Artful Living by Design
The dynamic vistas in New Mexico afford great viewing pleasure from indoors and outdoors. The mild climate invites us irrevocably outdoors for at least nine months out of 12. We are truly blessed to live in such a glorious place! All around we see life springing up. Forsythias’ bright yellow blooms are among the early signs of warmer weather to come, which brings me to the subject for this month’s article: extending your living space to the outdoors.
Whether new construction or through remodeling, there are options available to make the most of connecting to the outdoors. One of the most amazing ways is to virtually remove the barrier between the indoor and outdoor space. Retractable glass walls are a greatway to achieve this, but here are some tips tomake the most of living spaces that are comfortable and enjoyable and function perfectly for your lifestyle.
Establish traffic patterns that make sense in terms of function and beauty. What you see from indoors looking out is important to the overall design scheme. Next, selecting a color palette that flows from inside your home is another key to creating a pleasing and cohesive design. Proper outdoor furnishings help stretch your dollars, although fabrics that are labeled as “outdoor” do not always mean theywill last. Big box stores stores often sell items that can fade, warp, and deteriorate. A professional interior designer will be able to guide you to products that will stand the test of time and fit into almost any budget. Fabrics can be labeled as “good for outdoor use” but if they are not a solution-dyed acrylic fabric, they may look good for only one season. If you are faced with replacing the cushions, this can be a costly endeavor and any initial savings you anticipated will be lost.
The style of furnishings should complement the interior furnishings, whether contemporary or traditional. Make sure you think about outdoor shading, especially for sunny morning areas where you sit to enjoy your morning coffee and western areas where you might want to dine while you enjoy our spectacular sunsets. Proper lighting is just as important in outdoor spaces as it is inside your home. And a nice outdoor rug can successfully define various spaces or anchor a specific grouping while adding some softness or needed texture to hardscape surfaces.
Lush color bowls filled with flowers and other foliage add to the enjoyment of an outdoor space. Last but not least, a thoughtful landscape plan can work wonders, adding to your enjoyment.
Lisa Samuel ASID, IIDA, is a Santa Fe native and principal of Samuel Design Group, located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. She is an award-winning interior designer known for creating unique interiors imbued with warmth and elegance. Lisa (email@example.com) is passionate about good design that supports well-being.
A gracious outdoor living space with retractable glass walls blurs the line between in and out