Bring the Outdoors In

Bring the Outdoors In

The summer turns to fall, and the warmer air becomes cooler. The one thing everyone loves about the summer months is being outdoors. So how do you bring the outdoors inside when the temperatures may not allow you to be outside?

Having large windows definitely helps transition the two spaces. I always suggest to clients open drapery or remove the drapery to let the light flood into a room. With daylight savings time the days are shorter also, by opening the window coverings allows light to pour into your indoor spaces. The bright light coming in warms a room but also lifts the spirits. Having energy efficient windows is the best way to go to keep the heat in a room.

open doors and windows to outdoor spaces

If you are considering putting in more windows, possibly a sliding door, French door or folding glass wall are great options to open up the walls to add light. By doing so you are opening the walls to allow a view of the outdoors inside. Landscaping outdoors surrounding the building can add interest to indoor spaces, if the view is expansive it can complement the interior décor.

Can’t add windows or doors to your rooms, keep it a little simpler by thinking about bringing the outdoors in with potted or container plants to your space. Plants are one of the elements in designing a room that can add warmth instantly. Using them to fill an empty corner or add to a few to coffee table, add to break up all those books on a shelf or maybe add one to your desk. Plants have health benefits helping purifying the air but also aesthetically are pleasing.

plants in containers

Another great way to bring the outdoors in is to consider using a color scheme that you see outdoors that you love. When vacationing on Cape Cod this summer the colors of the ocean, sky and sand were breath taking. Why not consider decorating a room in array of blues, and beige’s similar. I also noticed the combination of colors in the hydrangeas were also stunning.  Look around your yard, parks, or outdoor spaces to find inspiration and go with it. Take a picture and use an app like ColorSnap to find a color palette to work with. You will be amazed at the results and how the room easily comes together.

hydrangea

Bringing the outdoors in is easier than you might think. With sunshine pouring through the windows, adding a new color palette that reminds you of a great trip you took during the summer, and bringing outdoor elements in your spaces all will be a welcome feeling when dealing with the colder months.

Send me pictures as to how your brought your outdoor spaces in.


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