2017 is shaping up to an amazing year. You have probably seen some of the “Top Trends of 2017” lists floating around on the internet. Since we like to think we are somewhat trendy people, I have complied a list below of what we think will be popular in 2017 in the landscaping industry.
Greenery is not what you think. This does NOT refer your Grandmother’s fake plastic plants that have been sitting high up on a shelf and haven’t been dusted in 15 years. Greenery is the 2017 Pantone color of the year. Now you are probably thinking, “plants are green already, how in the world is this a trend?” Greens of varying textures and shades are being installed in gardens to pop and stand out next to very dark almost black buildings and homes (also a trend) with no other color in sight. Greenery is fresh, and calm. We are also seeing greenery paired with natural elements like rope, wood tones, gray stones, and natural cream colors.
Surprise! Copper and brass are back. What is that old saying? “What goes around comes around.” There is just one catch. It’s not overly shiny! So it’s not all bad. You may have seen designers on Houzz and Pinterest adding matte brass fixtures to faucets, handles on cabinets, and light fixtures in kitchens, and bathrooms inside the home. Since the lines are blurred these days between inside and outside living, we are seeing those tones come outside in the form of furniture accents, accessories, and lighting. Rose and matte gold are still very popular as well.
If you are like me, this is a new word but not a new concept. Hygge is best defined as, “A Danish concept that is all about creating an atmosphere of coziness by embracing the simple pleasures of life.” Hygge is also meant to promote well being. How does this translate to landscaping? Think of your outdoor living space. Spaces with quiet colors, accents, furnishings, and table settings where you gather with friends to enjoy a simple but satisfying meal. I love this hygge concept! We are so hectic in our lives running between here and there and everywhere. Slowing down for a minute to take a breath and appreciate your surroundings and favorite people without trying to go over the top is a concept we all need to focus on more. It may be as simple as having your coffee outside in the morning on your deck, or a glass of wine at the end of the day on the patio. It doesn’t have to always be fancy. Just get outside!!!
While we are on the subject of outdoor living spaces, hardscaping is a trend is not going away anytime soon, and we couldn’t be more pleased. But don’t forget, we are trend setters. Most reputable landscaping and hardscaping companies these days build patios and pergolas for their clients. How do we set ourselves apart? Materials my friends. As an Authorized Belgard Contractor we install some of the most cutting edge and quality products on the market right now from Belgard. Their concrete pavers are pretty superior, but the Mirage porcelain tile line is downright amazing. It comes in a wide variety of patterns and textures that can be used both indoors and out. Want the look of travertine or slate to hold up during our freeze thaw cycles here in Colorado? Or want to capture the rustic look of reclaimed barnwood? Mirage has options for all of those materials. You might be wondering how the Mirage tile is different from the wood look tile you see on the shelves at the big box stores? Mirage is not only impermeable to stains, oil, and grease, it can withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures. The tile can be used on a horizontal application or a vertical one, and comes in a wide variety of patterns that aren’t as likely to be repeated. While concrete pavers will always reign supreme in the world of hardscaping, Mirage is quickly making a name for itself.
I’m not talking about the creaky old play set you spent way too much on when your kids were little. I am talking about dedicated areas for playing games. Basketball hoops are making their way out of driveways and onto sport courts located in side and backyards. Regulation courts for playing bocce ball, and horse shoe pits are also being incorporated into the landscaping like a patio or landscape bed would be. People are also taking the games they love playing outside at their favorite restaurant or microbrewery and are bringing them into their own backyard. Games like washers, and corn hole can be played without taking up too much space. Entertaining on the patio and backyard games go together like hotdogs and hamburgers.
We are super excited for the 2017 season. If you would like help designing and building an outdoor living space you will love, let us know. We can’t wait to meet you.