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A Guide To The Best Outdoor Design Trends Of 2020

Whether you have several acres and a pool or just a downtown balcony, here are the most popular outdoor design trends for 2020.

As we transition into summer amidst a pandemic, spending time outdoors becomes more important. Although stay at home orders have been lifted in many states, there are still restrictions in some locations. Plenty of people remain cautious and are still practicing social distancing to various degrees.  

After a grueling winter and spring, people are looking forward to being outside this summer. So there’s more pressure than ever to create a resort-like space in our own backyards.

Glass Pool Fencing

Pool fencing and aesthetically pleasing rarely belong in the same sentence, but a glass pool fence is different. This has many advantages over traditional pool fencing. Unlike other materials, glass provides an unobstructed view and won’t detract from landscaping or other architectural features. This can even increase property value, making it a smart investment. 

Glass is also a better choice for safety than standard pool fencing. It’s far easier for homeowners to keep an eye on children and pets through glass. It also discourages intruders and animals from getting into the pool area because glass cannot be climbed.

Outdoor Bars

At the end of April, Wayfair Professional released a report sharing data and search trends which revealed what their customers were looking to buy for the upcoming season. One of the most notable findings was that searches for outdoor bars increased by 155 percent. It’s easy to understand why. Much like a fun pool float, just the sight of an outdoor bar can put someone in a more festive mood.

The report also stated that searches for outdoor kitchens and dining areas increased by 130 percent. Building an outdoor kitchen is a major undertaking that’s simply not an option for everyone.

If a property doesn't have enough space for a bar, an outdoor bar cart is a perfect alternative. It can also be used in conjunction with an outdoor bar or kitchen depending on the layout of the backyard. Overall, bar carts are a longstanding trend that won’t fall out of fashion any time soon, indoors or outdoors.

Rope Furniture

One of the biggest trends in outdoor furnishings for 2020 year is rope. “It originally started as more of a coastal decor look but it’s now used in so many different ways that it can fit in almost style,” says Chelsea Marks, co-founder of Paynes Gray. 

Traditional Outdoor Rugs

Outdoor rugs are an easy way to elevate a dining area. As design trends overall lean more towards contemporary and transitional looks, it's easy to understand why traditional rugs are trending this season. “You used to be able to spot an outdoor rug because they were usually bold and graphic looking, lots of stripes. We’re seeing more traditional looking rugs made for the outdoor setting. So, you don’t have to have a bold trellis pattern or bright blue stripe outdoor rug anymore. You can style your outdoor areas in a more updated traditional look with more ornate patterns," says Marks.


While many are hesitant to decorate with prints indoors, but it’s far easier to take liberty with this trend outside.


Having sufficient outdoor lighting is essential to getting the most out of your backyard. It is recommended to use these kits to highlight trees or garden details as well as brighten walkways for safety. There are so many different options for this type of lighting in a range of aesthetics and budgets.

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