How to Create Seamless Indoor to Outdoor Living
By: Laitiah Huynh
August 03, 2022

Australian's love open plan living. It fits our environment and hectic way of life. The idea of "free flow" living zones allows families to interact freely while providing room for individual activities and relaxation. Outdoor entertaining is part of our culture which has grown to be one of our favourite ways to spend time with family and friends. It's a terrific way to relax and unwind after a long day at the office.

The outdoor living area is an important part of many Australian homeowners' homes. We spent more time in our own homes last couple of years than we may have ever done before, and as a result, many Australians are reevaluating how they use their homes and making adjustments to maximise the functionality and usefulness of their living spaces, both indoors and out. One of the most fundamental changes in contemporary interior design is the idea of various blended living zones, which many Australians are adopting across the nation.

1. Planning

Planning is always worthwhile. Consider how you want to utilise the space: it should be large enough for you to move around comfortably, with room for your family, visitors, and furniture. If it's too big, your garden area could be affected; if it's too little, it will appear to be a hastily put together area. The ability to see the area will help you to clarify your thoughts and enable you to change your plans until they seem right.

2. Choose a Theme

Both areas will benefit from having a single design theme that extends from the inside of your home to the exterior. To eliminate any visual boundaries and create a seamless transition between the two, choose colours, styles, and finishes that can be utilised in both spaces.

3. Let There Be Light

The secret to designing a beautifully integrated indoor/outdoor living space is to flood your home with natural light. There are several techniques to achieve this lighty, bright and airy feel:

Glass Doors: There are several different styles of glass doors that have gained popularity for merging indoor and outdoor living spaces in perfect harmony. When it comes to providing for the most light and circulation, bi-folds, stacker doors, and sliding doors are all excellent choices.

Glass Panels: Glass panels or large windows can be used in place of brick and mortar when physical barriers are required, allowing the sky and garden views to become a part of the space!

4. Universal Flooring

Another great technique to create an open living space is with continuous flooring. Select a material that can be used in both zones to attract the eye from the inside to the outside, bridging the space between the two. Another subtle method to take down barriers between the two sections is to keep the floor level.

5. Add Some Greenery

In addition to the health advantages of having plants inside, adding some greenery will blur the line between the home and the garden. Introduce some attractive indoor plants to your home to help you and your family feel more connected to nature. There are a lot of lovely, low-maintenance plants that will brighten up your common areas.

6. Furnishings

Another great approach to celebrate harmony in your open living areas is by pairing indoor and outdoor furnishings. Select materials that work well in both settings. Decorate lavishly with rugs, throws, and cushions because these soft furnishings may elevate your living space and create a homey atmosphere.

You must take the specifics of your local climate into account when selecting your outdoor furniture. Select items that are sturdy, well-made, and, if at all possible, minimal maintenance.

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Laitiah Huynh
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