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2024 Trends in Outdoor Designs

by ShadeScapes Staff | Feb 12, 2024 8:55:52 AM

Saying that trends change like the weather would be an understatement. What does this mean for exterior design? Every year, predictions for the upcoming year’s trends for outdoor design touch on everything from lighting to greenery and yes, even shade. 

Even popular, current trends may be primed to phase out — such as creating outdoor spaces for relaxation which may soon be replaced with those created for entertainment. Regardless, there are a few anticipated design trends for 2024 that stand out. 

To meet the demand for exquisite creativity and sought-after designs, it’s time to review the anticipated trends in outdoor design for 2024. 


2024 Outdoor Design Trends We Love

Personalized and multi-functional outdoor areas

Southern Living predicts that customization for outdoor areas will grow in popularity, and we couldn’t agree more. Personal touches such as incorporating a sound system and outdoor fireplace can create a unique, practical, and welcoming environment for your friends and family gatherings as well as for outdoor events and parties. To further the practicality of customized outdoor spaces, you’ll likely see an increase in demand for alfresco kitchens and modular furniture. 


Alfresco kitchens

An alfresco kitchen allows the party host to spend more time with their guests while preparing delicious meals for exquisite outdoor dining experiences. To create intimate spaces that accentuate your alfresco kitchen, consider a high-end cabana to facilitate dining and entertaining by extending the indoors to the exterior of the home through elegant architecture and adaptable curtains. 


Modular or multi-functional furniture

As a part of the trend for personalization, modular or multi-functional furniture provides a customized way to uplift even smaller outdoor spaces. The options for modular furniture are practically limitless, from an exquisite sun bed that can be reconfigured into a comfortable couch to grand dining tables that can be broken down to create multiple two-seater tables. 

If you’re looking for tailor-made ideas with multiple benefits, consider multi-purpose chairs that are elegant enough for outdoor dining and comfortable enough for home office use.


Intentional colors and textures

Although pops of color and a variety of textures often bring creative joy, a more minimalistic approach is also trending — as long as every piece of the design puzzle fits into place with perfect intent.



2024’s anticipated growth in the use of bright colors for unusual aspects, such as siding trim, practically demands complementary color pops throughout the exterior. From colorful potted plants to striking chairs and tables, your imagination is free to play with vibrant colors for inspiring and innovative design. 

Keep in mind that earth tones are also on the rise, so you’ll want to be sure of personal preferences so you can create an outdoor oasis of beautifully blended hues. Incorporating this trend can be as simple as choosing the perfect shade solution.



Incorporating textures into your exterior design is nothing new, but going into 2024 be careful not to overdo it. Mixing natural materials with intentional color scheming creates a cohesive outdoor environment. You can also use a callout feature with something else in the space or pull from the interior since this is also a trend. Texture doesn’t always have to be about fabric type. Playing with geometric shapes and eccentric lines can transform an ordinary piece into a showstopper. 


Designer patio umbrellas

Over the years, more and more spaces are incorporating quality investments over immediate, cheaper solutions — in 2024, this concept is likely to come to fruition as a formal trend in outdoor pieces. We expect that conversations regarding exterior design will revolve around long-term, high-end solutions rather than fast-to-finish items. Plus, high-end options can actually increase the value of a home — a win-win situation. 


Cantilever umbrellas will still be the favorite

When designer umbrellas come to mind, it can be challenging to select the ideal choice for the space. Of all the umbrella options, cantilever umbrellas can act as a practical yet elegant touch that meet the need for both a high-end and trendy shade solution. Many cantilever options can also move with the sun to provide practical shade throughout the day. 

Not just strikingly beautiful, they are also designed for full canopy use since the base and pole are offset. This makes cantilever umbrellas the perfect designer solution for smaller outdoor dining areas, pools, and more. 


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