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Hot Outdoor Design Trends For Summer 2014

When it comes to home design, the focus is often on the indoors. We are always worried about what color to pick for the living room, which theme to use for the bedroom and how to design that perfect kitchen island. But with Memorial Day heralding the beginning of summer here in the US, it is time to think just beyond the four walls of the house for the next three months. Summer is all about spending some time outside, and while we took a look at giving the interior a summer style last weekend, now is the time to revamp the outdoors.

City penthouse with a rooftop hot tub that promises stunning views

So why not take inspiration from the hottest and most celebrated outdoor design trends of summer 2014? From transforming those weary old lawns to giving your beautiful backyard that brilliant focal point, here is a look at how you can make the most of the outdoors this summer while you lazily wane away some warm evenings next to the pool!

1. An Outdoor Hot Tub

A lot of people jump to the misplaced conclusion that since summer is a time of warmth and sunshine, a hot tub is an unnecessary addition. But the modern hot tub, with its amazing array of features, hydrotherapy, pressure point treatments and whirlpools, offers much more than just a tub of hot water! No matter what the season, the hot tub is a perfect way to relax and rejuvenate after a long, hard day. And a hot tub in the backyard or on the deck complements the lovely weather outside by adding to the ambiance. Not to mention, it will serve you well even beyond the next few months.

An outdoor space with hot tub that truly epitomizes the spirit of summer!

by Techo-Bloc

Create a comfortable lounge next to the outdoor hot tub

by Brandon Architects

Natural canopy offers ample privacy as you take a dip here!

by Projects by Giffin & Crane

Rooftop patio with a hot tub and a wooden deck offers stunning views of Toronto skyline

by Wanda Ely Architect

A fabulous outdoor space promises a soothing dip in the hot tub by the pool

by CDI: Choice Designs

2. Casual Decor with Pops of Color

Summer is a time for that relaxed, holiday-like vibe even at home. One of the hottest trends making the rounds is the use of casual and playful outdoor decor with pops of vibrant color to enliven the place. The outdoor decor this summer needs to be visually light, engaging and almost nonchalant. Comfortable outdoor beds, some snazzy hanging day beds or even sleek poolside chaise lounge chairs will serve you just fine. While various shades of blue and white are the preferred hues, think of orange and yellow as smart accent additions.

A hint of tangy orange for your small outdoor deck this summer

A relaxed and fun pool space

Rustic patio adds some color to your summer fun!

by Linden L.A.N.D. Group

Contemporary deck with colorful decor

by Henarise Pty

Colorful decor additions and the hammock add a hint of playfulness to the porch

by Phi Home Designs

3. The Flowing Energy of Water!

The ancient art of Feng Shui states that your home and the garden must present a delicate balance of elements. Even if you are not a big fan of Feng Shui, take the tip, as it might land you with a truly amazing backyard! Incorporating a flowing water feature as a part of the outdoors is gaining popularity by the day. This could be a breathtaking waterfall feature along with the pool, or simply a small fountain that fits your budgetary needs. In summer 2014, think beyond the refreshing pool. Be it Japanese-inspired Koi ponds or stunning and still reflecting pools, make sure you add some fluid magic to the backyard.

A simple and small water feature for the contemporary patio

by Chipper Hatter Architectural Photographer

Use rain water to create a waterfall feature in the garden

by Castanes Architects

A natural water feature and a pond to create a stunning and soothing landscape

by Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design

Sleek and stylish water feature for the modern pool

by Estate Pools & Landscapes

Expansive, multi-level patio with waterfalls and pool

4. Indoor-Outdoor Interplay

When it comes to modern outdoor spaces, the most prominent feature is the way they seem to act as natural extensions of the living area. This is a trend that will continue through the summer of 2014 and well beyond. Design and decorate the outdoors to complement the indoors in a seamless fashion. The use of a similar color scheme in terms of the furnishings always helps. You can even use the same wood indoors as you do for the deck to induce a sense of visual continuity. Sliding and foldable glass doors, large glass windows and glass walls with operable blinds offer that ideal, unhindered interface between both worlds.

Sliding glass doors connect the interior with the world outside

by Globus Builder

Stackable folding doors connect the interior with outside yard

The outdoor space is a natural extension of the interior

by Michael Kelley Photography

Private backyard connected to the living room

by Koch Architects, Joanne Koch

Modern patio that is seamlessly connected with the indoors

by Caputo Construction

5. Lighting that Steals the Show

Outdoor lighting is taking off in 2014 like never before! And this summer is the perfect time to give it a very different twist. Instead of the conventional string and recessed lights, opt for beautiful candle lanterns and colorful LED accent lighting to define the outdoors. For those who are looking to move away from the contemporary style, outdoor fire pits combined with Tiki torches offer an exciting and exotic alternative. Think of outdoor lighting from an aesthetic perspective this season, and if you have a spacious and lovely front yard, use the right lighting to announce it to the world in a dazzling manner!

Lighting of the rooftop garden seems to be inspired by Tron!

Underlit outdoor deck for the terrace looks good even during the daytime

by Harold Leidner Landscape Architects

Beautiful and playful Clover Indoor-Outdoor Lamp for the summer lounge

by from BySteel

Using colorful LED lighting to create a snazzy outdoor space

by Land & Water Design

Tiki torches and an outdoor Jacuzzi for an exceptional tropical porch

by Utopia Landscape Design

Mesmerizing hues of the sandblasted glass panels and the firepit create a romantic setting

by Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

Innovative lighting idea for the small outdoor patio

by Digs By Katie – Katie Leede & Company

6. Sustainability along with Style

Natural materials and textures are a custom fit for the cool summer evenings. With both homeowners and designers turning toward sustainable decor and design practices, the clear trend in outdoor design is to ‘go natural’. Replace that plastic furniture in the courtyard with a sofa set and some chairs made out of wicker and bamboo. You can even use simple stone benches and some throw pillows to achieve an unassuming yet fashionable look. Small herb gardens, a vegetable and flower garden. and plants that are drought-tolerant ensure that your garden is both hip and planet-friendly.

A vegetable and flower garden idea for the summer

Findng innovative solutions for the urban garden

Gorgeous landscape elevates the appeal of the house

by Doering Landscape Company

Porch furniture made out of natural materials

As you will notice, embracing most of these trends will serve you well in creating a stunning outdoor space that you will enjoy beyond just a season or two. So, are you ready to give your home a major face-lift this summer?

Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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