ATLANTA, March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With winter in the rearview, Belgard®, the leader in outdoor living essentials for the patio and beyond, prepares homeowners for the season ahead by sharing spring outdoor living trends for 2016.
Translating an indoor environment to an outdoor living space, while maintaining its homey, attractive integrity, remains an evergreen trend for homeowners. For 2016, the experts at Belgard forecast a continuation of this theme, as well as increases in sustainable outdoor living practices. Homeowners can find inspiration and bring their backyard dreams to life by using the company's Idea Book or Belgard Design Studio to embody the following spring trends:
- Home is where the hearth is: Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits combine the traditions of gatherings around the living room fireplace and roasting marshmallows at an annual family vacation. To meet these modern living needs, Belgard continues to expand and develop the Belgard Elements collection and recently released a new Midnight trim option for the Bordeaux Series fireplace and matching kitchen pieces.
- Mimicking the indoor environment: Indoor living designs manifest in outdoor counterparts by bringing lighting fixtures, decorative accessories and larger tiles with natural textures to the backyard. This year will see an increase in the use of larger format pavers with natural textures and design elements, such as the natural flagstone look of Mega-Arbel®, the cut flagstone look of Mega-Lafitt™ and the cut slate look of Lafitt™ Rustic Slab, all of which offer multi-piece, large-format design options.
- Rise of the outdoor chef: With professional-rated appliances, multiple cooking surfaces, ample counter prep space and bar seating, outdoor kitchens now rival the scope and scale of indoor spaces. Homeowners are increasingly seeking brick ovens (such as the Belgard Brick Oven!) to complete their backyard the spring, as the fixtures can be used not only for cooking pizza, but as a full-use outdoor oven as well.
- Turns out it is easy being "green:" Permeable pavers have flooded over from the commercial market into residential areas. Textured permeable pavers, such as Belgard's Subterra® Stone and Eco Dublin®, offer the natural look that homeowners desire, while reducing flooding and improving local waterways through the absorption and filtration of stormwater through the paver joints.
Photos to accompany each trend are available upon request at the Belgard Media Room, http://www.belgardmediaroom.com/images.
Belgard, part of Oldcastle® Architectural, offers a complete collection of paver and wall products for outdoor living spaces, walkways, driveways, parking areas and retaining walls. Available in a range of styles, premium Belgard products have been found in America's finest homes and award-winning commercial and retail properties since 1995. For more information or a complimentary Idea Book, visit Belgard.com or call 1-877-Belgard (235-4273). Find more inspiring outdoor space ideas at Facebook.com/BelgardHardscapes.
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