If you live in an area where the weather is pleasant all year long, you probably like spending a lot of time in your backyard. Maybe you sometimes wish that it could be connected with your indoor living space for improved flow and visual appeal. Well, you’re in luck! Such a thing is possible so keep on reading for some inspiration to help you link your indoor and outdoor space.
Swap walls for windows
In order to connect your indoor living space with the outside environment, you will need to let in as much natural light as possible. Furthermore, if you could get a view of your backyard, that would be a nice plus. The best way to create such an effect is to replace solid walls with glass ones.
Whether you choose French windows, entire glass walls, or floor-to-ceiling folding glass panels, you will be able to create a link with your natural surroundings. What is more, you can also consider a glass roof or a skylight that will make the sky a part of the room. Additionally, if you need to create an illusion of a bigger space, make the most of mirrors by strategically placing them around the room as they will reflect the outdoor space as well.
Use the same flooring materials
Besides using glass that will create no obstacles for the visual flow, you can also use the same flooring material indoors and outdoors. You can choose tiles, concrete, or hardwood floors, it’s up to you; just make sure that you choose an option that is suitable for various weather conditions.
You want it to be slip-resistant and frost-proof to prevent accidents. Remember to use the same color for the grout as well as that will help connect the space and draw the eye outside. Avoid having visible thresholds by installing recessed base tracks and frames. If you choose to use the space for different activities, you can also apply a different finish to each area.
Add a covered structure right outside
To be able to use the outdoor space regardless of the weather, you should think about adding a covered structure to the side of the house where your living room is. That way, you will be able to walk out of your indoor living space outside without worrying about rain or the harmful sun rays.
Not only will you be protecting yourself but your belongings as well. You can add a permanent roof to the structure or something retractable that you can collapse when you want. With that in mind, your options range from umbrellas and parasols to awnings and pergolas.
Choose appropriate furniture
Just like with other design elements, you also need to consider furniture that compliments both the interior and the exterior of your house. As stated above, try to adopt a similar color scheme for the wall and furniture so the two spaces can completely merge.
The right patio furniture can also help. No matter if you prefer loungers, sofas, deck chairs or armchairs, pick something that can work in both spaces (just be careful with your choice of material for outdoor furniture, you want something durable and weather-resistant). Finish the look with some decorative pillows and chunky throws for extra warmth and coziness.
Repeat design elements
By introducing glass walls and using the same flooring, you are eliminating the borders between the inside and outside space. However, there are some other hacks you can apply to enhance this seamless transition. Repeating certain design elements in the interior and exterior part of your living space is just one of them.
For instance, you can add a LED outdoor TV that can withstand various weather conditions and allow you to watch a movie or sports game you started inside without any interruptions. Finally, you can also create cohesion by using similar colors. Here’s an idea: match your indoor printed wallpaper with your outdoor carpet.
Focus on the lighting
It’s important that you don’t forget about lighting. To make the outdoors cozy just like the indoors, you can use steady or twinkling outdoor string lights or decorative lanterns. For an even homelier vibe, check out outdoor tables and floor lamps for late-night reading sessions or a game of cards with friends.
See if you can find a similar design for the interior and exterior fixtures so that you connect the two areas in that way as well. Opt for soft-glow bulbs that will complement the inside light nicely and not create a huge contrast.
Create an outdoor focal point
Adding a focal point to your outdoor space is a smart trick designers use to create a seamless transition between interior and exterior. For example, you can add an attractive sculpture, a tiny fountain, or an interesting piece of landscaping. Your focal point will draw the focus of the eye on the exterior when you’re inside and expand the line of vision, thus creating an illusion of a larger space—it’s a win-win situation.
Tie everything together with greenery
Lastly, you can also take something from the outside and bring it in. That’s right, you need some greenery in your indoor living space to tie everything together. Try to incorporate something sizable if you have the room as that will create the best effect.
However, even a few tall potted plants can do the trick. If you’re not sure which plants to pick, you can surely ask the staff of your local nursery. Adding greenery to your living space, especially to a spot where the house meets the garden is a good way to merge the two spaces and create a “space-stretching” effect.
If you’re looking for ways how you can connect your indoor and outdoor living space, these six can go a long way! And don’t think you have to incorporate all of them in your home right away. Pick a few that fit your budget and your property and you will end up with great results you can build on later.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.