The more we move away from nature, the more our architecture trends try to reintegrate it. Cravings for wild, remote spaces and our current love of open plan living has given rise to a merging of indoor outdoor living designs. Old and new properties alike all have potential to incorporate this simple bringing together of two worlds to make a pleasant and peaceful space.
Houses like Engel & Völkers' luxury villa in Puerto Pollensa blend the indoor and outdoor seamlessly with expansive windows and terraces that reach out into the garden and join with the indoors for a smooth transition. Here's how you can recreate an indoor outdoor theme in your own home.
Blur the boundaries
As blank and alterable surfaces, the walls of your home are a great place to start introducing touches of the outdoors inside. Having a living wall, with succulents, grasses or climbing plants, is both good for your health in increasing oxygen levels in your property, and injecting colour into your interiors.
You could have a living wall adjacent to your outdoor space, or make the outdoor wall a planted one, so the portal to your house is like walking through a rainforest. Large expanses of glass are another way to blur those boundaries; folding doors, a whole glass wall, or large windows like at the luxury villa in Puerto Pollensa, bring both light and fresh air inside. Or opt instead for a rock wall held in with wiring to delineate the space and provide an alternative, natural texture.
If you have tiled flooring that runs from your indoors and out to the patio, you've already eliminated one visual boundary. Especially with an open floor plan, you can simply view your outside space as an extension of your living space. Opt for wood or stone, which can have under-floor heating indoors, for a natural transition.
A greener house feels healthier, so having leafy green both inside and outside, especially either side of a glass partition or window, will let the sense of the outdoors roll inwards. If you match your furniture across the two areas, the spaces will feel more cohesive: like a visual echo.
Comfortable wicker furniture works well for an open living room, but almost any style can be adapted to work outdoors. Whether you create an outdoor dining area, or a cosy living area, a little light will go a long way. Try pendant style lighting, like in our outdoor dining area and indoor-outdoor breakfast bar, to feel like you've transplanted an indoor dining hall and removed the walls.
In some places you may wish to fully give yourself over to the glory of the elements. In others, having a roof is a good idea to make your outdoor space usable. To create a nice transition, consider extending the roof you already have, in the same or a similar style, so the outdoor space feels like a limb of the house.
You could also opt for a pergola-style setting with climbing plants or wooden slats, which are perfect for letting in light and warmth while providing shelter. Indoors you can create more light by incorporating a skylight as well as large windows, especially if you have a beautiful tree to look up at or are in an area with exceptional stars.
Homeowners are increasingly keen for their indoor outdoor transition to appear seamless, and this new connection with nature can make for a healthier, more peaceful living design. You can browse the Engel & Völkers property search to see more properties with inspiring indoor outdoor spaces.