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Though we certainly don’t live and breathe by what’s considered “in” or “out” in the decorating world, it’s always interesting to see what home design experts are predicting will be the next big trends. Real estate and rental marketplace Zillow just came out with their top three outdoor patio trends for this summer, as well as three fads that are on their way out. Here’s what they discovered:

TOP OUTDOOR PATIO TRENDS

1. Lime Green Accent Colors

Zillow predicts you’ll be seeing a lot of this bright green hue come summertime. Their experts suggest finding subtle ways to incorporate it into your decor, whether it be in throw pillows, chair cushions, or vases.

2. Vertical Gardens

We’ve been longtime fans of vertical gardening, so we couldn’t be more pleased to see that the trend is gaining momentum. “Low-maintenance, native plants will be highly popular this summer, especially given the water shortages on the west coast,” says Zillow Digs designer Christina Salway of Eleven Two Eleven Design. For more inspiration to start your own, check out these creative and space-savvy vertical gardening ideas.

3. Hurricane Candles

 The popular type of candle lighting gets its turn in the spotlight this summer. “When grouped together on tables or lined up along the patio floor, hurricane candles are romantic and create a wonderful ambiance that can be enjoyed on any budget,” the report states.

THREE FADS THAT ARE OVER

1. Tuscan Colors

 “Khakis or yellow-based neutrals are out, as well as anything muddy or Tuscan-inspired,” says Zillow Digs designer Marc Thee of Marc-Michaels Interiors. While we don’t necessarily agree with ditching these shades altogether, we do love the idea of adding pops of bright color to our porches and patios during the summer to create a warm and inviting environment.

2. Shabby Chic Furniture

Zillow experts claim that homeowners will begin to eschew shabby chic decor for more simplistic outdoor furniture. “Outdoor spaces are becoming an extension of indoor living,” the report states, “so people will invest in long-lasting furniture that can weather both the seasons and changing fads.”

3. Excessive Patterns

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Sometimes less is more, which is why Zillow is predicting that homeowners will start to favor simple designs over loud, busy patterns. This is one trend we’re happy to kick to the curb, since we envision our perfect porch as a calm and soothing spot, free of distraction.
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