The garden has become the space that we can easily escape to at the moment. It’s also become the place where we can connect, at a safe distance with family and friends at home.
Treating your garden no matter how small, as an overflow of your living space will add a whole new dimension and a lot of value to your home. Here are 5 easy ways to bring the inside out and the outside into your home.
Choice of finishes
Enhance the connection between inside and outside by creating as unified as space as possible. Blurring the lines by continuing floor finishes, wall treatments and roof structures between the two areas so that you can’t easily define where the one space ends and the other begins. Running the same or a similar floor tile from inside to outside is a great way to achieve this kind of flow but it’s important that the level from inside to outside is the same to really create a seamless connection.
When you extend your living space outside, you gain additional living space and by carrying the internal finishes outside you create the illusion of both your internal and external spaces feeling larger. Custom-built furniture such as benches will feel more integrated than more traditional patio furniture. This is a particularly good idea for smaller gardens and the space under a bench can be used for storage. Integrate planters and lighting to complete the look.
When choosing colours for your interior taking inspiration from your garden really helps to bring the outside in. Green is a fantastic accent colour and works really well in any room, use it in cushions or art work to instantly give your space the feeling of connecting with the outdoors.
Exterior lighting is a great way to create ambience and means you can spend more time outdoors in the evening. Planting lights are a lovely way to highlight any nice plants or trees in your garden. Wall lights are very effective in patio spaces and great for highlighting any nice architectural features.
Decorative lighting is an easy and inexpensive way to dress up any area – solar powered garland style lights are easy to install and will give a lovely soft glow. Remember that by lighting your outdoor space, you will be maintaining the connection between inside and out during the darker months of the year and at night, as rather than looking at black glass you’ll be looking out onto a beautifully lit space.
Comfort is key
Make any seating area as comfortable as possible. Use cushions and throws to encourage lounging. A great idea for small outdoor spaces is to use floor cushions as seating – they won’t take up too much space and can be easily stored away or even used indoors during the colder months. Outdoor rugs are great for covering up unsightly surfaces and help to define a space. Making your outdoor space just as cosy as your living room will encourage you to start to spend more time outside. With our unpredictable weather keep a pile of throws handy to ward off any evening chills.
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