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5 Tips On How To Merge Indoor And Outdoor Living Spaces

Being in nature inspires us, charges us up, and contributes to our physical and mental health. A great way to improve your day-to-day life is to have an outdoor living space. Besides, it will also extend your home and add functional space.

Normally people assign only one role to outdoor living as a lounge place; however, it’s much more than that. Outdoor living space can be a home office, a dining room, a workshop, and more. But it’s important to remember that outdoor space is not an attachment, it’s an integral part of the total design of a home.

Today we’ll talk about how to diffuse the border between outdoor and indoors. Here are five main tips:

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  1. Push the boundaries
  2. Create the transition
  3. Make the floor match
  4. Maintain stylistic unity
  5. Play with light

Conclusion

1. Push the boundaries

The first thing to do for merging outdoor and indoor spaces is to remove the border between them by placing panoramic glass doors with thin profiles.

It will allow you to enjoy the view of your flourishing garden and a beautiful sky on days and nights from inside your home, and equally, while being outdoors, you’ll see what’s going on inside the house. This visual connection is the key to successful design.

Glass elements are able to provide a spatial and visual continuity, thus welcoming nature inside. They also give more natural light to your interior and add a sense of space. We’re using this approach in our current projects, Norfolk House and Eden House.

5 Tips On How To Merge Indoor And Outdoor Living Spaces
Eden House, WindsorPatania Architects
5 Tips On How To Merge Indoor And Outdoor Living Spaces
Norfolk House, WindsorPatania Architects

2. Create the transition

An outdoor room, a sun canopy, or a bioclimatic pergola work well as an extension of a home and transition between interior and exterior. This space will function as the all-seasons room where you can enjoy the beauty of nature no matter what’s going on behind the windows. In unpredictable UK weather, it could be an ideal solution.

5 Tips On How To Merge Indoor And Outdoor Living Spaces
Eden House, WindsorPatania Architects

3. Make the floor match

The extent to which the flooring matches, can make a huge difference to how outdoor and indoor spaces flow into one another. If possible, the most suitable choice is to use the same material, for example, polished concrete or stone. But if not, there are still ways to make an uninterrupted floor. Whether it is wood, stones, marble mosaic, or pebbles, be sure that it fits the floor indoors by color, pattern, and feel.

One small detail that can make a significant difference visually: ideally the grout between tiles is the same color both outdoor and indoor. It’s important to be aware of the characteristics of the materials as well considering their use outdoors; they should be slip-resistant, fit for use in all weather conditions, long-lasting, and aesthetical.

5 Tips On How To Merge Indoor And Outdoor Living Spaces
Eden House, WindsorPatania Architects

4. Maintain stylistic unity

Outdoor living is an integral part of the total design, therefore it’s important to keep the same color scheme of the interior and use the same-styled furniture pieces.

Another way is to bring some elements from inside to the outside, and vice versa, like plants, textiles, artworks, or décor pieces. They should not necessarily be totally identical; you can still play with textures and styles but try to keep them consistent and echoing.

Adding greenery to the interior, in fact, is one of the simplest but most effective ways to do this. It will create an impression of an uninterrupted large space where nature meets interior.

5. Play with light

In outdoor living, focus on natural light in first instance. But don’t forget to add some lighting to make the space functional even at night. Ideally, choose lighting according to the main function: if the space is purposed for an active pastime, use solid and bright sources, but if you want to create a calming and relaxing living area, opt for diffused and soft lights.

Try to maintain stylistic unity and lighting scenarios by use of same-shaped lighting indoor and outdoor, for example, minimalist spheres could work well. And always remember to check whether the lights you’re about to use outdoors are matching safety requirements.

Conclusion

An outdoor space can be much more than a seasonal attachment. It can help to create a unique and holistic design for a sustainable home, welcoming nature inside. It’s more natural for us, humans, than we think.

Applying sustainable, nice-to-touch materials (floor, walls, and textile) and minimalist style furniture in both spaces could facilitate the joining of indoors and outdoors as well as create a cozy environment that improves our wellbeing.

If you want to discover more about what we do and our sustainability-first mentality Architectural practice, visit our website www.windsorpatania.com via our contact form.

Originally published in Velvet Magazine | June Edition 2022

Ryan Windsor

Ryan Windsor

(Development Direct, Co-Founder at WindsorPatania Architects) Ryan Windsor is a property developer and entrepreneur who has invested in the industry for 15 years. Graduated from Cambridge University Judge Business School, currently advising on large capital projects and consulting over 730 projects. Ryan is passionate about social entrepreneurship, mentoring, and founding adviser for multiple start-ups. His experience gives him the expertise to guide you through your development journey.

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5 Tips On How To Merge Indoor And Outdoor Living Spaces

Normally people assign only one role to outdoor living as a lounge place; however, it’s much more than that. Outdoor living space can be a home office, a dining room, a workshop, and more. But it’s important to remember that outdoor space is…