas, trellises, hanging baskets, planters, fence shelves, mounted containers and bags. For a natural-looking partition wall, add a living wall, like this Pocket Hanging Vertical Garden Wall Planter, available on Amazon.

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5. Climate-resistant gardens

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More people now live in drought-stricken places and face water restrictions and other climate-related concerns. Therefore, they turn to climate-resistant gardens to minimize water consumption. This could be similar to planting the right types of trees for a particular location. Be sure to work with a local arborist to identify the best species to ensure they suffer less stress from heat and drought conditions. It is also important to choose the best plants for a drought-tolerant garden.

6. Terra Cotta

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The new Garden Trends Report from the Garden Media Group declared terra cotta the “color of the year” for 2023. Terra cotta means “baked earth” and is a reddish-brown unglazed clay used to create pots and planters. Both the terracotta material and color are expected to play a big role in backyard design in the new year, adding a bit of Moroccan or Mediterranean flair.

The warm and vibrant tone will help balance out all the grays and neutrals that have dominated outdoor furniture and home decor for some time. This tendency towards natural warmth in color can also influence plant and flower choices, such as pansies and dahlias in a range of copper tones, and plants such as Sombrero Adobe Orange coneflower, Tecoma ‘Red Hot’ and Veranda Mango Rose. Of course, be sure to stock up on terracotta planters, like these patterned pots available on Amazon.

7. Illuminated garden sculptures

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Wow guests with lighted sculptures such as these cracked glass globes available on Amazon that display as backyard artwork. These unique elements provide a focal point and transform the entire yard into an exciting space. Use fixtures you have on hand to carefully illuminate sculptures, statues and sundials to create a conversation starter and enhance the ambiance of any outdoor setting.

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8. Upscale relaxation

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Since the pandemic, people often want to feel like they’re on vacation when relaxing in their own backyard. Experts find that the main reason homeowners upgrade their backyard is to create a soothing, hotel-like space. This trend is all about upscale relaxation, involving high-end furniture, outdoor rugs, pizza ovens, water features, elaborate fireplaces, covered outdoor kitchens and more. It also involves creating a tropical holiday atmosphere with plants such as Royal Hawaiian ‘Waikiki’ Colocasia, a ficus tree or a potted bird of paradise.

9. Availability

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The Garden Trends Report also highlights accessibility as top of mind to help those with mobility issues and aging baby boomers stay active in the garden. This looks like sturdy furniture that’s easy to get in and out of, and raised beds that don’t require bending to fit. Also create permanent paths that are wide and spacious so that people in wheelchairs or those who need support walking can easily pass.

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10. Sustainable furniture

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Consumers continue to prioritize planet Earth in their purchases, and this is expected to continue in the new year. The sustainable outdoor furniture industry is booming, with so many more choices like pieces made from bamboo, recycled plastic, rattan and other eco-friendly materials. Another option is to recycle and breathe new life into your old pieces using these tips.

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