When the chilly winter hits, it’s nice to daydream of summer and everything warm and sunny that comes with it. One of the best ways to enjoy the summer season in your home is embracing your outdoor area and blending it with your indoor space.
Creating a seamless transition between your home’s interior and exterior spaces increases your living space and brings tons of natural light into your home. Indoor/outdoor living spaces make for the perfect summer entertainment areas and ensure your family and guests can enjoy your home to the fullest. It’s never too early to start planning for summer! Use these tips to create the perfect indoor/outdoor living space for your home.
Decide How You’ll Use The Combined Space
There are plenty of ways you can use your combined indoor/outdoor space. Perhaps you want to go all out and create an outdoor kitchen area. Or maybe you want to be able to walk out to a gorgeous outdoor dining space. You can also consider using your outdoor space as a cozy relaxation area, and add an outdoor fireplace. Deciding how you’ll use the area is the first step to creating your dream indoor/outdoor space.
Choose Connecting Materials
You want your indoor/outdoor living spaces to flow seamlessly, giving the illusion of one big space. One of the best ways to do this is choosing connecting materials. Flooring is the most essential design element that can link your two spaces. A wooden kitchen floor leading out to a matching decked area creates unison and flow. You may also extend a wood planked ceiling from your indoor to outdoor space to connect them.
Connect Your Space with the Right Opening
Another important aspect to consider is how you’ll connect your indoor/outdoor space. Large patio doors or movable walls are key to creating an indoor/outdoor entertaining space. A folding window wall, bi-fold doors or accordion doors are all great options. They allow for a smooth transition with few or no barriers between the spaces.
Keep Consistency in Your Decor
To ensure unison and flow, you should also decorate your indoor/outdoor living space with a similar vibe and design elements. Keep consistency between the two spaces; use similar colours and furniture styles so everything works together.
Cover Your Outdoor area
If you want your outdoor area to function properly as indoor/outdoor space, covering it will likely be your best bet. You don’t want the blazing hot sun beaming down on your guests and you want to be able to enjoy your outdoor space even if it’s drizzling rain outside. Make sure your patio is at least partially covered with either a solid roof structure, a pergola, or a canopy.
If an indoor/outdoor living space is right up your alley, start planning now for the summer! Use these steps to create a space that flows seamlessly from your interior to exterior!