At One with Nature: How to Successfully Blend Your Outdoor and Indoor Living Space

There’s nothing like the great outdoors and when it’s on your doorstep, it’s important that you make the most of it. Whether you live in a climate that boasts warm temperatures all year round or you’re nestled up in a colder area but one that’s full of natural beauty, you’ll no doubt want to make the most of this stunning outdoor space within your own home.

By opening up your home to the outdoor space you have, it can remove the need for extensive remodelling or restructuring of your existing property. Instead, you’re able to utilize your outside space, using it in the warmer weather whilst also creating a more spacious feel within your home. Here are some simple ways you can create these outdoors inside spaces:


Install Patio Doors

To bring the outside in and to add to the open plan living space you already have, why not install some patio doors (where your window is) or create even bigger patio doors if you’ve already got these. These help to add to the feeling of space within your home but without adding significant charges onto the remodelling you’re doing.

There are a wide range of doors available, from sliding doors to bi-folding ones, enabling you to choose something that is in-fitting with your property and its design. To maximize on the spacious feeling you are creating, opt for minimalistic frames that don’t detract from the view when closed. This is also a great idea if you have a restaurant that has some outside space too, as this enables customers to enjoy the good weather but without eating outside. And when teamed with commercial air conditioning, this creates a very happy medium for your customers.


Match the Floors Inside with Those Outside

To create fluidity, you can level up the flooring within your home and in your outside space. So rather than stepping down to your garden, you can step straight outside. If you can match the flooring that you’ve got outside with what’s inside, you can also add to this indoor-outdoor feeling as this will tie in both spaces wonderfully.

When choosing this material for your floors, it’s a good idea to opt for a non-natural material as this will lower the amount of maintenance you need to do. If you use a natural material, like wood, you’ll find that the flooring outside will change colour over time as it is exposed to all weathers. Porcelain tiles are a great alternative and can be used both inside and outside without one changing colour. Opt for different textures to ensure that you get a slip-resistant finish outside and a softer finish inside which will feel nicer underfoot.


Create a Versatile Outdoor Living Space

It’s important that you can enjoy your outdoor living space as much as possible, which is why it’s a good idea to try and make this space usable all year round. If you live in a warm climate, this might not be as much of a concern for you, but it’s still a good idea to install some shelter from the sun. Equally, if rain is quite frequent where you live, a roofed area will enable you to continue using your outdoor space even when the weather’s not on your side. Or, install an awning that can be pulled out as and when it’s required.


Add the Finishing Touches to Your Garden

To make sure your garden is a space you want to live in just as much as you do your home, you’ll need to place items of furniture the garden that bring the inside out. Dining sets, chairs, garden sofas and hammocks are all great ways of utilizing your modern outside space. And don’t forget that all-important lighting as this will add to the ambiance on an evening and will help you to make the most of dining outdoors too. Fire pits or garden fireplaces are also a great addition, particularly when it starts to get chilly at night.


By creating this simple fluidity between your home and your garden, you can be at one with nature, making the most of all of the spaces your property provides you with. This not only helps to create a more tranquil feeling within your home but can also add to the spaciousness of it, drawing the eyes outside rather than restricting them within four walls. With a few simple touches, you could be enjoying al fresco dining all year round in no time at all!

Mike King has been involved in the Perth Air Conditioning industry for over 21 years. In 2015 he decided to only supply and install Actron Air Conditioners. These systems are built with the harsh Australian Climate in mind and as a result out perform all foreign designed systems. He has built his business on the motto “If it’s not good enough to be used in our home we won’t use it in yours.”


Author: Maja Markovski


A 35-year-old female architect with a passion for innovative, sustainable design. I blend creativity and functionality to transform spaces into beautiful, practical environments.


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