If you saw our blog 5 Garden Design Trends for 2016 , you’ll know that merging the outdoors with indoors is one trend to look out for. But what does that mean?
We thought we’d elaborate on these trends a little bit more to give you some insight into why this is a good one to incorporate into your own garden.
Living in the UK certainly means our weather leaves a lot to be desired. We can’t spend as much time outdoors as we might like to that’s for sure! But bringing the indoors outdoors is one way around it and there are a few things you can do to make your outdoor space feel like an extension of your home.
Have you ever walked into a room where the flooring carries on out into the garden? Think about how it made the room appear…Firstly it makes the room seem so much larger because it incorporates the garden space too. Blurring that line between the indoor space and the outdoor space gives a continuity that turns two usually separate entities into one huge one. Secondly it invites you to step outside and be in the outdoors, but you can sit in the same level of comfort as indoors.
Consider your lifestyle and how you will want to make use of your outdoor ‘indoor’ space. Will you want to throw parties and get togethers, or will it be for relaxation and a place to unwind? Putting thought into how you’ll be using it will make sure you create the perfect setting. Think about what type of shelter you’ll want, what type of furniture or any extras like an outdoor bar, and you’ll begin to create the type of living space you’ve always wanted in your garden.
Lighting is a very important part of your garden, just see our blog about it here. Whether you want lighting for security purposes, or to illuminate your garden space at all hours of the day, make sure you put some thought into what sort of atmosphere you’re trying to achieve and get some good advice from us about the best route to go down!
Choosing the right garden furniture is just as important as choosing the right living room or bedroom furniture. You want it to look just as good outdoors as it does indoors. Choosing similar colours to your indoor rooms will carry on that continuity brought by continuing the floor, and it will keep the same quality of décor alive throughout all the areas of your home visitors are most likely to see. This trend is all about merging and blending, so don’t be afraid to keep the similarity going.