Trex's annual Outdoor Living Forecast sees resurgence in outdoor dens and sunken outdoor living areas in 2022, with privacy among top trends; activity zones with multiple functions to grow in popularity, alongside curved designs and sustainable products

Sample article from our Consumer Wellness

WINCHESTER, Virginia , January 18, 2022 (press release) –

Comfort, Convenience and Curves to Drive Design in Year Ahead

Over the past two years, how we relate to, interact with and utilize everyday spaces has been reimagined. From where we work, to how we travel and shop, to the ways and frequency with which we use the indoor and outdoor spaces of our homes, much has changed. As consumers everywhere continue to re-evaluate where and how they spend their time, outdoor living has never had a brighter moment in the spotlight.

“While much of what a post-pandemic world will look like long-term remains to be seen, one thing is clear – outdoor living space is more essential than ever,” says Leslie Adkins, vice president of marketing for Trex Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, and leader in high-performance, low-maintenance outdoor living products. “No matter where or how we live, there is continued demand for flexible outdoor areas where people can safely gather, appreciate nature, or simply enjoy a change of scenery. As we continue to navigate and adjust to new ways of living in the coming year, outdoor spaces will play a key role and will become even more important and meaningful.”

Each year, Trex captures input from consumers, contractors, retailers and industry insiders to compile its annual Outdoor Living Forecast. Here are the top trends and predictions Trex and industry experts have identified for outdoor living in the year ahead.

1.  The Outdoor Den
Gone are the days of decks and patios that might be used to host a BBQ once or twice a year. Now, homeowners are seeking outdoor living areas where they can relax, watch their favorite shows, host a movie night with friends, play games and truly live every day.

As a result, deck designs are taking on new shapes and styles, from mid-century to modern. Outdoor dens and sunken outdoor living areas – inspired by the popular indoor trend from the 1960s – are expected to see a resurgence in 2022, and they’ll be outfitted with all the comforts and conveniences of the indoors, from upholstered furnishings and fully appointed kitchens to bars, big screen TVs, surround sound and more!

“The concept of the den originally gained popularity for its ability to bring everyone in the home together in a relaxed, comfortable setting,” notes Adkins. “Bringing this concept outdoors and allowing homeowners to enjoy that same comfort and connection is the very definition and goal of outdoor living.”

2.  Activity Zones
As our homes have become offices, classrooms, fitness facilities – you name it – space has become a precious commodity. So, it’s no surprise that nearly 60% of designers expect rooms that serve multiple functions – both indoors and out – to grow in popularity in 2022 and beyond. To optimize the usability of an outdoor space, look at dividing the space into multiple activity zones – spaces dedicated to various activities from relaxing and dining, to areas for play, work and sanctuary.

A pergola is ideal for instantly framing and defining a space. A relatively easy addition to any deck or yard, pergolas create the look and feel of an outdoor room while adding a distinct architectural element. Of course, its main purpose is providing shade – essential for enhancing visibility of laptop screens and devices when working or learning from home, as well as offering cool relief on hot days. Another way to integrate dimension into an outdoor space is with lattice. These stylish and versatile panels not only act as dividers for activity zones, but also minimize unsightly views.

And, don’t overlook the space beneath an elevated deck. Adding an under-deck drainage system, like Trex® RainEscape®, will not only protect a deck’s substructure from moisture damage, it will create dry space that can be used for storing seasonal items or be used as bonus living space fully outfitted with furnishings, lighting, ceiling fans and entertainment components. Because Trex RainEscape installs above the joists, it allows homeowners to finish the space with any kind of decorative ceiling or soffit on the underside of the joists, to give the space a completely finished look.

3.  Privacy, Please
The past two years have left us craving not only connection, but also increased safety and serenity. Thus, privacy is expected to be one of the biggest outdoor living trends for 2022. With backyards being used for everything from meditation and exercise to rest and relaxation, homeowners are seeking ways to enhance seclusion.

With this in mind, Structureworks, the makers of Trex® Pergola™ and Trex® Lattice™ have created Trex® Privacy™, a new series of sturdy, stylish and low-maintenance aluminum privacy wall panels. Offered in both permanent and moveable options, these decorative panels are available in multiple patterns and colors to complement the aesthetic of any outdoor setting and are ideal for enhancing privacy around decks, patios and pools.

Another popular option is to incorporate privacy walls using cladding or leftover deck boards. An easy DIY project, these half walls create visual separation while adding a modern touch to any outdoor environment.

4.  Eco-Friendly and Easy-to-Maintain
According to industry insiders, sustainability will be a cornerstone of home design and the products consumers are seeking in 2022, as homeowners assess the environmental impacts of their homes and purchasing decisions. Equally important are materials that are easy to maintain without requiring a lot of time, effort and expense.

Composite decking falls right in this sweet spot. Built on green values, Trex® composite decking is manufactured from 95% recycled materials and has a 56% lower carbon footprint than pressure-treated lumber. One of the largest recyclers of plastic film in North America, Trex repurposes approximately 850 million pounds of polyethylene plastic and reclaimed wood scrap each year in the making of its outdoor living products.

“Today’s time-stretched consumers increasingly opt for lower-maintenance materials that deliver on performance and sustainability,” Adkins explains. “Unlike wood, high-performance composites like Trex decking resist fading, staining, scratching and mold – and won’t rot, warp, crack or splinter. No sanding, staining or painting is required, and food and drink spills wash off easily with just soap and water.”

5.  Curve Appeal
In a marked departure from the clean, streamlined looks of recent years, curves will make a comeback in 2022. Contractors already are reporting increased demand for arched windows, doors and openings, along with curved footprints for porches, decks and walkways for landscaping.

“Curves add character to any setting and create a truly custom look,” Adkins offers. “Trex outdoor living products give homeowners and contractors the freedom to design to every curve of their imagination.”

Many lines of Trex composite decking can be curved, along with Trex Signature Railing. This line of durable, low-maintenance aluminum railing delivers sleek sophistication with a range of infill options, including traditional spindles, horizontal rods, mesh panels and glass inserts.

6.  Outstanding Outdoor Kitchens
Homeowners everywhere have invested more in their kitchens than ever before – both indoors and out. As demand continues to soar for all things al fresco, from luxury grilling stations and elaborate bars to specialty features like pizza ovens, smokers, and refrigerated storage, demand for cabinetry is also on the rise.

The Trex Outdoor Kitchens™ collection features a luxurious lineup of stainless steel cabinetry solutions in colors and styles options that allow designers and homeowners to create functional spaces that rival interior kitchens – all crafted to withstand and endure exposure to the elements.

“Outdoor living is no longer restricted to spring and summer, nor reserved for certain parts of the country,” adds Adkins. “Thanks to new high-performance materials and innovative design approaches, people everywhere are transforming their outdoor spaces into multi-seasonal extensions of their homes.”

For more outdoor living ideas and inspiration, visit Trex.com.

Sources

National Kitchen & Bath Association 2022 Design Trends Report
The Plan Collection 2022 Home Design and Building Trend Forecast

StyleMotivation.com: Top 5 Outdoor Kitchen Ideas for 2022
About Trex Company
Trex Company, Inc. [NYSE: TREX] is the world’s largest manufacturer of high-performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with nearly 30 years of product experience. The #1 brand in outdoor living is proud to be named to Forbes’ 2021 List of America’s Best Mid-Size Companies and to Fortune magazine’s 2020 list of the world’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com. You also can follow Trex on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/trex-company/), Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany), Pinterest (trexcompany) or Houzz (trexcompany-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook (@TrexCompany) or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).

About Trex Licensed Products

Trex® Outdoor Kitchens™ is manufactured and sold by CT Acquisitions LLC, under a Trademark License Agreement with Trex Company, Inc.
Trex® Pergola™, Trex® Lattice™ and Trex® Privacy™ products are manufactured and sold by Home & Leisure, Inc., d/b/a Structureworks, under a Trademark License Agreement with Trex Company, Inc.
Trex® RainEscape® products are manufactured and sold by IBP, LLC under a Trademark License Agreement with Trex Company, Inc. RainEscape® is a federally registered trademark of IBP, LLC.
All product warranties are provided by their respective manufacturers.

Contact: Elizabeth Gartman
L.C. Williams & Associates
800/837-7123 or 312/565-3900
egartman@lcwa.com

Photos accompanying this announcement are available at

https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/6848a363-a74a-4a18-8318-a4db55fee7b6

https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/219fa832-dd9f-4076-9470-7b81e49cce76

https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/5bd6663a-b04c-4a8e-a667-d7f1d8474f2c

https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/114ffd0d-ec07-40a5-a48c-3549fa29911a

https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/636c87af-d905-435e-8a26-cc4d0ead112f

TREX 2022 OUTDOOR LIVING TRENDS RELEASE - OUTDOOR DENS

https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/6848a363-a74a-4a18-8318-a4db55fee7b6/en" target="_blank">https://ml.globenewswire.com/media/6848a363-a74a-4a18-8318-a4db55fee7b6/medium/trex-2022-outdoor-living-trends-release-outdoor-dens.jpeg" /> 

 

OUTDOOR DENS AND SUNKEN OUTDOOR LIVING AREAS, INSPIRED BY THE POPULAR INDOOR TREND FROM THE 1960S, ARE EXPECTED TO SEE A RESURGENCE IN 2022.
TREX 2022 OUTDOOR LIVING TRENDS RELEASE - ACTIVITY ZONES

https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/219fa832-dd9f-4076-9470-7b81e49cce76/en" target="_blank">https://ml.globenewswire.com/media/219fa832-dd9f-4076-9470-7b81e49cce76/medium/trex-2022-outdoor-living-trends-release-activity-zones.jpg" /> 

 

DESIGNERS EXPECT ROOMS THAT SERVE MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS – BOTH INDOORS AND OUT – TO GROW IN POPULARITY IN 2022 AND BEYOND.
TREX 2022 OUTDOOR LIVING TRENDS RELEASE - PRIVACY

https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/5bd6663a-b04c-4a8e-a667-d7f1d8474f2c/en" target="_blank">https://ml.globenewswire.com/media/5bd6663a-b04c-4a8e-a667-d7f1d8474f2c/medium/trex-2022-outdoor-living-trends-release-privacy.jpg" /> 

 

PRIVACY IS EXPECTED TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST OUTDOOR LIVING TRENDS FOR 2022.
TREX 2022 OUTDOOR LIVING TRENDS RELEASE - CURVE APPEAL

https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/114ffd0d-ec07-40a5-a48c-3549fa29911a/en" target="_blank">https://ml.globenewswire.com/media/114ffd0d-ec07-40a5-a48c-3549fa29911a/medium/trex-2022-outdoor-living-trends-release-curve-appeal.jpg" /> 

 

IN A MARKED DEPARTURE FROM THE CLEAN, STREAMLINED LOOKS OF RECENT YEARS, CURVES WILL MAKE A COMEBACK IN 2022.
TREX 2022 OUTDOOR LIVING TRENDS RELEASE - OUTDOOR KITCHENS

https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/636c87af-d905-435e-8a26-cc4d0ead112f/en" target="_blank">https://ml.globenewswire.com/media/636c87af-d905-435e-8a26-cc4d0ead112f/medium/trex-2022-outdoor-living-trends-release-outdoor-kitchens.jpg" /> 

 

AS DEMAND SOARS FOR ALL THINGS AL FRESCO, DEMAND FOR OUTDOOR KITCHEN CABINETRY IS ALSO ON THE RISE.

Source: Trex Company, Inc

* All content is copyrighted by Industry Intelligence, or the original respective author or source. You may not recirculate, redistrubte or publish the analysis and presentation included in the service without Industry Intelligence's prior written consent. Please review our terms of use.

See our dashboard in action - schedule an demo
Dan Rivard
Dan Rivard
- VP Market Development -

We offer built-to-order consumer wellness coverage for our clients. Contact us for a free consultation.

About Us

We deliver market news & information relevant to your business.

We monitor all your market drivers.

We aggregate, curate, filter and map your specific needs.

We deliver the right information to the right person at the right time.

Our Contacts

1990 S Bundy Dr. Suite #380,
Los Angeles, CA 90025

+1 (310) 553 0008

About Cookies On This Site

We collect data, including through use of cookies and similar technology ("cookies") that enchance the online experience. By clicking "I agree", you agree to our cookies, agree to bound by our Terms of Use, and acknowledge our Privacy Policy. For more information on our data practices and how to exercise your privacy rights, please see our Privacy Policy.