The garden and home have typically been regarded as two binary entities within interior design. Yet as the indoor plant and raw materials trends continue to dominate Instagram, Pinterest and design magazines the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living are becoming increasingly blurred. Natural materials create a really tranquil feeling in the home so we're more than ready to embrace this interior exterior fluidity. If you need a little convincing however, look no further than these outdoor to indoor tips, with some Pinterest & Instagram inspiration to match!
Here's 9 ways to bring the outdoors in to your interior.
1. Oversized Windows
Oversized windows- whether that's in the form of traditional looking French windows or large sliding doors that stretch across the whole of your wall, are a beautiful way to invite nature into your home. Transparent glass walls allow the outdoors to act as a backdrop to your decor, making them an especially good choice if you have a large garden or skyline view.
Top TipLarge windows also attract plenty of natural daylight - something which has plenty of benefits in itself. Lighting is known to help boost energy, mood and generally make you feel better.
2. Indoor Plants
This year the Urban Jungle look is more popular than ever and it's not hard to see why. Indoor plants have a really calming effect on interiors, offering a welcome remedy to chaotic urban living. Whether you opt for hanging planters, oversized plants, a moss wall or an indoor oasis of plants galore, there's an abundance of ways you can style indoor plants to bring the beauty of nature into your home.
3. Exposed Brickwork
The last few years have seen architectures and homeowners gravitate towards brick walls. There's something about exposed brick in the home that indicates a rich history of the building, giving it old-world charm and character. The beauty of bricks is that they can be worked into a variety of trends from industrial and shabby chic to minimal and vintage, but look timeless no matter what. So if you happen to live in an apartment, loft or private residence where brick walls are all neatly covered up, then dig deep and let the original brickwork shine through.
Top Tip: For an inexpensive way to nail this look opt for brick effect wall paper. Thanks to developments in technology and colour reproduction there's an array of urban-cool brick murals on the market that look really realistic!
4. Outdoor Mural
Speaking of murals, outdoor-themed wall art is another cost-effective, easy way to usher the outdoors in. Opt for city wallpaper for an urban look, or beech, floral or jungle wallpaper for something more serene. Our friends at Murals WallPaper- a Liverpool based company that specialises in imaginative, bespoke murals, offer a diverse range of prints that will transform your walls into scenic works of art that remind you of the beauty of the outdoors.
5. Concrete Crazy
Part of a wider trend for industrial-living, concrete has become the material of choice for designers to get creative with in the home. Having been used in construction since as far back as the Roman times, it's now working its way indoors, in the form of furniture, flooring, wall tiles, tabletops, home accessories and more. At Utility we couldn't be more grateful for this outdoors in transition. Concrete is a great choice of material because it appeals to our timeless love of grey, tapping into a wider trend for exposed raw materials whilst exuding sleek, minimalist design that’s durable and made to last.
6. Fluid Flooring
With the average house size getting smaller and smaller, many of us are turning to the outdoors to extend our space. Whether that's in the form of a conservatory or a covered patio, the key to a seamless transition from your living room/kitchen to your outer extension is fluid flooring. A consistent floor from the interior to the exterior will blur the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors, making the outside area feel like part of the home when the doors are open. Again the door between the two is important here. The most effective way to extend a living area outwards is to use large, sliding doors that leave the whole wall facing your garden open.
Top Tip: Natural stone flooring and wood-effect tiles are two great forms of flooring that look just as good inside as they do outside.
7. Covered Exterior
If you really want your outside to feel like part of the home, opt for a covered exterior. These come in many different forms: a veranda, deck, covered patio, covered porches and loggias to name a few, and allow you to enjoy all the benefits of the indoors whilst remaining connected to the outdoors.
Top Tip: For more exterior inspiration check out our Summer Garden Party Style Guide.
8. Earthy Tones
Earthly tones describe a palette of colours inspired by nature. Brown, beige, tan, terracotta and green all blend together harmoniously to create a warm earthly look. An earthly colour palette makes a gorgeous backdrop to rustic furniture and is perfect if you want to create a country-chic look in your home. In fact, farmhouse style living was one of the top 100 Pinterest trends last year and has continued to dominate home decor trends this year.
9. Bohemian Decor
One of the top trends for 2017 a bohemian-inspired home is a beautiful, bold way to to channel nature's glory into your interior. Boho decor combines indoor plants with colours and materials associated with the outdoors: blue, brown, green, terracotta, wood, wicker, global-inspired textiles and antique furniture reminiscent of journeys past. If you prefer bright and bold over earthly then this look is the perfect way to feel in touch with nature inside your home.
Top Tip Blogger Andreasnotebook has some great tips on how to Bohemian Chic your home.
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