Creating an outdoor living area that feels like an extension of your indoor space makes for a seamless and unified transition. It’s a synthesis of style that blends outdoor and indoor living.
If you focus on your outdoor living space as much as your indoor design style, you’ll gain a welcoming look that makes it easy to glide effortlessly from indoors to outdoors and back. You’ll find that you use your outdoor space more, whether it’s a deck, terrace, garden or large backyard.
So many materials work well both for indoors and out, including teak, stainless steel, rattan, wicker, easy-care fabrics, glass and more. Focus on beauty, as well as function, for your outdoor living elements, so they don’t look like an afterthought, but rather a design style that’s coordinated with your interior decorating plan.
Some design ideas to link your adjacent indoor and outdoor spaces include:
- Use similar colors, materials and styles inside and out.
- Introduce a few soft surfaces outdoors, such as rugs, throw pillows and soft upholstery.
- Hang soft, translucent window fashions that make the outdoors look closer.
- Add matching accent pieces indoors and out, including table linens, lanterns, candles and flower arrangements.
- Plan adequate sun covering outdoors, using umbrellas, awnings or a built shading structure, so you’re willing to keep the windows and window treatments open without sun damage to furniture and floors.
- Use ceramic stools, durable tables and easy-clean dining chairs that you can move in and out as the need arises.