How to Bring the Outdoors In
Nature supplies us with such an abundance of lovely, practical and generally gorgeous materials so it makes sense for us to use them indoors. Especially when, with the British weather as it is, we can’t always be assured of getting Outdoors…
For tips on how you can achieve the all-natural look, we’ve explored one of the biggest interior design trends of 2019 – ‘Bring the Outdoors In’ and some of its key characteristics.
Natural stone worktops and flooring
Natural stone is THE look for today’s contemporary kitchens.
So, what are these fabulous materials we can redeploy indoors? Well, for starters there’s natural stone such as travertine, slate and limestone for flooring. Other ‘more precious’ stone types found in our kitchens include show-stopping marble and granite worktops.
If you don’t fancy the sophisticated glitz of the latter, then it’s perfectly possible to add a little industrial edge with some concrete surfaces; check out the Gemini Quartz Industrial collection for the best of both worlds with stunning striped back and raw look of concrete colours that have the performance benefits of quartz.
But natural stone isn’t just practical in terms of its durability; all those neutral greys, whites and browns also coordinate well with other materials and won’t exactly clash with other colours. This means you can introduce whichever primary shade you like and still be the proud owner of a smart and sophisticated kitchen – or any room in the home, for that matter.
The warmth of natural wood
Another neutral – and natural – texture which works well in our homes is wood. Another great application whether it’s a wood worktop, table or flooring, it can introduce warmth as well as lightness. And, again, it’s a terrific material to co-ordinate with.
Thanks to its sustainable nature, bamboo is becoming a common sight in our homes these days, in terms of accessories, especially decorative bowls and vases. Cork too, is a regular visitor to many modern houses and apartments, especially for wall tiles and flooring.
A practical butcher’s block for this stand-out kitchen island compliments and adds an organic and neutral presence.
Plants and Foliage
Bamboo may derive from rainforests, but to get a truly tropical feel indoors, consider green foliage such as rubber plants, fruit trees and cascading ferns in a reception area, hallway or open plan kitchen/dining space.
To really embrace this theme, you could always go one better and introduce a living wall into your home. This obviously has to be created in an area which derives plenty of sunlight – an open plan kitchen with floor to ceiling glass panelling being the obvious candidate. The health benefits of such a stunning item can’t be overlooked either – especially the cleaner air.
Literally open your living area with glass and doors.
Glass panelling incidentally, could consist of sliding doors or bi-fold doors, which open out into the garden, instantly making the open planning area at the back of your home double or even triple in size (depending on the size of your garden). And, because there’s no standard window frame, you don’t need bulky curtains either.
You’ll find this type of glass wall looks far more effective if the flooring tiles in the kitchen are the same type and height as those on the outdoors patio area.
Don’t just stop at glass wall panels; glass roofs can flood a kitchen and sitting area with natural sunlight and warmth and, at the same time, give the impression of more space.
Let’s hope there is no need to have the Outdoors in this summer though – and that the weather affords us the opportunity to embrace the Outdoors completely…