Published by Hannah King
Posted on 18 September 2019
Summer’s just about drawn to a close but the weather’s still mild, a great excuse to get outside and so for this week’s post we’d like to explore the trend for indoor-outdoor living. The idea behind it is that you can use external areas as additional rooms and a lovely example of this is an open-plan kitchen that flows outdoors for alfresco dining. There are also many benefits to being outdoors, such as improved health and wellbeing so make the most of this trend whilst you still can, here’s how to work indoor-outdoor living.
A lot of this trend comes down to the flooring, a covering that continues inside and out and for a smooth transition, it’s key that you blur the line between outdoors and in. Bi-fold doors make a great choice because they help to decrease this spacial interference. Floor level variations should also be lessened to create the illusion of a much larger space. In terms of the type of flooring that you should use, it’s unlikely you’ll find a wood that will work for both but tiles work well, especially in greys like slate or another dark stone. Slate and travertine will also suit the outside thanks to their durability but remember, your floors don’t have to be exactly identical – simply choose matching tones.
Another way to perfect the look and stream natural light indoors is to use glass and mirrored surfaces for structures and other architectural elements. This will open up the interior and let the outdoors area in. Glass also has a way of amplifying a space, making it look bigger and longer. Then there are picture windows and flооr-tо-сеіlіng glаѕѕ раnеlѕ that will frame your natural surroundings beautifully. Glаzіng раnеlѕ оf rооf ѕkуlіghtѕ will also aсhіеve аn іndооr-оutdооr trаnѕіtіоn.
Lіghtіng іѕ not only еѕѕеntіаl for thе іntеrіоr but fоr thе ехtеrіоr of your home, tоо. Done right, the lighting can make the outside feel as cosy and inviting as in. Down-lighting mounted in trees will provide ambience as will decorative string lights for those quiet evenings. Іn-buіlt lіghtѕ also fitted in external flooring will create a sense of соntіnuіty throughout.
One other tip for a seamless transition for indoor-outdoor living is to repeat a key theme that you have in your home, such as the colour scheme of the kitchen. This will create the same mood indoors and out and make the garden feel like part of the home. Matching flooring and cladding will also work well and are easy to share between both of the spaces.
If your garden is small but you’d like to make the most of this open-air trend, by making some simple tweaks you could end up creating a private and stylish retreat. For a courtyard garden, utilise every corner so the space is used to its full potential. Then introduce low planters that also double up as seating with cushions that match the plants. If your garden is small but you could do with more space, a large extension isn’t an option. An extension that opens to the side, however, is more realistic and very feasible. This type of extension will allow your guests to spill out into the garden when required, it’s also the best of both world’s and keeps you fully in tune with your outdoor space.
Thank you for reading this week’s post on indoor-outdoor living. If you dream of a seamless transition between your home and outdoors, at Kluk Construction we can help. A space you can enjoy all year round, even in winter providing you have throws and a patio heater, don’t wait until next summer to book, make the most of the outdoors now! Please get in touch to find out more.