Upcoming landscape trends in 2018

Matt Leacy of Landart Landscapes shares his thoughts on what's in and what's out in the word of landscaping

With 2018 just around the corner, now's the time to start thinking about the projects you want to tackle. 

Given that we're heading into summer, outdoor areas are a great place to start.To provide some valuable advice, founder and creative director of Landart Landscapes, Matt Leacy, sat down with us to share his landscape design trend forecasts for 2018.

The return of texture

Texture in flooring is definitely coming back into vogue – and I see this becoming more popular in 2018. For a while now, we’ve been in a bit of a minimalist period. And while I think that many consumers will continue to choose minimalist flooring – plenty of others will head to the other end of the spectrum and go very textural.

We expect to see different stones being used for flagging and cobbles to break up large areas. There are lots of exciting new stones on the market including different variations on porphyry, limestone and granite.

Their finishes, shapes and sizes are also changing.

Cobblestones will be used in interesting ways, mixing linear lines with rounded shapes and the like.

We’ll also see consumers continue to shift away from large format clean line finishes towards textured smaller tiles.Timber will also be popular in 2018 and remain a turn-to. 

It can fit into any design aesthetic and can be left to weather and silver or kept vibrant and fresh depending on taste and available time for maintenance.

Ultimately, I think we’ll see less consumers falling in the middle when it comes to flooring; they’ll either go minimalist or textured. We’ll also start to see more raw and finished concrete being used both in and out of the pool, on seating, BBQs and general flooring.

Fire pits becoming the norm

Over the past year, we’ve really seen consumer demand for fire pits reach an all-time high. Traditionally, fire pits weren’t used by that many people; however, they’re increasingly being seen by homeowners as an essential – and an expectation.

I think 2018 will see fire-pits reach their peak popularity as more and more people recognise them as the norm and also realise the range on the market at different price points.

You’ve got built-in fire-pits which can also function as coffee-tables or you’ve got more basic iron and steel bowls.We’ll especially see uptake in at the beginning of autumn as the cooler months begin to set in.I also think fire pits will be a trend that sticks around; they can be super stylish and multifunctional – and they’re a great way to generate outdoor heat, light and ambience, whilst saving on electricity. 

They basically keep you out in the garden chatting with friends and family instead of retreating indoors.Obviously, you’ve just got to be wary of weather conditions and any fire bans that might be in place when you’re using them.

The continued rise of outdoor rooms

The whole idea of creating outdoor rooms that mirror the functionality of traditional indoor spaces will continue to pick up steam in 2018.Outdoor kitchens, daybeds, outdoor showers, sunken lounges, comfy outdoor furniture – they’ve all become an expectation rather than a luxury in many of the markets we’re working in.

As more and more consumers see outdoor rooms on the market, they will likely become the perceived norm and the real estate market will have to respond to meet buyer demand.

We’ll likely see more vendors installing outdoor room elements pre-sale to maximise sale price and also property developers installing them at the build stage.Strip lightingStrip lighting under steps, seats and bench tops creates an amazing feel and is becoming increasingly popular.

This will become even trendier in 2018 as a compliment to outdoor room elements.

Planting varieties

Interesting succulents and cactus plants will continue to be really popular both indoors and outdoors. The architectural structure they can provide to any garden is impressive.

Some of the larger varieties like Agave Americana and blue cactus are becoming really difficult to find in nurseries, so getting the signature piece for the garden can be a challenge.As such, if you’re planning to renovate or sell in 2018, it will be smart to plan the garden really early on so that you can grow or take the time to find what you need.

I think we’ll also see some old classics featured more in 2018.

Cloud and sphere pruned plants are a favourite of mine. They have been around for centuries, and we have been using them for many years and can see them growing in popularity. 

They go well in most styles of gardens we do.

Say goodbye to?

What we should say goodbye to in 2018 is metal imitating timber. 

The main offenders are front boundary fences where metal slats or pickets are used. Metal is metal and timber is timber; it never works when you try to pass one off as the other.

Find out more about the projects that Matt's involved in on the Landart website

Story by: Matt Leacy – Guest writer

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