2021 Outdoor Living Trends

If you are planning on spending more time in your own backyard this year you’ll want to make sure your outdoor living space is a comfortable and functional one. These five outdoor living trends showcase the latest in home design and outdoor entertaining.

Seamless Transitions Between Indoors and Outdoors 

Over the past 12 months we have become very used to doing things from home. With COVID-19 changing the way people work, socialise and live, homeowners now want to maximise their home’s living spaces more than ever and bring the outside in. 

DecoFloor timber-look aluminium flooring is the ideal flooring solution to create a seamless transition from inside to outside. Made from solid, powder-coated aluminium, DecoFloor is a highly durable product that is resistant to moisture and termite attack. The revolutionary new aluminium flooring system replicates the look and feel of real timber floorboards and can be used both internally and externally, allowing homeowners to continue their interior flooring outside.  


Outdoor Kitchens are Now a Must-Have

Outdoor living has always been important to Aussie households, but the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having an outdoor space to relax, entertain and have fun. 

We love this Integrated BBQ design by Oak & Orange. This set up comes complete with a built-in bar fridge and seating on the other side for your guests. Oak & Orange used 25x25mm battens finished DecoWood® to create eye-catching statement piece. 


A splashback is another great way to enhance your outdoor kitchen design. DecoSplash® is a grease-resistant and easy to clean aluminium splashback that offers total creative freedom in your outdoor kitchen.


Privacy Screens

If you are spending more time in your backyard, you’ll want to make sure you have the privacy to relax and unwind without worrying about the neighbours watching.

Powder coated aluminium privacy screens are lightweight, low maintenance and available in a range of colours and finishes. Whether you are after a traditional slat screen design or something more artistic with laser cut panels, the options are all available with DECO’s range of products.

This privacy screen design by Airthie Design Co was inspired by the surrounding bushland and rusted sheds. DecoPanel® finished in Earthy Ochre provided an authentic rusted appearance that is extremely durable and more flexible than real weathered steel.


Natural Colours and Materials

As homeowners seek to create a more natural look and feel in their homes, timber features and organic colours are becoming a growing trend in the design industry. 

Timber brings a warm and relaxed feel to the home and can also provide a sense of connection to nature; however, it does come with the problem of warping, rotting and requires significant maintenance.

Looking for a timber alternative? DecoWood® is a textured woodgrain finish for aluminium windows, doors, decks, fences, screens, cladding, and more. DecoWood® is 50% more durable than standard powder coating, does not contain any harmful VOCs and offers a low-maintenance timber-alternative that never needs painting, oiling or staining. 



The growing desire to extend the usable living space to the outdoors has seen pergolas increasing in popularity. Pergolas are another fantastic design feature that offers great shade and cover, making your outdoor space more comfortable to use all year round. 

Better Built Homes’ display in North Richmond showcases how you can use DecoSlat to create a standout pergola design. The DecoWood® Antique White woodgrain used is a simplistic and elegant finish that works well with the modern and coastal style of the home. 



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