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7 Outdoor Living Trends to Inspire You in 2021

May 25, 2021

Outdoor hangouts are a tried and true pastime in North Carolina and Southern Virginia. With summer quickly approaching, calendars will start to be filled with backyard cookouts and cornhole tournaments. Now’s the time to start helping your clients plan their perfect outdoor space!

There are tons of exciting ways that homeowners can design their outside living areas so that they’ll have plenty of excuses to enjoy nature. Even if you’re still spending a lot of time at home, there’s no reason you can’t get some fresh air and sunshine on your own beautiful deck or patio.

Here are seven of our favorite trends — be sure to let us know if you incorporate these ideas in your own design!

1. Align Your Outdoor Design With Your Indoor Style


Bring consistent design details, from the indoors to your outdoor space, for a finished and luxurious look. This homeowner enhanced their home with Marvin Windows and Doors for the ultimate in outdoor enjoyment.

The homeowners installed an Ultimate Multi-Slide Door, which blurs the line between indoor-outdoor space, and also added a sleek modern fireplace to the outdoor lounge area to make it the perfect spot to relax. Keeping the same crisp white palette in both the patio and living spaces helps make the design more seamless throughout.

2. Design a Deck That Delights


An outdoor deck is beloved by many homeowners but can come with lots of maintenance to keep the product looking new.

Royal Building Solutions offers Zuri Premium decking for homeowners who want the aesthetics of wood without constant upkeep. Zuri decks are scratch-, stain- and moisture-resistant and come with a warranty of 25 years for colorfastness. Homeowners won’t have to spend their weekends resealing their deck — instead, they’ll get to enjoy it.

3. Make Your Outdoor Space a Destination


Design your outdoor space so it’s a spot to relax and unwind. Including a jacuzzi always helps, along with gorgeous (and durable) decking from Wolf Home Products in Teakwood to complete the experience.

The designer made sure to complement the natural scenery with a creative privacy wall made of wood panels, and we love that the installation didn’t require cutting down any of the existing trees. The whole outdoor space is lush and inviting, and it creates the perfect rest stop after a long day.

As a bonus, Wolf’s Serenity decking products offer the look of wood without the upkeep so that you can indulge in your experience even more.

4. Create a Custom Outdoor Kitchen


“Cooking has become an increasingly popular outdoor activity. In fact, a 2021 design trends report by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) found that 60% of homeowners are looking to add outdoor kitchens,” says Kristina McGuirk for Better Homes and Gardens.

Featuring a wet bar and fireplace, this gorgeous outdoor grilling area would make any neighbor want to come over for a cookout. This homeowner’s outdoor design includes everything they need to cook meals and entertain guests, and uses an outdoor kitchen with stone surround from Kindred Outdoors & Surrounds to complete the look. Using natural elements, like wood and stone, works well in outdoor spaces and complements the home’s natural surroundings.

5. Double Your Deck Space


Two decks are better than one — especially when they’re more usable. By installing the Trex RainEscape under-decking system, homeowners can protect spaces underneath an upper deck from rain or snow and won’t need to worry about ruining any design features below every time weather comes calling.

This means you can include additional dining or seating areas in your lower outdoor space and feel secure knowing it will be a dry, comfortable experience.

6. Reference the Natural Surroundings


Including more organic elements in your design adds to the outdoor experience. Thermory’s Benchmark wood decking in White Ash creates a handsome foundation for this relaxing dining space. The designer added to the warm feel of the deck area by including other natural details, like these stunning custom wood panels that provide shade and privacy exactly where both are needed.

7. Enclosures to Make Any Outdoor Space More Cozy


Who says the outdoors are just for summer? Ensure your space is usable year-round to get the most out of your upgrades.

Whether you’re entertaining guests or just want to make a weekend night more extravagant, enclosing outdoor spaces makes the experience easier to enjoy. This Eze-Breeze system offers homeowners a way to do just that. The vinyl-glazed panels reduce extreme heat, cold and humidity, and help to create year-round outdoor living spaces that everyone will love.

Design Solutions That Make the Most Out of Outdoor Living

According to a press release from the International Casual Furnishings Association, “While the COVID-19 pandemic has kept the majority of us at home for the past year, 90 percent of Americans with outdoor living space have been taking greater advantage of their decks, porches and patios, and consider their outdoor living space is more valuable than ever before.”

Talbert Building Supply is your one-stop shop to find all the building products you’ll need to create an outdoor living space that works for your design. From windows and doors to durable decking, you can get it all in one place at Talbert.

Check out Talbert’s gallery of Decking & Outdoor Living products to inspire your outdoor design, or visit one of our locations to see what’s in stock.

Or, make an appointment to talk to our Outdoor Living Specialist. They can help find the perfect product, make sure you get everything you need, ensure you sign up for any warranties, provide technical assistance, and more. Fill out the contact form or call any of our locations to make your appointment.

We’d love to make your project a success.