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How to Bring the Outdoors Inside: Views, Materials, Objects, and Colors from Nature

In our 2019, Gold Award-winning, Parade Home, we made an effort to bring the outdoors inside with a glass wall from Western Window Systems.

In our 2019, Gold Award-winning, Parade Home, we made an effort to bring the outdoors inside with a glass wall from Western Window Systems.

One of the most popular design trends of 2019 is bringing the outdoors inside. This means an abundance of fresh air, greenery, natural textures, and colors. There are many ways to incorporate this trend into your next remodeling project. Creating an open concept helps make a space feel light and airy due to having mainly exterior-facing walls rather than interior, windowless, walls.

 

·      One of the best ways to bring the outdoors inside is maximizing your yard or outdoor space by having large windows, glass walls, or disappearing glass doors installed in your main living space. Depending on your view, you may have a breathtaking backdrop already, but even if all you have is a patio, you can place an array of plants, in attractive planters, outside near a glass wall or door.

 

·      Using the same materials in your indoor and outdoor spaces is another way the design of your space maintains a cohesive flow between the indoors and outside spaces. Use wooden beams, stone walls, and locally-sourced materials. Reflect similar colors and shapes indoors from the landscape, or home’s exterior, to effectively merge the indoors and outdoors together. Having high quality furnishings outside is one way to ease the transition from your home to your outdoor living space. Many patios and decks have elaborate heating systems or fireplaces so the space is useable year-round.

·      Houseplants are often a big part of achieving the look of bringing the outdoors in, but what if you have no aptitude for plant care? There are other ways to express love of nature and continuity with the flow from a room to the outdoors. You can opt for cut flowers, dried flowers, or other natural materials. Large minerals, seashells, or gemstones are wonderful natural objects that can be used in a number of decorative ways. You can use prints of plant life, wallpaper, or nature-themed artwork on the walls.       

 

We chose a soothing, neutral backdrop, and some indoor greenery for this relaxing space.

We chose a soothing, neutral backdrop, and some indoor greenery for this relaxing space.

·      Wall color selection is important. Whether you select a lovely shade of green or brown occurring in nature, or bold yellows or oranges, these colors will make a space seem lively. You can pair earthy or bright colors with white or another neutral color as accent walls, or you can use colorful furnishings and accessories while opting for more neutral walls and furnishings. Furniture and accessories made of jute, wicker, rattan, and woven materials are currently trending. Choose textiles in natural fabrics, like cotton, linen, hemp, or raw silk. Or try small sections of animal print, leather, or fake furs in a room.

 

Whatever your style, from eclectic to traditional, any look will benefit from being paired with the trend of bringing the outdoors in. Mixing and layering various styles is also another popular interior design trend right now, and nature goes with everything. Even the most modern, streamlined room will look stunning with nature pulled in as a living element.

 

ELM Construction is here to make your remodeling dreams a reality. If you are ready to get started, contact us today at https://www.elmbuilds.com/.