Modern homes are getting smarter every day, both in terms of technology implemented and smart interior and exterior design solutions. Despite these innovations, a large number of residential structures still displays a sharp contrast between indoor and outdoor space.
It is as if these were two different sides of the same property, usually separated by a thin glass pane. Homeowners who have been able to successfully link indoor and outdoor space now benefit from a larger area that is more functional than it was before the change.
Perhaps the most effective way to connect the interior of your house to the patio and (hopefully) the pool outside is to install sliding floor-to-ceiling doors and windows. Such a wall of glass is transparent but it offers better insulation during the winter months than a curtain or a window shade.
What is more, the glass allows you to visually connect both spaces, provided you keep the panes spotless. The sliding function of the doors and windows allows you to open up space during summer, so the distinction between indoors and outdoors is lost completely.
Make house extend into the backyard through landscaping
It is not enough to simply open or remove all the walls, doors, and windows between the house and the backyard. You can never create a uniform space without provoking the feeling that the garden is a natural extension to the house. The texture and the colors on the inside should continue on the outside.
This is best achieved through landscaping, as the color of the lawn should vaguely match the color of the kitchen carper. Furthermore, if you have predominantly oval shapes inside the house, you can trim the hedge and the canopies outside in roughly the same shapes.
Encroach the garden or the pool
Instead of linking indoor and outdoor space, you can have the interior literally encroach the exterior. Such a design solution is suitable for estates that have limited space outside, i.e. when the yard is minuscule in size when compared to the house. There are countless variations to this design, as the pool can feature an island in the middle with a tree or a lawn. The possibilities are really endless once you decide to incorporate the tiny garden into the interior.
A sliding glass wall comprised of windows and doors is pretty much possible only at the backside of the house because this area is directly connected to the garden. It would be ludicrous to have more than one glass façade on the house, so you need to come up with a way to bring the outdoors indoors without jeopardizing privacy or safety.
Believe it or not but the best solution is simply bigger windows. Yes, the standard double-glazed ones as Prestige Plus make them will do just fine for the side facades and the front of the house. The bigger the panes, the more natural light will come inside and when you open them in summer, it feels like the yard outside and the rooms inside are becoming one.
The same level of light at night
Apart from various décor solutions, you can apply, you shouldn’t neglect the lighting at night. If you truly wish to blend the indoors with the outdoors, then their levels of nightlight need to match. The easiest way to achieve this is to install identical light features inside and outside the house. However, if you’re not certain how the light appears from distance, take an object as a reference point and observe its shadow inside and outside the house.
Use the same materials on the inside and the outside
We’ve mentioned that the colors and texture should be similar inside and outside the house. In addition to these two factors, the materials both sides of the house are made of should be the same. For example, the floor of the dining room can be made from wood and the floorboards should extent outside, forming the floor of the patio or the poolside.
Also, go for natural materials, like hardwood floors made from bamboo that are cheap, easy to install, and sourced from renewable forests. If possible, the walls of the kitchen should extent at least a meter inside the yard, to add the impression that the outdoor space is “inside.” Finally, the furniture outside the house should be bought to match the chairs, tables, and sofas found on the inside of the house.
As you have seen from our examples, linking your indoor space to the yard or garden outside is not that hard. You need to take about materials, furniture, colors, and lighting levels in order to create a seamless transition in terms of interior and exterior design and the balance between them.