The Link Between Indoors and Outdoors is Forecast to Grow

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The Link Between Indoors and Outdoors is Forecast to

The boundary between indoor and outdoor living spaces, already
becoming increasingly blurred, will be “non-existent” by 2020 a
trend that promises to have major implications for kitchen/bath
space planners.

That’s the finding of a major new research report conducted by
the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), a
Washington, DC-based trade association.

According to IFDA, “garden rooms will be added to existing
homes, patios and decks will be expanded to accommodate the
expected increase in outdoor entertaining, and more substantial
furnishings will be used to make outdoor spaces more livable.”

In essence, IFDA noted, living environments will blend into “one
big, comfortable space.”

“Kitchens are moving outdoors, particularly in the Southwest,
but also in other parts of the country on a seasonal basis,” said
Raymond Chevallier, executive v.p. of  F. Schumacher &

“More homes are also going to be built with garden rooms, either
enclosed conservatories or in areas adjacent to the kitchen,” added
Chevallier, one of 2,000 leaders in virtually every segment of the
interior furnishings business who were surveyed for IFDA’s
recently-released special report, “20/20: IFDA’s Vision for the

“The number one and two hobbies in the U.S. are cooking and
gardening, and this is having a direct impact on home design,”
Chevallier observed.

Along with the trend toward outdoor entertaining, IFDA members
predicted that it is likely that decks will become larger, that
homeowners will use more substantial furnishings outdoors, and that
there will be more hot tubs.

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