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Multi-use patios on-trend for 2021

The outdoor living trend continues to grow (accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic), with more US homeowners now more aware of their outdoor spaces. And the experts from heating and outdoor furniture specialists, MAD Design, say creating outdoor living spaces for year-round use is here to stay.

“Alfresco areas such as the patio have undergone massive changes in recent times,” says Stephane Thomas, Director of MAD Design USA, whose brands include EcoSmart Fire (ethanol fires), HEATSCOPE® (infrared radiant heaters), and Blinde Design outdoor furniture and accessories.

“They’ve gone from an occasional place to entertain or unwind to become multi-use outdoor rooms with features enabling year-round usage for living, relaxing, exercising and entertaining and working. There’s a new saying that describes it well: ‘Staying in is the new going out’. And Americans want to make staying in more comfortable and enjoyable".

Thomas says in recent months he’s noticed a spike in homeowners wanting upgraded heating solutions and weather-resistant furniture and accessories. “This year – and beyond – people will continue to transform their patios into inviting outdoor-indoor rooms,” he says. “The emphasis is on making these spaces comfortable, warm and attractive by incorporating functional and stylish outdoor furniture and heating.”

MAD Design's top 3 outdoor living trends for 2021

1. Weather-resistant furniture and accessories

With patio furniture exposed to the elements, it needs to be durable and weather resistant. Blinde Design’s new range of furniture and accessories are made from high-performance materials including natural teak, Fluid™ Concrete, Sunbrella® Fabric and coated aluminum.

2. Versatile heating solutions

In recent months, MAD Design has experienced a spike in sales of its outdoor/patio heaters including its ethanol and gas-fuelled EcoSmart Fires, and the award-winning and fast-heating HEATSCOPE® infrared radiant heaters, which create a sun-like warmth and are more energy-efficient than gas heaters and other electric heaters. In strong demand are EcoSmart’s clean-burning Fire Pits and multi-function Fire Pit Tables – in particular the industry-exclusive teak Fire Pit Tables. “They blend perfectly with our Blinde Design teak furniture,” says Thomas. “They also in a range of styles and sizes and serve a dual-purpose – ranging from coffee tables to dining tables.”

3. Integrated / seamless transition between indoors and outdoors

Blinde Design has created a range of stylish, durable outdoor/indoor furniture – chairs, tables, modular sofas, bar carts, planters – that are functional and can be easily repositioned to create a harmonious look and a seamless transition between indoors and out.