By: Lee Cavalier- Decking Product Manager at Dura Composites
As a nation we’re feeling more connected to our homes and gardens than ever before, and a survey from the Royal Horticultural Society reveals that more than half of homeowners (57%) believe they will value their gardens more in the future than they did before the pandemic.
Not only are people spending more on their outdoor spaces, they’re also getting more creative with them too, and for many that includes experimenting with garden decking.
Here are five emerging trends within decking that we expect to see more of in 2022.
People want to spend more time enjoying their gardens and less time maintaining them
When the country first went into full lockdown and the sun was shining, it seemed like everyone was embarking on a garden project of some kind, and while the pattern of making improvements to our living spaces looks set to continue, we’re seeing a shift towards people prioritising projects that allow them to spend more time enjoying their gardens, and less time working on them. Because composite decking doesn’t require painting or staining and needs only very minimal maintenance to stay looking its best, it’s ideal for those with less time on their hands.
Making decking accessible for renters and those with smaller gardens
Decking projects don’t just have to be for those with larger properties; as an alternative to traditional decking boards, composite decking tiles have seen a surge in popularity. These interlocking tiles can be assembled quickly and easily without the need for a base frame, expensive substructures, professional landscaping, or even advanced DIY skills, and they create instant decking areas. It’s just as simple to move them as well, opening up possibilities for homeowners with small gardens, balconies, and terraces, who want to create a fresh look. It’s handy for those renting too, who can simply remove and pack their tiles up when the time comes to move on.
More flexibility and creativity
As people get more confident with their outdoor spaces, we’re beginning to see more creativity too. Those who previously might have stuck to the basics when it comes to colour and design are starting to be more inventive, introducing zoning into their garden designs through the use of multiple decking tones, whether that be with reversible decking boards, or flexible decking tiles. Zoning can be a great way to create the illusion of more space, and has become particularly popular for those using garden offices as a space to work from home, allowing people to create a better divide between work and leisure.
Greige – as the name would suggest – is the term for hues that sit somewhere between grey and beige, and a trend that’s becoming more popular, is for people to use these lighter, neutral tones as a base from which to accessorise with pops of colour. This is a technique people are using in their homes as well as gardens. For example, a decking area may lend itself well to zoning using a selection of muted beige and grey tones, but brightly coloured scatter cushions that you can change with the seasons help to create a focal point for your seating areas.
People are continually assessing the ways in which they can make more environmentally friendly decisions, and of course, this extends to home and garden projects too – from the materials used, to the actual construction process. Composite decking, (both tiles and boards), are developed from a unique engineering process, and can contain up to 87% recycled wood and plastic components, made from well-managed forests and sustainable sources. Composite decking typically has a longer lifespan than traditional softwood timber decking too, which is also better for the ecosystem in the long term.
As we move into 2022, we’re excited to see the different ways in which people are incorporating decking into their gardens, from the different types of decking products used, to the colours and patterns created with them. The best thing about this current movement is how accessible it is too, allowing people with all kinds of outdoor spaces to enjoy the benefits of decking.
Lee Cavalier is Decking Product Manager at Dura Composites, an award-winning manufacturer and supplier of composite decking tiles and boards.