Becoming One with Nature: How to Blend Indoor and Outdoor Living Spaces
Written by Caitlin Evans
When we think about our home, we usually imagine the walls enclosing it and separating it from the outdoor space. However, a home extends far beyond the living room and the entryway. It consists of every piece of your property, including the deck and the backyard.
The overall design of all living spaces has a deep impact on your subconsciousness and behavior. And as several studies have indicated, and as we all know by now, nature has a very positive effect on one’s mood and mindset. Enclosing yourself in four walls without any consideration of this means depriving yourself of clean air, positive emotions and well-being.
Designers all around the world, are, therefore, working on creating a natural flow between the interior and the exterior to create a seamless blend of these spaces. Here are some secrets you can steal from them.
Install Glass Patio Doors
Sliding glass doors connecting the patio with the interior are an ideal mean for creating a seamless flow between the inside and the outside of your home. Top-to-bottom glass lets the sunshine in and makes your whole home lit with warm and natural light (and saves you electricity too) while showcasing the view of your backyard and garden year round. To maximize on the commodious mood you are creating, choose minimalist frames that don’t take away from the view when closed.
Replace Walls with Glass
Use the same principle to introduce light and provide a view of the outdoors by installing more windows. Big glass windows will do wonders for your kitchen, study, and lounge, where you need plenty of light, and where you may keep plants which require several hours of direct sunlight a day.
If you want to break out from the traditional design, you can even opt for a full-length corner window which will make you feel as you are a part of the outdoor scenery. This is particularly recommended if you live by the ocean or the mountains.
Create Flow with Floors
Another way to blur the lines between the interior and the exterior is to use the same or similar looking floor materials. Using the same tiles continuously can create this effect easily, but you need to be careful when choosing the quality and the material because the ones used in the outdoor area should be more resistant to wear and tear and they need to be non-slip.
One material that looks amazing both indoors and outdoors is hardwood. This will also introduce an additional touch of nature inside because it will borrow some outdoor features to your interior design.
Speaking of bringing the outdoors in… Houseplants have always been an appealing design element, but lately, they have gained newfound fame with social media such as Instagram, and the countless studies discovering their health benefits. Houseplants freshen up the decor of every room, they purify the air and improve the overall mood. The only thing you need to do is to choose stylish pots and find which plants to use where. The plants that are good for the kitchen will not necessarily thrive in the bathroom and the best houseplants for the bedroom may not be the right choice for the living room.
“Synchronize” the Furniture
When the idea of indoors and outdoors being divided with a clear boundary still ruled the world of the design, these two environments combined very different styles of furniture. The main requirement for the indoor furniture was the comfort, while the outdoor pieces had to be resistant and practical. Now, we aspire to balance, which can be achieved through same or similar color schemes and materials.
Wood is always a good option because it feels natural to both environments, but depending on your design style, you can also go with wicker and plastic. Also, there are so many excellent outdoor products made of enduring and easy-to-maintain textiles, so you can create the cozy “indoorsy” feel outside too.
The smoother the transition between the exterior and the interior, the easier it will be to use the outdoor area for family and other gatherings. The more outdoor elements you introduce into your home, the more connected with nature you will feel. The benefits of this design approach are numerous and compared to what you’re getting, it is fairly easy to implement. So, don’t wait for a second longer to extend your home to the entirety of your property, you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
About the Author:
Caitlin is a student and a blogger. Her fields of expertise cover lifestyle and well-being-related topics. Lately, Caitlin is quite interested in the psychology behind the design and the impact that living spaces are having on our well-being. She is always happy to share her insights by collaborating with other bloggers. Caitlin is happily addicted to art in all its forms, grilled tofu, and long walks.