Go with the flow and blend spa­ces

The Daily Examiner - - HOME - WITH Tracey Hordern

ONCE upon a time we lived pre­dom­i­nantly in­doors in our homes. Per­haps we had a sep­a­rate space, such as a pa­tio, ter­race, bal­cony or back­yard. The out­doors was some­where you sent the chil­dren and pets, as it was another place sep­a­rated by a clear and de­fined bor­der.

Now the bor­ders of our in­door and out­door spa­ces are blurred.

It makes com­plete sense that we would en­joy liv­ing this way, given our tem­per­ate cli­mate, but it also adds to our foot­print of liv­ing space.

We also de­mand con­ve­nience and ameni­ties for our in­door and out­door spa­ces. The ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple of this is a grow­ing de­mand for fully equipped out­door kitchens, bars and me­dia rooms.

To cre­ate a seam­less flow, start by as­sum­ing your sur­round­ing out­door spa­ces are in­trin­sic in the over­all de­sign of your home. In­cor­po­rate colour schemes from the in­te­rior spa­ces out to the ex­te­rior spa­ces.

Light­ing and floor­ing that flow seam­lessly will also cre­ate a sense of one united space. Choose qual­ity out­door fur­ni­ture as much as you can, in­clud­ing soft fur­nish­ings that are now in­creas­ingly avail­able in weath­er­proof fab­rics. Fi­nally, in­tro­duce plenty of green­ery in pots. Plants in­stantly evoke a sense of be­ing out­doors.

A well-de­signed out­door liv­ing space that con­nects seam­lessly with the rest of the house can add value to your prop­erty and cre­ate a more spa­cious home.

PHOTO: IS­TOCK

Cre­ate flow by blur­ring the lines be­tween in­door and out­door liv­ing spa­ces.

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