2021 Outdoor Living Trends

Summer is finally here! And friend and family get togethers are bound to be plentiful now more than ever. If you’re thinking about doing a a backyard makeover to celebrate, now’s the time to get started. Here are five outdoor living trends to get you started:


1. Year-round Furniture

As the need for entertainment spaces is constant throughout the seasons, many are turning to furniture and decorations that are up to the task. Adding heat fixtures for colder temperatures, misters for summers, and so on can allow for more comfortable hours on the back porch. In addition, purchasing weather-resistant outdoor furniture will help them withstand year-round usage.


2. Compact Gardens

For apartment living and smaller backyards, compact foliage is important. Setting up an array of small potted plants will help breathe a little more life into the space and make for portable décor that can be change with the seasons. Not interested in constant plant care? Succulents are excellent decorative plants that are compact and easy to take care of, which would work well for this setup.


3. Privacy Structures

For those who want a little more privacy, there are sleek ways to secure your space while providing extra shade. There’s a variety of accent walls and partitions to blend into your space and match any style. To name a few, wall planters, privacy screens, and stone walls are all items that can add visual interest while reducing both noise and vision.


4. Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor barbecues are a staple to any backyard event, that much is for sure. Therefore, adding a small kitchen area to go with it will add more flair and make food preparation easier, without the need for multiple trips back inside. It could be as simple as adding some kitchen surfaces, or as complex as adding a sink and overhead fan. Either way, it’s a must-have, quality of life addition for any outdoor cook!


5. Herb & Veggie Gardens

Speaking of food preparation, more and more homeowners are going green with self-sustainable gardens. In recent years, composting has become a hot topic as the interest in habitat-friendly gardens has increased. These gardens consist of drip systems with rain sensors, using green mulch, and avoiding toxic chemicals that can harm wildlife. These efforts work together to make a visually appealing garden that will work as a miniature ecosystem for birds and pollinators alike.


No matter what your backyard living goals are this summer, I’m here for you! Feel free to give me a call at 480-355-8645 for any questions or concerns you have regarding your backyard living space. And, if you’re looking for an entirely new change altogether, check out our current listings!

About the Author
Gina McKinley
Gina is an Associate Broker with Gina McKinley Group LLC and the Team Leader for The Gina McKinley Group. She is dedicated to selling homes in Arizona and passionate about providing the ultimate customer service experience through her expertise in the field. The Gina McKinley Group has served the Scottsdale and Chandler real estate market for over 25 years.