When you want to be able to create the perfect home for your family, the decor really matters. Sometimes, you can focus more on your everyday lives and your routines for family happiness and satisfaction. When really, your home is such a huge part of all of your lives, and it really can add to your happiness. After all, you spend most of your time there. It’s definitely important that you can work in the right decor to make you all happier. However, when a lot of people first think about their decor, they tend to just think about the interiors, but one of the best ways to make everything work and flow together is to consider the outdoors too!
If you simply love the outdoors, this is great inspiration to help you to create interiors that make you feel like you’re still outside. For a lot of people, there’s also a lot of satisfaction in bringing the outside in. It can really transform your interiors and how you feel when you’re in the house too. So if you’re currently thinking about renovating, but you have no idea where to start or what kind of ideas to go with, each of these sections will help you to make this work.
How to bring the outside in
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So first up, we have the outdoor decking area of your home, as this really is the perfect place for you to blend nature and interiors.
Allowing the decor to flow
When you’re thinking about creating your own decking area, or renovating a deck that you already have, it’s kind of nice to allow it to flow from the space that it’s connecting too. A lot of people will have a deck leading out from their living space or kitchen. So this is going to be the decor that you want to keep in mind (perhaps after you renovate those spaces). This can be a really simple way to blend the outside and inside. Keep the same colourways and design elements. Being able to step directly out onto the deck at the same level will really make it feel like it’s a part of the room.
Choose natural materials
As you’re choosing the designs, one of the ways that you can make this feel really calming and allow you to really blend both sections, is to make sure that you’re using natural materials here. Take a look at wooden deck designs that you might find inspiring, and see how you can make the deck look very natural, calming, and so that it kind of fits perfectly with both your interiors and your backyard too. Greens, blues, sage and duck-egg colourways are perfect to blend outdoors with in.
Work with plants & flowers
Next, you’re definitely going to want to add plants and flowers to both the deck and the room it leads to. If you’re going with a very natural feeling for the space, then you need to get your choices right. Look at great planting for the deck ideas that will allow you to make this feel very calm and natural. You don’t want to go too crazy and look like a florist!
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One room in the house that can be really great to bring the outside in to is the kitchen, especially if it looks onto the garden, or even opens onto the deck. A natural kitchen design can really allow you to bring the idea of growing your own produce alive.
A neutral base
So first of all, you’re going to want to make sure that you get the base right. If you want to bring the outside in, you need to make sure that the colours work for that. So nothing too bright or crazy here! A really great option here is to just stick to white. White is bright, natural, and it also allows you to build upon it. Do the same with the cupboards and counters and you’ve got a neutral base, like a blank canvas, to work with. Natural wood and greenery looks amazing with white and will really start to bring the outdoors in.
Next up, you might like to think about really minimizing the space as much as possible. If you have a ton of clutter on the counter, it’s going to mean that it kind of distracts from the decor. But, if you can keep the space minimal and ensure that things all have their own place, it’s going to allow the natural decor to speak for itself. Choose minimal furniture and decor too.
And, of course, you really do have to work in some greenery when you want to blend the outside with your interiors! So take a look at some of the best houseplants for the kitchen that you could work in here. When you bring in plants and flowers and different greenery, it can make it feel so natural as if you’re blending the garden with your home. Bringing nature indoors has the added bonus of boosting your mood too.
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Then, you may want to bring in a touch of nature into your living space to make it feel a little more calming and natural.
Working with light
To really make sure that you can get the calming feel of nature and the outside into your living space, you need to work with light. If your living room is really dark, it won’t always feel that calm – and it won’t really embody nature. So make the most of the natural light that you have, and then try to manipulate light in other ways. By bringing in more lighting, mirrors, and light colours, it will work in your favour.
Using natural fabrics
Now, just like you brought in natural materials (and natural colours) on the deck, you should definitely do the same with the fabrics in your living space. So here, something to think about is the choices of fabrics that you’re making, and where. From the material of your couch to the flooring to the furniture you work in, you can really make sure that you bring in fabrics that make your space feel natural and calm, and that it blends well with the outside space you have. Choose natural fabrics where possible such as canvas and wooden bases/legs.
Creating a theme
And finally for your living space, you may find that you get the look and feel that you want when you stick to a theme. Think about the kind of prints you could put on the walls or the patterned fabrics that you use, or even the art on the walls that can tie into a theme that feels very natural for you. Think leaves, green, wildlife and plants.
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A space that is really great to blend the interiors and the outside is with your garage, though it’s often overlooked. Renovating this space can really help you to make the most of it. You can start by using these ideas.
Picking a natural door
So the first thing to do is to make sure that you make sure that the door you use works with your overall outside-inside blending theme. If you have a metal door, it may look too modern or just take away from the natural feel overall. Metal can give off a cold industrial vibe rather than a natural vibe. Instead you’re going to want to look at options like timber garage doors that will allow you to continue on blending.
Sprucing the space
Most of us use our garage for storage as well as, or instead of, storing their car. So it can get cluttered! Give it a clear out, then work on sprucing the area. By painting the walls in a brighter colour like white, it’s going to make the space fit more with every other room, and also allow you to connect the interiors to the outside even more. With a lick of paint and a wooden door it will really start to blend with the rest of the home. Use natural wooden shelves and seagrass baskets for storage to stick with a nature theme.
Giving your garage a purpose
Make sure that you have a set purpose for your garage too. If you know that it ends up being a dumping ground and totally lacks organisation, then why not work in more organised storage? If the rest of your home gets cluttered then making room for storage here allows you to keep the rest of the house in check.
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And last but not least, you’ve then got the outside itself to work on.
Making use of your garden
First things first – you want to make sure you can really make use of your garden. That it’s a place you want to be. Not a forgotten piece of land that turns to overgrown grass and weeds. To do this, take a look at different backyard design ideas that inspire you. Then think about all of the different sections that you could use – for example a vegetable patch, a patio, a seating area, an outside dining area, a lawn, flowerbeds, and so on. Once you start imagining a purpose for each part of your garden then you can start designing each section.
Creating a dining space
If your decking area isn’t used for dining, then this is what you’ll want to work in next. Outdoor dining areas really allow you to feel like you’ve gained a second living space outside, and that you’re bringing more out the inside out. These are particularly great if they are sheltered as you can use them in all weather and never have an excuse for not using your outdoor areas.
Focus on enjoyment
Lastly, you absolutely want to be sure that you can all enjoy the outside space that you have. So make sure that you’re creating sections in the garden that will allow you to really get the use out of the space. Do you want to ask your children what they want? Do you want to bring in water? Do you need more seating areas? Just make sure that all of your landscaping ideas allow you to really enjoy and make the most of the outside space you have.
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