Do your New Year’s Resolutions include getting outdoors more? If they do, you’re not alone: unplugging and getting more fresh air and sunshine are on plenty of people’s lists. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the creative deck design trends that you’ll be hearing about in 2018: wabi sabi and maximalism.
Wabi Sabi Remember the hygge craze? Our love for all things comfy and cozy doesn’t go away once warmer weather arrives. Wabi Sabi is the Japanese practice in finding beauty in the imperfect and unfinished. This means rather than focusing on making your deck look showroom perfect – which is always a challenge with children and pets! – you can enjoy having a beautiful space that is enjoyed and lived in. Wabi Sabi is often expressed through ceramics: for outdoor living, look for planters and flowerpots that have quirky charm to capitalize on this trend. Look for ceramic planters filled with small evergreen shrubberies to appear on decks near you. They add life to a deck while providing privacy screening and a windbreak.
Maximalism Sometimes bigger is better! Maximalism is the trend for more of everything. Think larger furniture, brighter colors, bolder patterns – in other words, this is not the year for subtle restraint. There are two ways this applies to creative deck design. The first and most obvious is seating: choose large, sturdy pieces built for comfort and style. Many homeowners may prefer to choose the seating in a neutral color and going wild with color and pattern in the cushions. Then it’s time to talk about plantings. Many creative deck designs feature built in flowerboxes and other planters. 2018 is definitely the year to go wild with color. This doesn’t have to be expensive, and it can be fun for the kids: invest in seeds reliable garden favorites like zinnias and cosmos – both available in a dazzling range of color – and for a few bucks, your home can be perfectly on trend.