An emerging trend we are seeing is the melding of indoor living space with outdoor living space. This is allowing you to expand your living area, which is especially convenient for homes with a smaller floor plan.
The important thing to remember when combining the indoors with the outdoors is that there is a natural flow, stylistically and structurally. Most living areas are situated at the posterior of homes so this should architecturally be feasible for most already. Large floor to ceiling glass sliding doors are not only stunning but they are a surefire way to achieve the natural structural flow from indoor living to outdoor living.
Gone are the days of the plastic patio tables and chairs; outdoor furniture settings have come a long way in recent years, combining indoor styles with durable outdoor materials. From sofas to rugs, table and chairs to beanbags, there is a whole range of outdoor living furniture to choose from, making it ever so easy to align the style of your indoor living to your outdoor living.
Open plan living has been a big trend for the last decade and it is here to stay. Gone are the days of separate kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms and why not transfer this trend to the outdoors? Outdoor kitchens are marvelous for the ardent entertainer, providing additional cooking components and an abundance of storage and surface area.
A seamless approach to the outdoor kitchen is to have it as an extension of your indoor kitchen. Using the same cabinetry, splash back and floor tiles only to be separated by a floor to ceiling sliding door or a kitchen bench with bi-folding windows.
Whether you have ocean views, a wooded backdrop or you’re inner city and only have a small yard, your view to the outdoors can maximize your interior. When planning your landscaping you want to plan it from inside the house as well as outside and vice versa if the landscape is a natural one. If you live near the ocean, your interior palate is likely going to be light and breezy to accent your surroundings. Just like living in a wooded area would see your interiors adopting more earthy tones. For urban areas, choose flora that is easy to maintain and maybe a water feature that can help transport you from the hustle and bustle of the inner city to a calming environment.