Make your backyard an extension of your home. With these top outdoor decorating trends, you'll want to be on your patio every day and night.

By Hannah Bruneman
May 31, 2019

Take that outdoor oasis of your dreams and make it happen in your backyard. Whether you have a small patch of land or a sprawling covered deck, it’s possible—and affordable—to make your outdoor space a beautiful extension of your home. This year, a few styles prove most popular with homeowners.

According to Zillow research on features that help your home sell, as well as Meredith Consumer Insights, outdoor living is more important to homeowners than ever. Here are just a few of the most popular trends in outdoor decorating; use them to spruce up your backyard before the real summer heat hits.

Eco-Friendly Décor

Homeowners are constantly looking for ways to live a more eco-friendly life, and their homes are a top priority when it comes to sustainability. According to Meredith Consumer Insights, sustainable living social media mentions grew 37 percent in 2018 and continue to trend upward. Take the trend outdoors with a DIY living wall. Not only will it create a gorgeous statement, but it can also be filled with lush plants and herbs that clean the air and feed your family. Try solar-powered lighting, too, which you can find in a variety of styles at your local home store. According to Zillow research, homes listing a solar panel feature sell for 40 percent above the expected value.

Colorful Porches and Patios

This year, homeowners aren’t afraid to add some color to their outdoor decor. In fact, interest in blue and green shades are up 50 percent. With an array of water-resistant textiles available, you can choose from all kinds of colors and textures for your outdoor sectional. If you’re working with a small space, a colorful outdoor rug might be all you need to brighten it up.

Mixed Materials

Why limit yourself to a single material or pattern when decorating outdoors? Try mixing rattan furniture with concrete decor accents for a fun mix of industrial and boho styles. Or swap out your metal light fixture with a woven pendant. As you collect goods you love from thrift stores, garage sales, or generous relatives, pair them with existing decor for a fun mix of new and old.

Make It Minimalist

According to Meredith Consumer Insights, 79 percent of women want their backyard to be a relaxing retreat. In line with the interior minimalist trend, people are turning to simple designs for their patios. When done right, it can feel like an outdoor spa. Try finding natural wood furniture, textiles in solid colors instead of patterns, and plenty of greenery.

Outdoor Kitchens

To make dining alfresco a reality every night of the week, more homeowners are investing in luxury outdoor kitchens. And according to Zillow research, homes with this feature sold for 24.5 percent above the expected price. With options for built-in wet bars, outdoor fireplaces, and even pizza ovens, there are so many ways to customize an outdoor kitchen. If a luxury remodel isn't in the budget, start small with a basic DIY bar.

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