Southern California is well-known for its beautiful year-round sunny weather, making it a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Therefore, when it comes to your home, there’s no better reason to harmonize your indoor and outdoor living spaces. If you have an outdoor space that’s not yet maximized, this could be a great time for a renovation!
Go seamless with your indoors and outdoors
Fancy having a living room that extends into a terrace, where you can sit down, relax, and read a good book while enjoying the breeze? How about an outdoor kitchen and open-air dining area where your friends and family can gather for weekend barbecues? Home designers believe that one of the benefits of going seamless is that you’re not only expanding your living space, but also increasing your sense of home. If you’re into it, keep these two things in mind:
1. Bring the outside indoors and vice versa. Windows are considered to be the easiest way to invite the outdoors into your home. Large glass windows don’t just give your indoor areas a scenic view, they also allow natural light to enter. Use the same indoor color scheme and materials on your outdoor walls and floor, but architects advise to use materials that work well in both environments. Bring outdoor elements inside, such as potted plants or an indoor water fountain, and indoor elements outside, like sofas and rugs.
2. Make both spaces functional and allow for a smooth transition. In blending your indoors with your outdoors, both areas should have the same function. A stand-alone patio outside your living room with only a wooden bench for three people is fine, but isn’t it a waste of space? Why not place a sofa and coffee table outside where you can receive guests on a breezy afternoon? To maximize both spaces, designers suggest the transition from one space to another should be smooth. Your living room that extends to a patio should have either a sliding glass door that opens easily or a glass wall that opens up completely. If you have an open-air dining space instead of an outdoor kitchen, position the dining and kitchen areas adjacent to each other. The floor level both inside and out should be identical so you don’t feel like you’re moving to another space. The easier it is to transition from one area to another, the more functional your spaces will be.
Ready to turn your outdoor space into an extension of your home? Start by talking to a designer to help you with proper planning, and, of course, add a little spice by infusing your personal touch into it.
JK Legaspi is a freelance writer and mother of two