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Ready to tap into the vast amount of potential your outdoor space has? So are we. Take a look at these 10 up-and-coming outdoor living trends for 2022. Some of these are outdoor living and furniture trends 2021 offered that we know and love; others are newcomers that we predict will gain momentum in 2022.

1. Sustainability is Here to Stay

We’re more informed than ever before. We not only want to create stylish outdoor spaces but also sustainable ones. You can expect recycled plastic outdoor furniture, eco-friendly decor, and natural materials for building projects like reclaimed wood and bamboo to remain popular and widely available on the market as more brands embrace sustainable practices.

Bring enduring style to your home by selecting furniture designs made from ocean-bound and landfill-bound plastic materials for your outdoor living area. A quick online search will help you find businesses that sell upcycled and eco-friendly decor as well as sustainable building materials.

2. Calm, Cool Colors

All of the major paint companies have named their 2022 paint colors of the year, and the consensus is that soft, earthy shades of green will be the go-to colors, followed by relaxing blues and chill neutrals.

These colorways point to tranquility and renewal being significant themes for 2022, so if you want to try this trend, choose patio furniture in calm colors that’s easy on the eyes as well as the mind, and look for coordinating decor offering clean, fresh hues.

3. Outdoor Climate Control

Bad weather isn’t keeping us inside anymore. Treat your home to this up-and-coming trend in 2022, and you’ll be relaxing on your patio all year long.

When it’s cold, hang overhead heating lamps in your outdoor dining area, or style a fire pit table on your deck with coordinating lounge chairs. In the summer months, install ceiling fans on your covered porch. If you want to get fancy, look into energy-efficient outdoor evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers.

4. Bohemian Haven

Bohemian style is back! This fun, eclectic style is a fantastic way to find joy in your surroundings and express yourself.

Bring luxe-boho vibes to your outdoor space by mixing and matching, layering, and exploring the colors, textures, and motifs of the world around you. Experiment with patterned outdoor rugs and pillows, display unique items you’ve collected on your travels, invest in plants of varying heights and colors, and choose comfortable weatherproof outdoor furniture you can relax on wherever the mood strikes.

5. A Plethora of Plants

Plants of all kinds fill homes across the country. These living decorations are the perfect at-home hobby because they keep us busy, but not so much that they cause unnecessary stress.

Perennials are great ideas because you only need to plant them once, and they come back year after year. Think hostas and lady’s mantle lining the pathway to your outdoor garden — both boast the soft greens that are the 2022 color picks mentioned above. Durable side and coffee tables are excellent outdoor furniture ideas for places to display potted succulents. You can also tie in the bohemian trend and hang macrame planters filled with colorful fuchsia around your patio.

6. Straight Up Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardens are outdoor living ideas growing (pun intended) in popularity. Gardens that grow up and not out save space, and they add to the aesthetic of any outdoor living area.

Let cucumber vines twine up a trellis or hang colorful wall planters filled with fresh basil and flat-leaf parsley for edible vertical gardens. If you want a vertical garden featuring foliage (for that popular green theme), try suspended pots of succulents and ferns, or let potted philodendron climb up your balcony railing.

7. Outdoor Living Rooms

We want to relax in the fresh air while still having creature comforts within reach, so outdoor living rooms are coming to life in our backyards. Outdoor living rooms are welcoming, easy to move through, and have strategically-placed modern conveniences — just like the living rooms inside our homes.

To create an outdoor living room:

  1. Think about how you want the space to work for you and start designing from there.

  2. Choose a shaded area like a covered patio and style it with a weatherproof outdoor furniture set.

  3. Mount an outdoor TV on the wall and outdoor fans on the ceiling, select a few hanging or potted plants for natural ambiance and pick out coordinating blankets and pillows for added comfort and color.

8. Outdoor Kitchens

There’s nothing better than alfresco dining, and it looks like 2022 will be seeing a surge in outdoor kitchens.

To build the ideal outdoor kitchen:

  1. Make a layout that handles the local climate. Connect a pergola or similar covering to your house (for convenience and added weather protection), then bring in tall bushes for wind barriers, wall-mounted heaters, and ceiling fans to circulate air.

  2. Fill your outdoor kitchen with all the appliances you want, such as a mini fridge, charcoal grill, or portable outdoor pizza oven.

Add comfortable recycled plastic outdoor furniture your family can relax on, such as a dining table and coordinating chairs.

9. Privacy, Please

As our time outside increases, so does our desire for privacy. Whatever your reasons are for creating an intimate outdoor area, we support your decision to keep your space cozy.

Use outdoor fences and privacy screens as enclosures, or look to nature for help by adding tall bushes and vertical gardens around the edges of your property.

10. Work From Home Spaces

The working from home trend is expected to continue into 2022 as we adjust to our new normal. Those of us who work remotely are transforming our patios, balconies, and terraces into outdoor offices.

To make an outdoor workspace, you’ll need access to a strong wifi connection and a quiet spot. Fill this space with comfortable weatherproof outdoor furniture and an outdoor umbrella for shade. Go for accessories that help you stay relaxed and focused, such as subtle water features or wireless weather-resistant speakers that play soft music while you work.

Fresh Start Design/Build Group. 609-490-0143.

Jersey Shore Home Show - January 21, 22 & 23, 2022

at the Brookdale Community College Robert J. Collins Arena

At the Home Show, the goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement – whether it’s a minor renovation or a major remodel.

The event features a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. After meeting with and comparing our expert exhibitors, we know you’ll be inspired and motivated to start planning with confidence. More importantly, we want you to be excited for all the fantastic possibilities that come with your project!

Show Date: January 21, 22 & 23, 2022

Show Time: Friday 11 am – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 8 pm & Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Get Your Free Passes Today!

Fresh Start Design/Build Group. 609-490-0143.

By US 1 Publications

Michael Josephson got his first taste of being an entrepreneur through working on the family farm in East Windsor growing fresh produce that he would eventually sell at the Trenton Farmers Market. “It was hard work, but looking back, that experience of developing a product from a seed and eventually packaging and selling it to customers at the market was invaluable.”

When Josephson entered high school, his parents made the difficult decision to sell the family farm, later acquiring the Mercer County franchise territory rights from Lawn Doctor. It was through the Lawn Doctor experience that Josephson truly caught the entrepreneurial bug.

“Throughout high school, I was very involved in helping my father expand his new Lawn Doctor franchise business throughout Mercer County,” said Josephson. “Back then the lawn care industry was in its infancy and using a third party to maintain your lawn was not the norm at any level. The market needed to be educated on the benefits of working with an outside company for lawn care, and I learned a lot about marketing and the importance of truly connecting with customers. Being part of a national franchise helped with this process as well.”

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, where he majored in landscape architecture, Josephson took over the Lawn Doctor franchise from his father and further expanded the business reaching approximately 2,000 clients throughout Mercer County. After about five years he decided to sell the business and launch his own company with expanded offering.

Fast forward 10 years to 2016, and that company, Fresh Start Design/Build, has evolved into a high-growth success providing a complete package of landscape design/build, hardscape, and irrigation services for both residential and commercial clients. While most clients are within Mercer County, the company also maintains a significant base in Hunterdon, Monmouth, Middlesex, and Somerset counties.

Fresh Start’s corporate clients include the likes of Bank of America, Capital One Bank, PNC Bank, Longhorn Steakhouse, Chili’s, KinderCare, and Extended Care Hotels. Alliances with Colliers International and Brickman have helped grow the commercial side of the business.

“Throughout my early experiences helping my family expand our farm business and later, the Lawn Doctor franchise, I learned that having a sincere interest in doing what is best for the customer is the key to success in any venture. While the Landscaping industry has grown exponentially with the amount of money spent and the number of service providers, those that wish to be successful for the long term need to operate the same way.”

Interestingly enough, it was through consistently doing what’s best for the client that the company recently launched a new division. Josephson indicated that over the last three to four years, Fresh Start has received numerous requests from clients and others requesting installations of new paver walkways and patios.

“For a large majority of these requests, we would recommend cleaning, sanding and sealing the existing walkways and patios, saving each client thousands of dollars. Our new Paver Saviors Division is focused exclusively on this service of making existing walkways and patios look like new — without the significant costs associated with replacements.”

Fresh Start Design/Build Group. 609-490-0143.

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