What's cool for 2020

A lot of customers ask us about breakthrough trends in outdoor living. With so many options and so many decisions, it can be difficult to choose how to design your personal paradise. Here’s a rundown of our favorite picks to turn your backyard into the neighborhood showpiece.

1. Keeping life colorful – Today’s patios need to stand up to lots of use, from big parties to family barbecues. In the past, even the prettiest pavers were affected by stains and weather exposure. Not anymore. Check out EP Henry’s handsome line of ColorTech™ pavers with a factory-applied sealer, boasting exclusive stain-resistant pavers that enhance the appearance of your backyard today and protect your investment for tomorrow. ColorTech™ is the leading-edge advancement in paver treatment. Best of all, it costs much less, lasts longer and comes in a wide array of colors and patterns.

2. Good for the earth – Sustainability is here to stay, and you can do your part to support our planet. Beautify your home with a conscience by choosing eco-friendly permeable pavers. Thanks to these do-gooders, any rain that falls on your patio, walkway or driveway seeps back into the ground. Permeable pavers help reduce the need for water in landscaping maintenance and act as a filter to improve local water quality. We love the naturally upscale look of Belgard’s stately Aqualine™ series, highlighting the poshest patios, walkways, driveways and pools.

3. Let’s get stoned – Savvy shoppers want to improve their homes without breaking the bank or compromising luxury. Luckily there’s sensational stone veneer, offering the look of real stone at a fraction of the cost. Stone veneer can be used outdoors or inside, from chimneys and porticos to accent walls and fireplaces. It instantly lends upscale mojo to any style of décor. If you crave contemporary, don’t miss Pro-Fit® Modera Ledgestone, brought to you by Boral Cultured Stone. It’s tailored and artsy in up-to-the-minute shades like carbon, intaglio and vellum.

4. Mood lighting – If your property were a love song, you’d want it to slay hearts. Bring out your inner Teddy Pendergrass with the right outdoor lighting – designed to create a dramatic effect all over your yard. Lighting should never overpower your home; rather it should complement your design and enrich your lifestyle vision. The wizards at Integral Lighting wrote the book on illumination. We’re big fans of their imaginative xenon and LED fixtures, offering sleek and safe lighting on treads and risers, pathways and even columns. And their finishes are particularly striking – including copper, terracotta, brushed stainless and slate.

To see more on-point trends and designs for outdoor living, come visit our three showrooms, conveniently located in Richmond, Manassas and Fredericksburg.