Interiors

Indoor-outdoor style is the hottest home design trend this year!

The indoor-outdoor design trend is really picking up speed this year. For me, having seen some of the ideas floating around, it’s something to get super excited about. I know, this whole concept could be alien to a lot of you – but do not worry! That’s why I’m writing this blog post, to help you understand indoor-outdoor style while giving you a bit of inspiration too.

garden patio chair

What is the indoor-outdoor trend?

This trend is actually one of the easiest to explain. As the name might suggest, it’s all about combining both your interior and exterior designs. In simple terms; you create indoor spaces that open up onto outdoor living spaces.

Some of you might already be following this design trend without even knowing it! I’m going to go through some of the best and most beautiful ideas in a moment, and there could be some that your home already utilises.

Why is this trend so popular?

What makes the indoor-outdoor style so trendy at the moment? Why do so many people love it?! Personally, I feel like it adds something extra to your home. This idea of combining the interior and exterior helps create a more functional home. Not only that, but it can help give you more living space – while also allowing you to make the most out of all the area outside your property too.

Instead of having your interior design and exterior design as two separate things, you bring them both together in a harmonic marriage. The result can be truly mesmerising!

garden seating area

Indoor-Outdoor design ideas & inspiration

Alright, we’re onto the part you’re probably most interested in. Here, we can explore some of the best ideas for the indoor-outdoor design trend. Check them out, and you might want to consider them for your home:

Al Fresco Dining

We all love the thought of eating outside when it’s nice and sunny. But, what if you could enjoy your breakfast outside while feeling like you’re at some breakfast bar on holiday? This is where the idea of al fresco dining comes into play. Here, you have your kitchen, and it opens up outdoors using servery windows. These windows let you slide them open, and they tend to have spacious sills that are ideal for eating on. Get a couple of outdoor stools to sit on outside, and you can eat in the sun by this window. It works beautifully, but that’s not where this idea ends.

Of course, you have the other al fresco dining idea of actually designing a patio area with an outdoor dining table. Get some comfy chairs, a canopy to shield you from the direct sunlight, and it’s the perfect place to eat during the sunnier months. Here, you can use your large servery window as a serving spot for food. When you’ve cooked, you can put the plates on the sill, then the people outside can take them to the table. It’s literally like you’re running your own al fresco cafe!

Large Sliding Windows

I’ve mentioned windows twice already, but they’re so important for creating the indoor-outdoor style. In essence, they blend your interior and exterior perfectly. This is perhaps best shown with some large sliding window doors. You know the ones I’m talking about; they go from floor to ceiling, and the large panes bring in lots of natural light to your home.

With these, you can seamlessly transition your home from indoors to outdoors. Slide the windows all the way across, and you’ve got a large open space to walk through. People can go from your garden to whatever room these window doors are in – usually the kitchen or dining room. They’re brilliant because they look stunning even when they’re closed. You have panoramic views of your garden, but you can blend it with your interior as soon as you open the doors.

Transitional Outdoor Living Space

One of my favourite ideas is to create an outdoor living space that transitions from your indoor living area. So, you have your standard living room, but you can walk outside to an outdoor extension of this. There are so many ways you can make this work – either with patio doors, a conservatory, or whatever!

The idea is that you can open up your indoor living space and make it bigger by using the space outside your home. The secret to making this successful is blending the two styles together. A great idea is to design a patio that matches the style and design of your indoor living space. This way, it feels more like you’re walking into another part of your home, rather than going outside. Match the outdoor furniture as well, and ensure you pick comfy stuff. You really want to make the outdoor space as comfortable as the indoor one. Think of this as a naked home extension; you get more space, but you don’t actually need to build anything onto your home.

Indoor Greenery

Lastly, this idea differs so much from all the rest in that it almost reverses the approach. All of the previous ideas have been about taking your interior and blending it with the exterior. But, what if we took some great elements of your exterior design and took them inside?

This is where the idea of indoor greenery comes in; use plants and flowers to decorate the inside of your home. By adding touches of green to your interior design, it essentially brings your garden into your house. I find this is the best idea for people who maybe can’t physically do any of the others. Perhaps you haven’t got the space to create outdoor living or dining areas – or maybe you live in a flat? With this approach, you can still get some indoor-outdoor style going on!

Like I said way at the beginning; I love this home design trend. I think we need to start thinking about our homes as a combination of interior and exterior design. If you conjure up ways of blending the two elements into one overall thing, then it just helps you create a more complete home. So, take inspiration from any of these ideas if you’re looking to hop on this trend!

 

Choosing our skirting boards

When we decided to buy our 1950’s forever home, we knew it needed a bit of love. It hadn’t really had much work done on it, so we wanted to replace the bathroom, strip the wall paper from the children’s bedrooms and get them ready to move in. However when we got the keys and started to look at the house a bit more it wasn’t just the bathroom and a bit of paint.

The bedrooms only had one plug socket in them, so we needed an electrician in to do that, which then meant the rooms would need skimming by a plasterer. We decided that we may as well get the electrician in to add more plugs to all of the bedrooms, so we only had to get the plasterer in once for upstairs. One job just rolls into another.

For the electrician to add more sockets we needed to remove some of the skirting boards, but for the plasterer we needed to remove all of the skirting boards. With that comes the need to buy all new skirting boards, the small paint job in the bedrooms became costly quite quickly.

Choosing skirting boards

I then set about looking at options for skirting board, I really didn’t know that there are so many options for skirting boards. Different styles, different heights, different finishes. It’s quite a minefield of skirting boards.

The Skirting Board Shop online have a great selection, some more ornate styles that would suit a Georgian style home, or someone wanting something more traditional. I loved them, but in all honesty I don’t think they would fit with the style of house and also all I could think about was how much dust they would hold in the pretty groves.

choosing skirting boards

They also had some quite modern styles, with a thin line running through. I really liked this, I could see them within my brother in laws cool modern home, but not for me.

choosing skirting boards

In the end we choose something that was quite similar to what was already in place. It’s quite simple, with no curvy bits that will collect the dust, we also went for one that is already primed. We had spoken about having wooden skirting but both felt that we would look better going for the more standard white skirting boards. I felt we would need to change the doors if we had wooden skirting boards. We measured the heights and thought the 94mm chamfered and rounded style would suit the room best.

They height of skirting boards varies from only 44mm up to 194mm. I really like a couple of other styles but they didn’t come in the middle size.

I cannot wait to see what they will look like when they have been completed. It’s all very exciting.

 

*Thank you Skirting Board Shop for sending me lovely skirting boards for our forever home.*

Your Summer Home Is Just Around The Corner

Well, summer is just around the corner… we know that for sure. As the weather starts to get warmer, we can’t help but dream of those summer months, and all of the time we want to spend relaxing in the sun, being with friends and family, and just generally having fun. But as for your home, that might be a while away before it’s ready for the summer, simply because it’s coming around quicker than we thought. As the weather was warmer this winter, it has as well made it so much warmer for the beginning of this year that we have had already. So since this is being sprung upon us quiet quickly, it might be that you’re going to have to sort your summer home asap. Just a few tweaks here and there, and you could have you home ready in no time. We’ve got a few things that we can suggest, that would turn your home into the perfect summer home that you need. So take a few minutes to have a read of the tips below, and see how much they help you!

Your Summer Home

Making It Fresh & Summery

The first thing that you want to do, is get rid of anything that’s going to bring that summer vibe away. For a lot of you, it will be the colours that your home is using, and the accessories that you have. So let’s think about your bedroom as an example, because there is no worse feeling that getting home on a boiling hot day, to go into a boiling hot room that’s dark and not inviting. So to summer it up, you need to think about changing a few things. You could start simply, and change your duvet and bedding to something that’s light in both colour, and weight. You could then think about changing your furniture colour to white, and lightning up the room by giving the walls some fresh paint. If you have quite a dark room at the minute, say through using the colour grey, the contrast with the white furniture, and perhaps changing your blinds and curtains to white, will help to lift the colour of the room a little bit!

The Perfect Garden

The perfect garden definitely does exist. It has to be one that you’re literally so excited to get into at the end of the day, when the summer air is still warm. But swapping things around in your garden can get expensive, so you might want to check out websites such as Alice’s Garden, to see what garden furniture you can get. The furniture is going to the main relaxation source in your garden, so you want to make sure that’s large, padded, and ready for a great summer. Getting a good BBQ is also essential. Cooking out of the little trays each time is rubbish. If you want that true BBQ flavour and cooking, you’re going to have to invest in a proper outdoor style grill, which will no doubt cook up a storm!