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How to make your home flow from inside to out
Create a sense of harmony between your interior and outdoor space with these home design tips from Tiles Direct.
There’s a delicate balance to be struck between your home’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Whether you have a large garden or a small urban yard, it should be a seamless extension of your home that gives a relaxing sense of escapism.
This post from Tiles Direct will draw on some tried and tested home design tips that’ll help you achieve that sought-after ‘indoor-outdoor flow’, no matter what type of property you live in.
Utilise plant life
One of the simplest ways of bringing the outside in is to literally do just that – with some cleverly placed houseplants, you can easily make your conservatory or extension more connected to the green foliage in your garden. Historically, the original purpose of an orangery was to protect growing fruit from colder winter temperatures and this can still work well in a modern extension. Traditionally a conservatory wasn’t complete without a few spider plants, but now we’re seeing homeowners getting creative with succulents, ferns and begonias.
To create a natural flow, plant complementary fauna on either side of the outside doors – imagine gooseberry or blackberry bushes leading into to an orangery brimming with fruit trees. Just remember to be careful when considering how the leaves and foliage might obscure the flow of your interior space, however. When executed correctly, you can create a quintessential ‘transterior’ effect that so many leading home designers aspire to.
Create a narrative with tiles
The floor tiles in your conservatory extension should create some form of subtle visual narrative that leads towards the outdoors – with so many options to choose from, you can create any colour palette or style you desire. Combine classic white tiles with some understated patterning in a Victorian style to evoke the pomp of that era’s country houses. For a space with a little exotic flair, use some Moroccan zellige or teracotta tiles that evoke the souks of Marrakech.
Stay cold weather aware
Autumn is on its way, so to make use of their gardens in the cooler months, homeowners should start thinking about heating solutions for their outside seating areas. Patio heaters are a classic investment for homeowners who want to keep their orangery or summer house connected to a usable outdoor space all year long. They’ll come into their own as temperatures start to dip, making al fresco dining and drinks possible despite the night’s drawing in.
Creating a garden that encourages your little ones to play outdoors is an excellent way to create flow throughout your home. A pool house with large doors will guarantee hours of fun in the water, while conservatories and orangeries can offer a relaxing spot for parents to sit and keep a watchful eye on things.
Developing your garden into an easily accessible games space is another simple and effective way to up the fun factor in your home. A boules area or giant chess set can be easily installed, while a badminton net is a timeless country garden feature.
Whatever the layout of your home, it’s easy to find ways to make it flow in such a way that your garden rooms are the focal point of family life. These tips are only a rough guide, so add a dash of your own creativity and personal style for a glorious, seamless home that the whole family can enjoy.
Suhayl Laher works at Tiles Direct, one of the UK’s largest independent tile distributors and retailers – bringing design inspiration to homeowners, architects and developers.