Seamlessly Connecting Indoor and Outdoor Spaces
Years ago, people thought of their home and outdoor space as two separate entities and would create a strict boundary between them. Today, however, connecting your indoor and outdoor space has become a growing trend.
With the exterior connected to your interior, your eyes can see further, and the room appears larger. Apart from that, it also creates a functional space that allows you to spend your days outdoors or leave the doors open while you stay inside and still enjoy lots of fresh air and daylight.
Whether you’re planning for a new home or doing some renovations, if you’ve been dreaming of a beautiful indoor-outdoor setup, check the following pointers to achieve a seamless connection between the two.
How to Seamlessly Link Your Indoor & Outdoor Living Spaces
Incorporate Outliving Space In House Plans
Before doing anything, you need to have a house plan. Planning allows you to maximize the floor area inside and outside your home. Homeowners and builders rely on well-made house plans since they help to visualize the space before home construction or renovation takes place.
Choose Your Materials
Choosing the appropriate building materials can create a more seamless connection between indoors and outdoors. The most common building materials used to create an indoor-outdoor home connection are glass, natural stones, paint, and flooring finishes.
Whether you’re building your home or planning for a renovation, adding large glass openings has become a common trend in most modern homes. You’ll typically see it in fixed glazing and operable glass doors or windows. Closed or fixed glazing can give you a visual connection to the outdoors. Meanwhile, a physical window or door opening will allow natural ventilation and a better connection to the scents and sounds of the outdoors.
On the other hand, natural stones mimic the outdoors and create a transition between your indoor living spaces easier. You can use them on your kitchen counter, interior and garden walls, and more. As for paint, you can incorporate the same or complementing hues in your interiors and exteriors.
Another way to connect your outdoor space to your indoor is to use matching materials in both areas. One of the best ways to do this is to choose similar flooring options and finishes that can help harmonize your home design.
A flooring that extends from inside to your exterior space helps draw the eyes due to the continuing finish. When done right, your external space naturally becomes an extension of your living room or kitchen rather than detached and separate.
If you can’t install the same flooring material on your outdoor space, consider using materials that visually match the interior millwork, trim, or any other architectural element to connect the spaces. Then, you can create depth using outdoor rugs to soften the floor while creating a cozy space.
You can also extend this with your furniture material. When shopping for indoor and outdoor furniture or decor, consider the two spaces as one, just as you would with any other room in your home. Doing this creates a cohesive design and reinforces a visual connection.
If, however, the material used in your interior furniture and decors may not be suitable for outdoor use, you can choose a complementary option. It can still create a seamless flow and connection between these spaces.
Choose Nature-Inspired Accents
Bring your home closer to nature and the great outdoors by choosing earthy tones and natural decors in your interior design. One of the easiest ways to do that is to use greenery. Where your home meets your patio or backyard, adding plants can easily remove the barrier between these two areas.
You can do this by placing large potted plants near your windows or by the doorway. In your outdoor area, position the plants near your interior to link both areas. Also, ensure that the plants are at eye level and not too high not to block the light and cast a shadow inside.
Besides adding nature to your interior, you can also use earthy themes in your interior design. For instance, rugs and furniture can reflect outdoorsy or floral patterns. If patterns are not for you, you can opt for natural colors and earthy hues like greens and browns.
A thoughtfully-planned lighting can help make your exterior living spaces feel and look as inviting and cozy as the interior of your home. It also allows you to enjoy the space even at night.
Think of adding lighting at the edge of garden beds, paths or fences, and walls to highlight features in your garden. Then add some fairy lights on your decking or plants for added ambiance.
Every home has a unique opportunity for connecting indoor and outdoor spaces. Whether you live in a family home with a backyard or an apartment with a balcony, you can try some of the above design tips to effectively blur the boundary between your indoor and outdoor space. It can help you experience and enjoy your home in a new way.
Feature Image: Design by NA Architects, Photo by PHX India