Trends to Watch Out for in 2017 well, the New Year is in full swing now. The snow cover is melting away, the ground is thawing. Soon the crocuses will be peaking their tiny heads above ground, signifying the start of spring. It’s an ideal time to start thinking about the yard and any new directions you may want to take the landscaping this year. At ME Contracting Toronto we’re hearing and reading a lot about what are expected to be the hot landscaping trends for 2017 and while some of them see more than a little improbable (“edible landscapes” anyone?) there are a number that seem like they’ll have some real legs. In this post we’re going to look at the 7 hot trends we think are going to be significant in the coming year.
7 Hot Trends Foreseen by this Toronto Landscaping Company
While it’s never possible to tell with 100% certainty exactly which trends will be taking off in a given year we can nonetheless collate everything we’ve been hearing and come to some kind of conclusions regarding which are likely to materialize. So without further ado here they are, the 7 trends this Toronto landscaping company expects to see in 2017.
- Sustainability – As concern about the state of the environment becomes widespread homeowners will look for new and better ways to make their properties as self-sustaining as possible. Acres of lawn will give way to a more mixed approach that requires less watering and fewer fertilizers. Irrigation water will be drawn from grey water runoff from showers and sinks. Paving stones and other hardscape elements made from largely recycled materials will gain widespread favour as will solar powered lighting schemes.
- Material diversification – Landscape designers have decided it’s time to mix things up and so we’re likely to see a lot more material diversification in the yard than in previous years. That includes planters made of various materials, iron gates, pebble paths, wooden decks with glass railings and paving stones around the pool. It’s all in the service of creating a more casual, livable ambiance for the back yard.
- Smart outdoor kitchens – Outdoor kitchens became the must-have domestic enhancement a few years ago and their widespread adoption has continued unimpeded. What’s changed, or rather, what will be added in 2017 are high tech elements that will turn the outdoor kitchen into a fully programmable, fully Net-ready environment. You’ll be able to turn lights on and off, activate your sweeping robot, adjust the temperature of the fridge, change the music and select what’s being shown on the big screen TV all from your smartphone.
- Water Features – Water features have been lurking on the periphery for more than a decade but they may be poised to finally break through this year. Everything from manmade waterfalls to lily ponds to gently rolling decorative “streams” that course through the yard and then disappear under or behind a discreet feature are on tap. Whether your landscape design is casual or formal this Toronto landscaping company expects water features will be incorporated as a way to add visual interest and a sense of mindfulness to the yard.
- Embracing the Cottage aesthetic – Water features and a mixture of materials will both be important features of the overall trend toward more of a Cottage aesthetic. The Cottage aesthetic features a generally lighter air with plenty of aromatic flowers around, lots of native shrubbery and bushes, areas sown with wild grasses, trellises covered in Morning Glory and chairs placed on the patio in ways that encourage more intimate conversations, among other things.
- Welcome pollinators – The fact that certain bee species have been dying off in recent years has brought attention home to the important role these creatures play in our ecosystem. As such many a Toronto landscaping company have been busy as bees developing ways to attract bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators to the yard. The goal being to create a natural haven for these creatures with year round (or close to year round) nectar sources for them. Smart selection of the plants involved will be crucial to maintaining a sense of design and avoiding a sense of chaos.
- LED Lighting – You see LED lighting used today in virtually every type of commercial and residential development in Toronto. LED lights are incredibly energy efficient, emit a beautiful clean light and have lifespans of anywhere from 10 to 20 years. (That’s right. The LED lights you install when your child is a baby may still be working fine when that child enters college!) Look for LED lighting to be spread throughout the yard in a multitude of uses, from providing atmosphere in the outdoor kitchen to lining footpaths to illuminating stairs leading up to the deck and providing an ethereal glow to the inground pool.
Because 7 is never enough here are a couple of bonus trends that didn’t quite make our main list.
- Shades of Green – In recent years it seemed like homeowners couldn’t get enough of the rainbow. Every imaginable colour was thrown into the backyard mix with gleeful abandon. Today however, that trend is giving way to a simpler focus on green. In 2017 it’s going to be all about shades of green.
- Everything old belongs with everything new – Selecting a particular style or time period and imposing it on the entire yard will no longer cut it. Designers and homeowners in 2017 want to see the generations kiss and make up and yards will express this multi-generational detente.
Well, there you have it. The official list of trends this Toronto landscaping company expects to see take root in 2017. There’s no doubt we’ll miss on 1 or 2 but our market research indicates that all of these have a chance to develop into meaningful landscaping movements as the year unfolds. For more information on these or any other landscaping design trend or to enlist the services of ME Contracting to help with your landscaping project give us a call on 416-238-6700.