It’s an age-old question: how do you create stylistic harmony in your space, outside and in. This question is of course even more pertinent today, when 21st Century home owners are beginning to see that the line between outside and inside can be pretty blurry.
So, here to address this question is a “fashion for the home” expert and writer Jo …
When decorating, a lot of people do not look further than the room that needs livening up, choosing to focus on colors and items to fill that one space with. But spaces that exist next to each other can have a role to play in how the next-door space is dressed and decorated.
Is your home cozy, warm and inviting, or minimalist with clean lines and shiny surfaces?
Ever considered how unique your entire home could be if you extended that ethos to your garden or brought some of your outdoor living space design into your interior living spaces? Don’t restrict yourself to just taking the indoors outside; bring the outside in!
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Colors and decor continuity
By following the same color scheme as inside your home, you can achieve vibrancy in your outdoor living space without waiting for your flowers to bloom (or get eaten by bugs in my case). Is your indoor space light and neutral? Express this externally by using pale stone or light wood ornaments and furnishings or choose soft furnishings like pillows and throws that compliment the colors on display outside; think rich browns and deep reds in Fall and bright greens during Spring and Summer.
Indoor and outdoor decor textures and movement
A well thought out home and garden that compliment each other will feature texture and movement. If your home has French windows that draw your attention to the garden even when you are inside, make the most of it; look out for pots with an interesting decorative finish and tie this in with matching conservatory furniture, for example rattan chair sets combined with weaved hanging baskets.
If you have wood floors in your interior, make sure that you orientate them so that the lines between each board head toward the way to an an outdoor space. Then outside your french doors or fold-back concertina glass wall lay decking boards in the same orientation. This will have the effect of subtly drawing the eye from inside to outside.
Matching the color of outdoor fencing and walls with the color of your internal walls can also help to bring the spaces together visually. A deck sheltered by a sun awning can provide shelter from the strong summer rays, but it also allows you to extend the room it is attached to, so you can get more use out of your outdoor space when entertaining or just unwinding.
Home decor design motifs
Look at the rooms that overlook your backyard. Is there a element of your style indoors that would suit your outdoor space too? Mirrors and metal ornaments in the garden can complement the reflectiveness of a modern steel or chrome kitchen. Perhaps you have gone for a more cozy farmhouse feel inside your home – get some thrifty nicknacks that will survive the weather and place them by your pots or by the edge of your flowerbeds to extend this warm, inviting feeling into your outdoor space.
You can use carpet runners in muted, earthy colors to bridge the gap between your house and your outdoor living space. Do you have bright, vibrant flowerbeds in your garden? Pick a few of the choicest blooms and arrange them in your living spaces to add a splash of color and aroma.
Think about what your garden can add to the inside of your home, other than biting insects, too. A herb garden in a box on a windowsill is a practical way to add a touch of color whilst at the same time as being a practical ‘grow your own’ solution to providing fresh herbs for cooking.
Versatility all year round in home decor and design
Think about what you would like to be able to do in your outdoor living space and when. Like everyday shoes, gardens have to be able to withstand all weathers while still remaining comfortable. Putting too much emphasis on Spring and Summer could mean that your decor looks sparse during Winter.
Evergreen trees can help give Winter gardens a splash of color and warm tones inside can offset the bleak, greyness of the colder months. By having somewhere to store seasonal items, you can adapt your home and garden to the changing seasons, just like we do with Christmas decorations. Think of your home and garden as ever evolving, with each changing to suit the time of year. This way you can maximize the appeal of both.
Jo wrote this piece in conjunction with www.fashionforhome.co.uk, a leading online furniture store, specialising in high quality fashionable furniture.