Do you want to make the most out of your garden for the summer months and beyond? Creating a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors will allow you to maximise the size of your living space and create a harmonious connection between your internal and external areas. It doesn’t matter how big or small your land is, there are a number of ways you can open your home up to nature and achieve a functional outdoor ‘room’.
These top tips will hopefully help and inspire you to achieve that seamless transition…
Open up your space with bifold doors
Glazing is an important element when it comes to the overall look and design of your home, and can have a huge impact on your living space. In order to create a smooth transition from your interior to you exterior, you will need to consider your floor plan, the logistics of your home, and whether any changes could be made to enhance the connection between the two areas.
Bifold doors are a superb way of letting more natural light into your home and making the most of your garden. Thanks to their accordion-style folding design, they can fully open up, blurring the lines between inside and outside.
These bifold doors from Kloeber create a bright and airy, open living space…
Echo your interior design outside
Another clever trick for enhancing your outdoor area and the harmony of your two living spaces, is to echo your interior design outside. Extend your living area and treat your garden as another room in the home. Mirror your interior design with your exterior design, for example, if your home is abundant with bohemian style homeware (think Berber style rugs, tasselled cushions, throws and macramé) bring this outside. This will ensure the ambience and mood of your home will flow through to your exterior too, and create a continuous overall theme. Consider items such as outdoor rugs, throws, patterned pouffes and pillows.
Create privacy with greenery
Enjoy an intimate setting to entertain guests and spend time with your family. Greenery is a great way to add privacy and create sections within your outdoor space. Potted plants, trees and hedges will allow you to create a cosy corner for wining and dining. Plants, however, are not just for the outside and house plants will give life to your living room, bedroom, or kitchen. Not only will they look great but you can enjoy a better quality of living thanks to their stress relieving properties and natural ability to purify the air.
Add light to your outdoor space
It’s a simple idea, but it will have a significant impact on your garden area! Light up your outdoor space with cosy twinkling lights. Drape fairy-lights around your greenery, or why not light up your pathway with lit torches? A warmly lit garden will create an ambient and romantic feel to enjoy on those balmy summer evenings.
Think about garden features
Give as much thought to your outdoor furniture, as you would your indoor furniture. Once you’ve found the perfect seating, whether that be a rustic table and chairs or comfortable and contemporary egg chair for your garden, consider an eye-catching feature to really finish off the look. Water features are a lovely addition to the exterior of your home, and will create a peaceful and tranquil environment that really utilises and gives purpose to your external living space. Creating a focal point, this can also give the illusion of a bigger area, so why not think about adding a fountain or Japanese inspired water feature to your garden?