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Welcoming the outdoors inside.

Australians love the outdoors. Find out why bringing a little Mother Nature into your home can be beneficial for not just the overall look, but the feel of your space.

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Four Ways to Blur Your Indoor/Outdoor Space

Australian homeowners are blurring the hard boundaries that distinguish their indoor/outdoor spaces, looking for creative ways to invite Mother Nature inside.

Perfecting the indoor/outdoor transition can ensure the aesthetic and sensory appeal of nature is intact - outward in. It not only helps to open up and create the illusion of larger areas, it looks the part too.  

Here are four ways to perfect your indoor/outdoor space.

1. Colour

One of the simplest ways to blur the indoor/outdoor boundary is through colour and décor. Now for the minimalists, the traditional earthy tones of terracotta, sand or forest wood will work but don’t be afraid of brighter hues that are found in nature.

Consider raw yellow sunlight, bright blooms and leafy greenery.

Decisions on décor are best aligned to where you live. For example, if your home is coastal or amongst lush bushland, you can bring in hues from your surroundings to create a seamless connection.

Urban homes can also take inspiration from nearby gardens, foliage or even pastels found on nearby brick buildings or grey toned nature-strips.

 


Pastels and rustic shades or orchre were used to add warmth to this white room by Three Birds Renovations, complete with internal Scyon™ Stria™.

Do you have a question about colour? Check out our expert's tips for nailing colour in your home.

2. Walls

Walls are a homeowner’s best friend in terms of renovation- they don't take up precious floor space and usually offer a large area to decorate.

Wallpaper continues to garner interest with renovators for its ability to make a large impact and its removable potential. In terms of designs, you may consider botanical prints, seaside landscapes or earthy patterns.

For a visual connection from your indoor/outdoor space, cladding products are an underrated design application.

Aesthetically, cladding can offer a modern/coastal look and works brilliantly from the outside in. In your indoor area, you could install cladding at half or full height on walls and extend this to your outdoor space or even decking. This creates a seamless transition whilst keeping a colour consistency.

A product like Scyon cladding is constructed from advanced cement composite so unlike hardwood it is resistant to cracking, rotting or termites ensuring its longevity plus it looks as good as wood.

 

Internal cladding adds texture and depth to your home while creating visual continuity between the interior and exterior walls.

Interested in using cladding indoors? Find how to add cladding to your home

3. Natural Light

Indoor-outdoor spaces can encourage more natural light. Utilising natural light over artificial light will not only reduce your electricity bill but also help with energy efficiency from a climate perspective.

The best way to bring in natural light is through windows. Installing French doors is a great way to open up your space and create a continuous transition to indoor/outdoor – perfect for entertaining and improving air quality in the home by maximising airflow.

Too much light? Alternatively, doors with in-built windows can bring in additional sunlight. Consider installing a mirror across from windows to help reflect natural light and deliver it to the rest of the room.

In all these window scenarios, Low-e glass is recommended according to construction website www.build.com.au.

“Low-e glass can reduce the amount of heat that is conducted through the glass by around 30% compared to ordinary glass,” the company report. “Low-e glass further improves thermal efficiency by cutting glare and preventing damage interior furnishing caused by ultra-violet rays.”

 

French doors are key to bringing the Hamptons look to life and creating light, open, airy spaces synonymous with the Hamptons style.

Love the Hamptons style? Find out how to get the Hamptons look.

4. Greenery

Back to greenery – actual greenery. In smaller urban spaces, reach to your walls and ceilings to install wall planters, vertical gardens or hanging baskets both inside and out.

There is also an array of low maintenance self-watering planters on the market which can attach to balconies, or sit on a decking or along indoor windows.

Plants clustered together not only look good but also help with acoustics, helping dampen sound which can be a good idea if you live in a small space. In the home, plants also contribute to absorbing carbon dioxide (C02) helping regulate clean air.

Finally, plant selection is key so ensuring you select suitable plants for an indoor/outdoor climate in line with where you live. i.e. humid, rainy areas. If all else fails, the faithful family of succulent plants are hardy indoor and out. 

Feeling inspired? See more design ideas, tips and advice from Scyon.