Trend Week: Making the Outdoors More Cozy

Yet another design trend predicted by Aafje Nijman is that we will generally want to get closer to nature.  Specifically, we are increasingly wanting to be IN nature when we observe  it.   While this is leading to an increased desire to be outdoors, she claims that we are not interested in losing the comforts of the indoors.  Creating greater outdoor comfort will lead to continued additions of fireplaces, stoves, and durable furniture that offers a cozy feeling both physically and visually. The lounge area is increasingly important and the time of uncomfortable folding chairs is over! Additionally,  in terms of flooring, cheap concrete tiles and other inexpensive hardscaping will be popular as outdoor carpets are beginning to be viewed as viable options for upgrading less attractive flooring.

outdoor rugs garden walls

In this image, outdoor rugs not only cover the floor but are being used as a wall covering as well.  What do you think? I haven’t seen too many rugs in the US that have enough style for me to want to have them in my garden at all, but maybe if I had some as cute as these I might consider it on the ground.  And I do like the idea of using patterned outdoor textiles to disguise a unsightly garden feature – I just need to find the right ones.


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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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  1. [email protected] on January 8, 2010 at 6:56 am

    I think it is fun…can change it on a whim, and needs ounds good to me!

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