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Top Trends in Patio & Garden Design

by Kimberly Jokela 08/29/2021

As people continue to spend more of their time at home, many are looking for new ways to enhance their outdoor spaces. Just like with interior design, garden and outdoor design, trends are always changing and offering new opportunities to express yourself. If you’re looking for some inspiration for outdoor decorating, here are some popular trends to help.

Colorful Paint

Colors are making a comeback where neutrals and natural finishes have held popularity for a long time. Painted fences, wooden trellises, benches and even custom pool decks are becoming more prevalent in gardens and outdoor spaces. The colors are anything but subtle, too—think pink, orange, aqua or bright red to make a dramatic and fun contrast to the greenery of the garden.


Rattan furniture and accessories have been popular in interior design for many years but are increasingly popular outside, as well. Rattan is both eco-friendly and durable, making it a brilliant choice for integrating into a natural aesthetic. It’s also lightweight and easy to move around, so you can be spontaneous and change your layout as needed.

Fire Pits

Fire pits have become so popular that for a time it was common for major retailers to sell out of them. Countless DIY methods for building fire pits became popular among homeowners as well. Fire pits are perfect for bringing people together for conversation, celebration or relaxation. They are a source of light and warmth and a timeless addition to any outdoor space.

Broken-Plan Layouts

After ages of open floor plan layouts, the broken-plan layout has come to the fore in interior and outdoor design. A broken-plan layout uses smaller dividing elements like benches, low partitions or even hedges to break up a larger space without restricting the view. This maintains the well-loved airy feel of an open floor plan but also gives some structure to previously “empty” spots. Try using this trend in your gardening with planter gardens and low trellises.


Yellow is one of the bright colors trending in garden and patio design. Accents like yellow outdoor cushions, tables or even smaller accessories like watering cans and plant stands have been spreading a bit of sunshine around gardens all over. Yellow is a color that inspires energy and optimism and is perfect for any time of the year. To get the most out of this trend, take it a step further and use yellow in your planting decisions. Try sunflowers, daisies, yellow pansies and daffodils to cheer up the entire space.

If you need somewhere to start in your next outdoor redecorating project, these trends will give your garden, patio or yard new life.

About the Author

Kimberly Jokela

Meet Kimberly Jokela:

With a genuine passion in people Kimberly loves helping her clients make their real estate dreams or needs come to life!

Born and raised in the midwest in a family with a strong work ethic, filled with creativity & dedication.

Her determination lead her to attend college at the "Philadelphia Performing Arts" where she had the opportunity to follow her passion in the Arts & to travel. Living in California with her husband Rick for 15 years together they built a successful business. After the birth of her beautiful daughter Brittany in 2003 & seeking a "small town” coastal lifestyle, they took a trip to Naples Florida & fell in love with all it has to offer and made the jump!

With now over 13 years experience as a licensed Realtor serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Marco Island, Estero & Fort Myers.

A great listener, negotiator & connector, Kimberly is dedicated to helping her clients looking to BUY find their ideal property! .

Her warm & friendly personality is present in everything she does on her clients behalf!

Kimberly’s creativity & "out of the box" thinking gives her clients the extra leverage they need when SELLING a property.

Her well organized marketing includes professionally produced photography, video, drone imagery, media presentation in print, numerous online websites & social media!