4 great ways to elevate your outdoor space

In 2020 we all came to appreciate our outdoor living space that much more. If you’ve been looking around your garden or patio recently and feeling it deserves a facelift, here are some of the key outdoor furniture trends for 2021.

  1. Add a Fire Pit

Want an eye-catching and practical addition to your outdoor entertainment area?  Fire bowls and pits are going to be big news in 2021, as we increasingly gather outdoors, regardless of the season.  A sleek fire –bowl, such as the PureModern  Zen Concrete Fire Pit will guarantee a special ambiance, whether for a cozy family gathering on a winter’s evening or as the stunning centerpiece for a larger gathering.

  1. Raise your planting 

To upgrade your greenery, and give your outdoor space a more contemporary look, there’s no need to go to the expense of a major landscaping project.  Or, for that matter the back-breaking work of doing it all yourself.  

A great trend for 2021 is the use of raised beds. However, if you don’t have the space or the budget to create them, opt for large planters, of different shapes, sizes, and heights instead.   Place a spectacular mixture of plants in each one, combining heights, colors, and textures to create a dazzling effect.  There’s no need to stick to the expected:  plant wildflowers, grow vegetables, cacti – whatever captivates your interest.

Another advantage of planters, of course, is that you can re-locate and refresh planters endlessly to change the visuals. They’re even versatile enough to move indoors, bringing a natural ambiance to your interior, and giving you the possibility of over-wintering specimens which would die in a permanent raised bed.

  1. Take the indoors outdoors

Whereas in the past, outdoor furniture was typically confined to tables, chairs, and perhaps some more informal outdoor seating, 2021 will see the outdoors become as relaxed and cozy as the indoors as we start to enjoy the space all year round.  So, plump sofas and chairs, cushions, rugs, and warm throws will all become more evident, to help us stay warm while we chill. Candles, lamps, solar lights, and a variety of ambient lighting will add to the atmosphere. Shabby chic, or ethnic, or an eclectic mixture of styles, are all on-trend, as informality is the key.  

  1. Sustainable and welcoming

Elevating your outdoor space in 2021 shouldn’t only make it more welcoming for your human guests, the trend towards providing a haven for birds, wildlife, and insects continues.  Give yourself a break from moving, and let your grass grow longer. It will create a wonderful habitat for insects and small creatures. Install a birdbath and hanging feeders to attract birds. Plant flowers that attract bees and butterflies, such as lavender and oregano, which also have a beautiful scent. Hummingbirds are attracted to red flowers, bees, and butterflies to yellows, blues, and purples, so plant a dazzling mixture.  No matter how large or small your space, with a little forethought you can turn it into your own personal nature sanctuary. 

These are only four of the key trends, but we hope you’ll agree that the move to a less formal and more relaxing, natural atmosphere is something that we can all look forward to enjoying in 2021.