When you begin to plan your landscaping endeavor, it is not just the outdoors you need to think about. What kind of view do you want to create for yourself when you look outside? Do you want your house’s interior design to flow seamlessly outside? Consider these tips if you want the best marriage between your indoor and outdoor space:
It is common that your outdoor space will connect to your kitchen or living area. If you truly want to blend the two together, then echo your indoor design on your new outdoor area. If you are building a patio, use a similar pattern for your deck as you have on your indoor floors. If you are planning for outdoor furniture or décor, buy items in the same colour scheme or fabric.
When you’re doing outdoor landscaping, it probably seems like common sense to be outside when you’re looking over your space. However, the best place to start is inside looking outside. You may have a window over your kitchen sink that leaves you staring outside every day while you do the dishes. Your dining area may have you (and your guests!) gazing outside for every meal. What do you want to see when you look out there? Think about where you want everything laid out. Shrubbery may seem perfect along the edge of your house but you may want to extend it further so you can also enjoy that natural view while inside.
Bring Indoor Comforts Outdoors
Being inside is, arguably (for most people), more comfortable than being outdoors. You have perfect temperature control, you don’t have to worry about scorching sun or gusting winds. Bring some of that comfort outside to make your space extra-tempting. A gazebo can provide shelter from wind, rain, or the hot sun. An outdoor space heater can make even the cold nights warm and cozy.
Keep Some Outdoors, Indoors!
Yes, it goes both ways! If you really want to keep that feng shui going, bring a little of the outdoors inside. Introduce a couple of indoor plants that are in similar pots as what you have outside to truly harmonize the space.
Lighting is incredibly important and often overlooked. Many of us may spend the warm days outside and then move it inside as the sun fades because, well, it’s getting dark! But some of the most pleasant of times can be spent sitting on a perfectly illuminated patio, listening to the nighttime chirping of crickets. A variety of lighting is a great idea; bright downlighting may be needed to ensure you can view your outside space when you let the dog out but a twinkling string of lights may be best for sitting outside with friends on warm summer nights.