The Latest 10 Trends In Outdoor Living

March is here, and we cannot withhold our excitement any longer. Before you know it, we’ll be enjoying leisure time by the pool, magical summer evenings, family gatherings around the large outdoor dining table, and many, many precious memories to come.

March is here, and we cannot withhold our excitement any longer.
March is here, and we cannot withhold our excitement any longer.

When it comes to summer magic, we always talk about fantastic outdoor spaces. Take a breath, enjoy every amazing photograph, and learn more about the 10 latest outdoor design trends on the rise today – from al fresco kitchens and magical outdoor lighting to the rise of work-from-home outdoor spaces and more!

Here are the 10 trends we’ll be discussing today:

  1. Alfresco kitchens
  2. Outdoor living rooms
  3. Say Hello to Viva Magenta
  4. Moody Outdoor Lighting
  5. Native plantings
  6. Minimalist design
  7. Luxe Materials
  8. Modular Design
  9. Work-From-Home Outdoor Spaces
  10. Mediterranean-Inspired Landscaping

Let’s dive right in!

1. Alfresco kitchens

Outdoor living spaces are becoming increasingly popular, with al fresco kitchens making no exception.

We love escaping from the kitchen and cooking healthier meals, all while socializing and bonding with friends and family.

Alfresco kitchens, the dream of every cooking passionate
Alfresco kitchens, the dream of every cooking passionate

Our clients agree – there’s nothing better than building your own alfresco kitchen in the incredible Mediterranean scenery.

Enjoy majestic nature as your restaurant design and a 1,000-star view at night while dining outside!

2. Outdoor living rooms

We love investing in art, but let’s face it: having the Mediterranean sea as a view is the ultimate luxury. A major 2023 trend is first investing in a gorgeous property by the sea and then creating an outdoor living space soaking up that view.

Simple, yet highly effective. A picture is worth 1,000 words, so why keep mumbling about it when we can just show you?

Here is an outdoor reading space that we created in one of our recent custom projects
Here is an outdoor reading space that we created in one of our recent custom projects
Turning the view into the best wall art
Turning the view into the best wall art

3. Say Hello to Viva Magenta

Can you incorporate the 2023 Pantone Color of the Year into your outdoor design project? Of course you can.

As in previous years, the color announced by Pantone is influential in fashion, design, and art, being glimpsed in various products and industries. Garment designers have already incorporated 2023’s most desirable color into their runway shows.

Bottega Veneta has incorporated Viva Magenta into its FW23 runway show from 2 days ago
Bottega Veneta has incorporated Viva Magenta into its FW23 runway show from 2 days ago

Viva Magenta is not a color widely used in outdoor furniture pieces and decoration, but designer Tord Boontje is keeping up with the trends by recreating his iconic O-Nest in the shade of the year.

Designer Tord Boontje is keeping up with the trends by recreating his iconic O-Nest in the shade of the year
Designer Tord Boontje is keeping up with the trends by recreating his iconic O-Nest in the shade of the year

You can find the O-Nest here in a variety of colors.

4. Moody Outdoor Lighting

2023 is all about enjoying a cozy summer night outdoors, so we warmly embrace this trend!

Warm, soft lighting immediately creates a relaxed and inviting atmosphere perfect for outdoor gatherings and entertaining. It also highlights the natural beauty of outdoor surroundings, such as trees, rocks, and water features.

Summer nights become magical under the right outdoor lighting
Summer nights become magical under the right outdoor lighting

A subtle and naturalistic lighting design often brings out the best in your outdoor space!

5. Native plantings

Eco-friendly gardens are becoming a thing in 2023. We can no longer build paradisiac landscapes without considering sustainability, so using indigenous plants and buying environmentally friendly materials is a must.

Luckily for us, the Mediterranean flora spoils us with a lavish banquet of options when choosing your outdoor scenery.

Our customers often opt for lavender, olive trees and other Mediterranean plants in their gardens
Our customers often opt for lavender, olive trees, and other Mediterranean plants in their gardens

6. Minimalist design

Clean lines, simple shapes, and a focus on functionality – minimalism design extends its reign to the outdoors. It prioritizes clarity and simplicity, which can be refreshing in a world that is often chaotic and cluttered.

When all the unnecessary elements are gone, you can finally focus on what’s most important – the view just in front of your eyes. With breathtaking sights such as the ones on the Mediterranean sea, you don’t need much to be in awe of your surroundings.

Minimalism prioritizes clarity and simplicity, which can be refreshing in a world that is often chaotic and cluttered.
Minimalism prioritizes clarity and simplicity, which can be refreshing in a world that is often chaotic and cluttered.

7. Luxe Materials

2023 brings precious materials to the table (literally). Plastic and rattan have been just fine for a while, but now we’re excited to see crystal glasses, gorgeous table settings, copper vases, and stone sculptures.

Sumptuous Mediterranean gardens are also nicely complimented by furniture made with luxurious and eye-catching materials.

We’re excited to enjoy crystal glasses, gorgeous table settings, copper vases, and stone sculptures in the outdoor space, too
We’re excited to enjoy crystal glasses, gorgeous table settings, copper vases, and stone sculptures in the outdoor space, too

8. Modular Design

When it comes to garden furniture, we also like it modular. Here’s why:

  • It’s great for entertaining: it can be rearranged and reconfigured to suit different needs and occasions. This makes it ideal for outdoor spaces that are used for dining, lounging, and entertaining!
  • You can easily store it during winter, as it can be easily stacked and stored, freeing up valuable outdoor space.
  • It fits just right: it’s easier to customize the furniture to fit your outdoor space’s specific dimensions and style.

And it doesn’t look too shabby, either! Here are a few modular furniture designs that we’ve fallen in love with:

An Italian modular couch ideal for outdoor spaces
An Italian modular couch ideal for outdoor spaces
Another modular piece that's perfect for entertaining
Another modular piece that’s perfect for entertaining

9. Work-From-Home Outdoor Spaces

In 2023 we focus more on mental health and wellbeing, and spending time in nature and fresh air is a great predictor of your level of stress. With more people working from home, creating outdoor workspaces provides an opportunity to break up the monotony of being indoors and boost overall wellbeing.

You can take advantage of good weather or natural light while enjoying increased creativity and productivity.

In 2023 we focus more on mental health and wellbeing, and spending time in nature and fresh air is a great predictor of your level of stress
In 2023 we focus more on mental health and wellbeing, and spending time in nature and fresh air is a great predictor of your level of stress

10. Mediterranean-Inspired Landscaping

Do you know the best part of owning a villa by the Mediterranean sea? You can easily incorporate this 2023 trend in your garden!

Orange trees are common in Spain
Orange trees are common in Spain

Mediterranean-inspired landscaping typically features a range of colorful plants and flowers, such as lavender, rosemary, and bougainvillea. This creates a vibrant and lively outdoor environment that can be enjoyed year-round.

Other elements, such as fountains, water features, and outdoor seating areas, are incorporated into Mediterranean landscapes to create a relaxing and tranquil environment.

It’s timeless, it’s classic, and it’s primarily based on simple, natural beauty. What’s there NOT to love about Mediterranean living spaces?

Lavender and terracotta pots - it doesn't get any more Mediterranean than this!
Lavender and terracotta pots – it doesn’t get any more Mediterranean than this!

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