Summer is finally here! And with the weekend heatwave on the horizon, there is nothing nicer than throwing open the doors into the garden, and letting the sunshine flood into the home. I dream of one day have the kitchen extension done, so we can have some bi-fold doors out into the garden, making the space one whole room on beautiful days. Magical right?
So how do you create a seamless looking space, where the inside and outside compliment each other. Here are a few tips in creating that perfect look:
How to create a seamless garden / living space
Add wall to wall doors
Bi-fold doors with narrow framing are a popular choice for creating a seamless indoor outdoor link, with many styles, colours and sizes available. All are a great option for letting the light in.
French doors work well on period properties, and they let in twice as much light as a window, while Art Deco or warehouse-style Crittall windows work well as a pair of doors between glazed side panels.
Consider your choice of flooring
Flush thresholds are key as by recessing base tracks and frames into flooring, your furniture can span the threshold, and there is nothing that you have to step over. Using the same flooring inside and out is an age-old trick to make the inside feel bigger.
For a twist on this, try the same material treated with a different texture outside, such as tiles in the same shade and size, but with a honed finish. I adore large tiled floors, that can be used inside and out. If you can’t use the same flooring, then opt for a similar shade.
You want to use garden furniture that looks like they belong indoors, and vice versa. Why not forgo the typical garden bistro set, and look to dining chairs and lounge chairs that are waterproof. Plastic chairs, or even faux leather can be used outside. Decorate the outside space as you would a lounge… create nooks of seating, with special outside adapted lighting.
Think about how you use the space
Entertaining, cooking, gardening, kids playing, lounging…. all are key elements for a kitchen/garden space. Why not incorporate an outside kitchen down one side. I adore the outdoor kitchen by Dutch brand Wwoo. Available in white or black, these are super cool and stylish. Pizza anyone?
Finally, limit your garden to a simple palette. Don’t go overboard with a million plants and colours, the coolest gardens are soothing on the eye. I adore gardens which are just 2 or 3 colours, and one of those of course is green!
Now, pass me a beer, I’m firing up the bbq….
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