March 18, 2008 - Lititz, PA- Outdoor great rooms are in high demand and the days of indoor living rooms are a thing of the past. According to a survey of leading members of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), families are eager to design a new “room” outdoors to enhance their homes and their lives. Living rooms, kitchens, and dining rooms all in one is the trend for 2008. From tranquil Zen gardens to beach type hideaways – families are requesting a wide range of outdoor design themes.
“Homeowners are reconnecting with their outdoor space, often in creative and imaginative ways,” said Perry Howard, FASLA, President of ASLA. “It’s no surprise that people want to take elements that work so well inside their home and recreate them outside.”
Stone, bamboo, lush greens, and water can create a zenergized great room. Accents such as lanterns, coy ponds, moss carpeting, bamboo furnishings, and red arched bridges help to recreate outdoor living areas that families can relax in while taking pleasure in the tranquility of their Zen surroundings.
A beach-ocean theme lends itself to materials of sand, shell, water, casual-light woods, and sea glass. Beach basics include sandy toned patio flooring, cool colors like coral, teak wood furnishings, sea shell décor, tall grasses, and water ponds. All these together make the next best thing to an island getaway for families to unwind in after a long day.
Integrate an eco-friendly feel and invite a natural element of wildlife into outdoor room designs by including wild bird feeders corresponding with the various themes. A few Asian inspired suggestions include elements which resemble lanterns, stone temples, or tea pots. Feeders comprised of elements with shell motifs, sand-like features, or coral and sea green colors will incorporate nicely with a beach-ocean theme.
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