One of the driving forces moulding design trends this year is an urge for sustainability. According to the Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey, the focus this year seems to be on garden elements that save water.
The survey was taken from the answers of 803 landscape architects when questioned on the subject of the expected popularity of outdoor residential design elements. Across the board, there was mutual agreement that outdoor living spaces that were environmentally sustainable, reduced water costs and that were low in maintenance would be of the greatest demand.
With water issues hot on the lips of many communities right now, the focus on green infrastructure solutions is understandable. Not only are people seeking practical solutions however, they are also seeking for the most creative and appealing way to do this. The current market offers some very interesting concepts. Rather than having a big, cumbersome barrel by the side of the house, the market is leaning towards more visually sophisticated rain harvesting systems. For instance a fountain or a pond could also function as a rain harvesting system, replacing the clunky water systems more commonly seen.
The overall perspective on outdoor living space is experiencing a shift. Increasingly we are seeing a need for personalization in garden furnishing. The times of limited choice of materials and design are a thing of the past. People want to individualize their gardens just as much as their indoor living space. Hence, we see an increase in the use of composite materials, such as Esthec, which broaden the scale of customization hugely, allowing customers to match colour and pattern design.
Such composite materials are also easy to maintain, which leads us to another consistent theme of this year’s consumer market. Whilst people want an aesthetically pleasing, eco-sensitive garden, they are also desperate for it to be manageable. According to experts the response to this need will manifest in the form of selective planting; choosing plants that reflect the wants and needs of the homeowner. The need will also lead to a decrease in lawn space and an increase in decking space.
Within the decking industry, it seems that it may be the year of the curves. With the increased demand for stylized furnishing, gentle curves will replace stark squares and rectangles. The curves leave a space less clearly defined and can make a space feel larger than it is. There is also rising interest in multi-layered decking, with steps leading from one space to another. This again can help to make the garden seem larger and more spacious than it is.
So there you have it. The garden of 2016 will be comfortable, sophisticated and sustainable. To find out more about landscaping trends of 2016, click here.