The 6 Hottest Outdoor Design Trends You’ll See Everywhere This Spring and Summer

1. Tricked-out kitchens

Entertaining alfresco will never go out of style, meaning outdoor kitchens are here to stay. But the trend in 2024 is to go bigger and better in this space, with homeowners moving beyond a simple grill setup and spending more on bells and whistles to make it fancy.

2. Navy blue and forest green

Looking to nature for a color scheme (think green, orange, yellow, and blue) on your patio or deck makes perfect sense—and it’s also on trend in the new year. Ariel Barrionuevo, designer and manager at La Coralina Island House, recommends these shades when designing an outdoor look and predicts they’ll continue to find favor with homeowners.

3. Petite spaces

The clever folks at Houzz, the online design and decorating site, have been working hard to determine the hot trends in 2024—and one of them is relatively diminutive in size. Yup, tiny patios, small screened porches, and other cozy outdoor gathering spots are all gaining attention as we head into warmer weather, reports Annie Thornton, a Houzz outdoor expert.

4. American barn stars

According to lore, having a large star on your barn protected you from bad luck. Noel Fahden Briceño, vice president of merchandising at Chairish, notes that the American barn star is back as a trend in 2024, partly because folks are “always on the lookout for the most chic, unique, and eclectic pieces.”

5. Curvy seating

Rounded, wavy chairs and couches are part of the “futuristic forms” trend that the team at Wayfair Professional has put together for 2024. For your outdoor living space, this might translate to curved rattan settees or loungers and a round table to match.

6. Planting between patio pavers

An all-stone or solid brick patio is fine, of course, but the trend for the coming year is to tuck greenery among the pavers for a softer, more natural design.

The interest in planting between stones might be for beauty or to help with drainage, says Thornton. But no matter the reason, the look is both versatile and appealing.

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