2023 Outdoor Living Trends

Posted 11 November 2022 3:28 PM by Michelle Hendricks

Outdoor spaces are becoming very popular as people spend more time at home to relax and work remotely. Being outside is therapeutic for most and taking on a new project in your backyard is a great way to spend more time outdoors while creating an environment you and your loved ones can enjoy. With insight from leaders in the outdoor living industry, we’re sharing four up-and-coming trends that will allow you to get the most out of your outdoor space now and in the years to come.

Cabin-style house with deck Outdoor pool with deck overlooking the mountains
Photos courtesy of California Deck Pros

Natural Neutrals - Imagine the Ultimate Outdoor Escape
A major point of inspiration for outdoor living and design is pulling directly from the natural environments where the spaces are built. According to our panel of experts, adding elements that provide a sense of serenity is ideal. This can be seen in the form of organic textures, wood elements and warm neutrals. Deckorators Voyage Decking is a great way to tie in that custom wood-floor look outdoors. A more serene escape is created by integrating the outdoor space with its surroundings.

Composite decking with fireplace Covered outdoor living space with with lighting
Photos courtesy of Constructive Design Group & Premier Outdoor Living

365 Living - Flexible All-season Solutions
How you utilize your outdoor space matters. Making the shift from solely using your outdoor space for the rare outdoor BBQ or get-together to everyday use is becoming the norm. A drive toward 365 outdoor living means incorporating features which serve vital functions throughout the seasons. Consider shade structures for summertime’s mid-day sun, fire features or heaters for when temperatures dip in the evenings and cooler seasons and, of course, well-integrated lighting.

Outdoor bar made with composite decking with built-in storage for drinks Outdoor kitchen with privacy wall made with Deckorators composite decking
Photos courtesy of Premier Outdoor Living & Unique Deck Builders

Dreaming Bigger - Outdoor Living Maximization
Now more than ever, the demand for custom amenities and features throughout outdoor spaces is growing. If you're looking to add livable value to your outdoor space, try incorporating integrated storage, built-in ice coolers, designated entertainment areas or full outdoor kitchens. Function should be a top priority and will determine the size and layout early on in the building process. Having multiple zones where the layout can be broken out by function is optimal. For example, one area could be designated for cooking and preparation, while other areas can be designated for conversation and gathering with multiple seating options. Accent walls are a great way to provide hidden storage and act as entertainment centers, fitted with outdoor televisions and sound systems.

Outdoor living space with furniture and designated rooms on the deck Dock on the water made with Deckorators composite decking
Photos courtesy of Mercury Decks and Dock & Deck

Total Look - Thinking Big Picture with Materials
For 2023, our panelists predict a stronger focus on holistic outdoor living. Aim for a cohesive aesthetic throughout your outdoor space - one that is functional, multi-purpose and flows naturally into the surrounding environment. The goal is to have individual spaces flow organically together, like an open floor plan in a home’s main living area. When it comes to material choices, low-maintenance materials like weather-resistant fabrics, turf and composite decking are ideal, as there are more design options available than ever before.

As we step into the new year, we look forward to helping you create an outdoor space that is as functional as it is beautiful. Start designing today!

Deckorators Certified Pros & Industry Experts:

Blake Carter | California Deck Pros - San Diego, CA
Sean Collinsgru | Premier Outdoor Living - Southern NJ 
Jason Varney | Dock & Deck - Knoxville, TN
Catherine Lippincott | Premier Outdoor Living - Southern NJ