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5 Outdoor Living Trends for Summer ‘22

Updated: May 17, 2022

Whether you have a sprawling backyard, a cozy front porch, or a sliver of a balcony, now is the time to get these spaces ready for summer! But remember, there’s more to creating an outdoor kitchen than just buying a grill and a set of patio furniture. Materials matter in this space even more than they do indoors, as they need to withstand the sun, rain, wind, and anything else that might come your way.

Tap into the full potential of your outdoor living spaces with five inspiring trends for 2022.

1 - Weatherproof Cabinets

Contempo Arctic Slate - NatureKast Weatherproof Cabinetry

With outdoor kitchens on the rise, so are new weatherproof options for cabinetry. We’ve brought in a new line called NatureKast. They have revolutionized the industry with 100% weatherproof cabinetry, panels, trim and more with the look and feel of real cypress or teak in a variety of stains, paint colors or weathered finishes.

Shaker Weathered Graphite - NatureKast Weatherproof Cabinetry

These weatherproof cabinets have been designed to perfectly complement the award-winning Galley Workstation. Innovative cabinets are available for most of the big names in outdoor grills, cooktops, sinks and appliances.

Louver Silver Birch - NatureKast Weatherproof Cabinetry

Discover unlimited design options for your outdoor kitchen area along with the widest range of outdoor TV cabinets, decorative molded elements and full-access appliance cabinets. Featuring a limited lifetime warranty.

2 - Dekton and Caesarstone Outdoor Countertops

An outdoor kitchen is a great way to further enhance your ability to be a great party host! You’ll need plenty of countertop space for preparing and serving food, and maybe a place for dining and relaxing. The market is filled with great countertops options, but here are some materials you may not be as familiar with that are made to withstand the elements.

Dekton by Cosentino

Dekton, made from a proprietary blend of natural quartz stone, porcelain, and glass, is fire and fade proof plus scratch and stain resistant, which is perfect for outdoor kitchen countertops, exterior flooring and wall facades. Dekton has 40+ designs available. The palette overall tends to be earthy, metallic, and neutrals.

Dekton countertops are a product of Cosentino, a private Spanish company that produces decorative and architectural surfaces like Silestone quartz countertops, distributing them worldwide.

Benefits of Dekton

  • Heat Proof: Not many countertop materials can boast being heat-proof. Most are just heat-resistant. But with Dekton countertops, you can basically light them on fire as they’re tolerant to even the most extreme hot temperatures. You can even create induction cooking with Dekton for a super sleek design.

  • Extremely durable: Whack them, slice on them, light them on fire, Dekton will not stain, fade and are highly resistant to cracking.

  • Large in size: Dekton countertops are sold in quite large slabs: 320cm x 144cm (~ 126” x 56”). This means that they are generally large enough to cover the entirety of your countertop area without requiring a seam. The result is a sleeker and cleaner look.

Solaris Collection by Caesarstone

Usually quartz in not recommended in direct sunlight, but Caesarstone recently launched their Solaris Collection; designed, innovated and tested to withstand the sun's rays and the most extreme environmental conditions over the long term. It comes in three designs to complement your outdoor living space decor.

Benefits of Solaris Quartz

  • Withstands UV rays and long term weather conditions

  • Non-porous

  • Stain resistant and easy to clean

  • Heat and scratch resistant

  • Hygienic

  • Easy to install

3 - Porcelain Pavers

Used for pathways, porch/patio flooring, fireplace facades or pool decking, porcelain pavers are UV, stain, fire, slip and freeze/thaw resistant. They are a perfect option for outdoor surfaces that will survive all types of weather. Available in a large variety of looks, shapes and sizes.

Porcelain pavers are chameleons that can mimic natural materials like wood and stone, all without cutting down a tree or digging in a quarry. Even better, porcelain pavers are tough, standing up to water and scratches that could wreak havoc on hardwood or granite flooring.

Five reasons to fall in love with porcelain pavers for indoor and outdoor spaces:

  1. Porcelain pavers are made from an unlimited supply of kiln-fired clay, and are a “green” alternative to exotic hardwoods.

  2. Porcelain is more durable than wood, it's non-porous and easy to clearn

  3. Porcelain doesn't need to be sealed

  4. The pavers are fade resistant

  5. Available in a variety of looks and sizes to suit your tastes

4 - Outdoor Area Rugs

With a large, exteriors-grade rug nestled around your outdoor table or seating, find comfort underfoot for celebrations and meals alfresco. Rugs help pull together a cohesive design scheme.

CFM can order pre-made area rugs directly from any of our manufacturers or have a piece of carpet custom made into an area rug in any size and binding of your choice. Either way you go, you can trust the quality and construction you'll get with an area rug from us.

Reach out to us to get started with an order for an area rug

5 - Bright and Bold Patterns

Patterned tiles tend to be a decorative detail we might consider for an interior space – a feature floor, a tabletop or a dramatic shower or splashback. But, increasingly, we’re seeing designers and homeowners take this look outside, as our gardens, courtyards, patios and balconies become extensions of our homes – another room, effectively.

Your outdoor kitchen backsplash, patio and walls are the perfect canvases to make a bold statement with patterns. Ceramic, porcelain, and glass tiles are sturdy, waterproof materials, perfect for outdoor applications. And they have so many colors, shapes, sizes, designs, and textures.

Start your outdoor living designs by browsing our website or coming into one of our 17 locations.

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