Outdoor is the new indoor: what’s trending in outdoor design for 2020


2019 is about to come to an end and I don’t like to be caught unprepared. So that’s why I have done some research to identify new trends in outdoor design for 2020, all of which revolve around the concept of: outdoor is the new indoor.

The trends that I am about to tell you about, along with many other inspirational things, will go onto a moodboard that I will be presenting for the first time at the Domotex fair in Hannover. First things first though, here I will reveal all the outdoor trends (for 2020) and then after I will reveal my moodboard. For a preview, check out the Domotex website.

Back to us now, there’s a popular trend that has come to the fore during the course of 2019 which seems to promise us that it will continue on into the new year of 2020: I’m talking about the tendency to make outdoor space more and more similar to indoor space.

But what exactly does this mean?  Simple, we are recreating in the outside space, a real living space, perfectly designed to bring us the same conviviality, comfort and functionality that we have in our inside living spaces.
And so, with this in mind, we are talking about upholstery, carpets, tables, decorative accessories, plants and all the things necessary to create our outdoor living space.

Photo credits: serenaandlily.com

The next up and coming trend speaks about another inside space that we will move to the outside. The kitchen, which will follow the trend and we will have a small outside kitchen area. Obviously the space will be smaller in comparison to that which we have inside, but the trend is in the future to create an external space in which we can cook: there will be space for a worktop, the oven and a dining area.

High top tables –  bar/restaurant style counters – are the elements that suit this space best, especially when you may need to consider limited spaces.

As the designer Linda Fennessy says, counter tops that face the kitchen allow us to stay in company whilst we cook and eat, giving us the feeling of being in a restaurant or lounge bar inside our own home, or better still, outside!

Photo credits: contemporist.com
Photo credits: contemporist.com, pinterest.com

Obviously, this “bringing the internal ambiance of our house to the outside” then means we must pay particular attention to the material we choose. It may seem obvious to mention this, but it’s always best to repeat: outside we have to consider the climatic conditions. Furniture will be exposed to conditions decidedly more hostile that internal furniture. 

For this exact reason, when choosing material for the outside environment we must keep in mind these minimum requirements: impermeable, resistant to humidity and temperature changes.

However, let me give you a tip, there is a good way to get around this, at least a bit- damage limitation: I am referring to the possibility of having a covered or partially covered outside space.

Another trend will be to mix outdoor materials. Referring to the structure, such as flooring, roofing and walls that surround our outside space, we will be able to mix many material types.

The most popular mix? Wood and cement with a touch of metal. Also in this case, it is a trend that is transcribed from the internal world. A popular trend  from the autumn and winter of this year 2019 has been the japonordic style which whilst being minimalist, it brings the meeting of wood and cement together.

Photo credits: houzz.com

As for the stylistic and decorative side of our outdoor space, over the coming months we will see a wide use of stripes, which come in contrasting colours, and also in a version that gets its inspiration from the Amalfi Coast with its black-white colour combination.

Lighting will not only be functional but it will take on the task of being decorative, making the outdoor space magical. It’s sure that the designer led lamps, bulbs and strips, positioned carefully will create an ambient full of atmosphere and intrigue.

Photo credits: cb2.ca

To finish, would you like to know a timeless element that will never go out of fashion and is not affected by seasonal trends over time? The bioethanol fireplace, beautiful, useful and completely contemporary. Here we have an object that is particularly aesthetic: the flame exerts an ancestral charm over us!

In short, if you don’t have one yet, then you absolutely have to get one!

Photo credits: antoniolupi.it

And you, what do you think? Do you have an outdoor space that you would like to furnish? Which of these trends inspire you the most? What ideas come to your mind? Let me know, you can write below in the comments or you can send me an email to camilla@camillabellini.com.



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