Transforming your outdoor living space into an area you can enjoy is sometimes a big undertaking. But, it’s one that can be a lot of fun. You need to be sure that the space is functional for your needs, but that it’s also appealing to the eye.
Before you get started on your project, be sure you define your wishes. Some people want a large entertaining space where they can host gatherings without worrying about messes indoors. Others want a relaxing oasis where they can enjoy their time and unwind after work. Some may only want a space that has good curb appeal because they want to sell the home.
If you’re considering making some changes to your home’s exterior in 2022, be sure you consider these trends.
Contrasting Color Choices
Exterior home colors are taking a darker tone this year. Primary paint colors like deep navy or even black are common. Accenting those with lighter colors is popular. Matte finishes on these exterior paint jobs are also very popular this year, especially with darker paints.
Some homeowners are even choosing to put bright roofs on their homes. This gives the house a pop of color in a very unexpected place. For example, a red roof on a navy blue house that has white trim with a red front door is all the rage this year.
Retractable Shades and Screens
The pull to retractable shades and screens is simple. They add an extra layer of depth to the exterior home that comes with a valuable purpose. These shades can keep the sun’s harsh rays out of the home during the summer. They can help to keep heat in the home in the winter.
Some shades simply block the sun while allowing you to still see what’s going on outside. These screen mesh shades come in a variety of colors. Once you put these on the exterior of the home, you can sit inside and enjoy the beauty around your home from the comfort of indoors.
Retractable shades are a hugely popular selling point for Austin homes this year. Buyers appreciate the ease of raising and lowering these shades. They enjoy the privacy and comfort they bring to the home. Since many buyers are looking for natural lighting, retractable shades enable them to get this by simply raising the shade during the day.
Shaded & Dry Entertainment Areas
Decks and patios are extremely popular this year. One difference this year is that many people don’t want these spaces wide open. They want outdoor shades that can block the sun’s harsh rays when necessary and an under deck drainage system to keep the area dry for use in wet weather. Using a cable-guided system enables you to raise and lower the shades around the space so you can block the sun or even get a little privacy from your neighbors.
These outdoor shades come in various colors, so you can choose the one that goes with your exterior décor. This provides a cohesive appearance that improves the curb appeal of the home.
Functional Outdoor Entertainment Spaces
The backyard is becoming a popular place to hang out with friends and loved ones. With this in mind, the functionality of the outdoor living space is starting to trump the appearance of it.
Think about what types of entertaining you want to do. For example, an outdoor kitchen might be ideal if you want to host dinner parties on your back deck. You might even add a stone pizza oven to the area.
As you’re thinking about this area, be sure to consider the pathways around the yard. Stone pavers and freestanding lanterns are trending this year. Some homeowners are using pea gravel to fill in between stone pavers that are placed 6 to 8 inches apart on the walkway.
Write Out Your Plan
These trending points should be a good starting point for you to decide the changes that you want to make to your Texas home’s exterior. It can sometimes be overwhelming to try to put it all together.
Write out your plan for the exterior of your home. Consider having a 3-D model made or a sketch drawn so you can see what it will look like. Once you know exactly what you want, you can find the professionals to come in and make it a reality. The Shading Company of Austin designs and installs shade products for patios, porches and decks in Austin, Texas and surrounding areas. Please contact us today to get your questions answered and for a free estimate on revolutionizing your outdoor space.