Outdoor living is bringing the way we live indoors outdoors. It’s about finding new ways to enhance our gardens and areas outside. Whether you want to relax or create a new space to entertain family or friends, if you’re ready for some inspiration we’re here to help. Bring your garden up to date with the latest styles and designs, as we reveal our top outdoor living picks for 2022:
The Outdoor Kitchen
As more of us want to enjoy healthy home cooked meals, we’ve seen an increase in interest for being able to cook outside and we predict this trend is set to continue. Outdoor kitchens are evolving to include not only traditional gas, charcoal or electric barbecues, but also new functional preparation areas, from outdoor sinks and refrigeration to pizza ovens.
With more staycations and holidays taking place in the UK, the ability to travel with a barbecue and cook in the great outdoors will be key for 2022. Ranges of compact, portable travel barbecues will be in demand. Look out for ones that are easy to carry and fold away for easy storage.
Dining & Lounging in the garden
Many lounge and dining sets for the garden would not look out of place in the home. Clean lines, edgy industrial styling and turn of the century design has influenced this trend which is set to continue well into 2022.
User friendly and fully flexible garden sets provide the ultimate in versatility. Consider a space saving set with an adjustable table. These provide the ability to set an outdoor table high for dining or low for lounging. Fully rotating outdoor chairs will make a debut for a more sociable experience outside.
Comfort and durability are key for 2022, but of equal importantance for many consumers is how garden furniture is made. An ethical ethos is set to stay and if you want to buy eco-friendly furniture, look out for garden sets made from sustainably sourced timber and recycled materials like Polywood (recycled plastic).
2022 style and design sees strong, rust-resistant aluminium frames with cooler colour tones of rattan weave, rope or fabrics. Look out for weatherproof fabrics like Olefin, Textilene, Sunbrella or Soltex, as well as new high performing coatings like Spraystone to make garden furniture last longer.
Heating & keeping cool outside
Keeping warm or cool at home especially with ever-changing British weather is important, and being outside is no different. In 2022 outdoor heating ranges will extend from traditional chimeneas and firepits to energy efficient patio heaters and firepit tables with some interesting and unique designs.
To bring warmth to your garden, take a look at garden lounge sets with integrated firepit tables. These will keep you warm and create a welcoming atmosphere for your guests. A firepit table also provides the opportunity to griddle food over a toasty glow. Or try a new style patio heater, like a floor standing or table lamp. It’s like bringing the indoors outdoors.
2022 sees innovation in parasols to keep you cool on a hot day. Impress guests with the latest in parasol design. Many include integrated LED lighting and bluetooth wireless speakers for that touch of luxury, as well as being practical.
Entertain in style
With the help of technology we are living smarter, with many devices being connected in the home and garden. If you enjoy entertaining and like to impress guests or you simply enjoy the latest tech, there’s plenty of innovative products to make outdoor living more enjoyable and easier. Use your smart phone or tablet to connect to a wireless parasol speaker to listen to your favourite tunes or use an app to monitor food whilst it cooks on the barbecue.
Holidaying at home is here to stay and even a small outdoor space can be transformed to help you entertain in style. Take a look at bar sets for 2022 and enjoy sipping a home-made cocktail with friends or family. Bar sets are ideal for entertaining and provide a great focal point for gardens. Look out for stylish all-weather bar sets that have integrated wine coolers – perfect for bringing a modern feel to any outdoor space.
Get your outside space ready for 2022 and beyond by shopping for the latest outdoor living trends and styles at Gates Garden Centre. Visit us in-store or shop online to find out more. We’re sure you’ll find the right high quality garden furniture and outdoor equipment to make your outdoor space perfect.