Whether you are entertaining guests or you want to create the illusion and have more open space, you can invest in making your home a perfect fusion of indoors and outdoors! If you’re currently renovating or only looking for some details you could change up, we have some ideas on how to perfect indoor-outdoor living for everyone:
Lose The Wall
Enhancing your family room with pocket doors or even a garage door that can be completely pulled away is an easy and effective way to enhance indoor-outdoor living. You can also open up an entire side of your home by getting rid of a wall and installing a floor-to-ceiling glass door. Forming this connection with the outdoors can help revolutionise your home and also get the kids to stay off from their iPads and phones and run around in the backyard. This also gives you the parents the perfect opportunity to relax and get some work done, whilst also being able to keep an eye on them.
Image: Houzz – Klopf Architecture
Light Up The Garden
One more way to intensify your indoor-outdoor living experience is installing garden lighting. It will make your garden seem more livable and create a more homey feeling, while also making it look more inviting and aesthetically pleasing. You can light up not only pathways but also trees or flower beds. If you want to go all out with your indoor-outdoor fusion, you can make sure they are designed in the same style by using similar shapes, colours and materials. For example, use the same wood for the flooring in the living room as for the terrace or your patio!
Windows, Windows, Windows!
The type, placement and size of your windows can make a huge difference in your home’s appearance. Therefore, think carefully about which ones to install. An obvious but very effective way to connect indoors and outdoors are big windows. Floor to ceiling windows provide a great view of nature and allow a lot of natural light to fall in. Light flooded rooms open up the space and make the room look bigger than it is.
Floor to ceiling windows are a great way to open up the space and have nothing come between your living room and the garden! Also, corner windows are a great way to create the effect of the room being outdoors. If you are planning a new home, make sure to install many windows facing the garden rather than the street or the neighbour’s house. A nice extra, especially in a room with no other windows, is a ceiling window. What else gives one the feeling of being outdoors like looking up into the sky does? But one thing you shouldn’t forget about when installing big window facades is heat isolation. You have to make sure the windows are high quality as those don’t let too much heat go out and you won’t waste tons of energy.
Image: Houzz – Rayn Group Architects
Small Changes With Big Effects
If you don’t have the opportunity to install huge windows and there is no garden to decorate, you can decorate your home with plants to get an outdoors vibe. You don’t have to go for the common little indoor plant that withers within a week. Consider a fancy wallpaper. They are a real eye-catcher and also make indoor-outdoor living possible anywhere. Or get yourself a nice aquarium with colourful plants and woods in it!
Check out this article for tips on how to achieve an indoor-outdoor kitchen!
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