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The one thing everyone loves about the summer months is being outdoors. The summer turns to fall, and the air becomes cooler. How do you bring the outdoors inside?


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. 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.

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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 a coffee table, add to break up all those books on a shelf or maybe add one to your desk. Plants have health benefits helping to purify the air but also aesthetically are pleasing.


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 breathtaking. Why not consider decorating a room in an 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.color for inspiration

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 you brought your outdoor spaces in.

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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