As we have all recently spent a lot more time in our homes, it has become more important than ever to maximise the connection with the outdoors. Natural light and a feeling of being close to nature has proven benefits for our mental wellbeing. Here are some tips to enhance the link between your home and the natural world.
Use visual continuity
If you have folding or sliding doors which lead onto an outdoor patio, build on the visual connection by matching the outside and inside flooring. Natural stone or Italian polished porcelain floor tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor purposes, and will be a very durable and attractive choice.
Avoid abrupt changes in levels
If the garden is accessed by a set of steps from the main house, consider building a patio or decking area to bring it up the same level as the internal area. Gradually build different levels in the patio down to the garden, with wide shallow steps. This will encourage you to make more use of your outside space, and also add interest to the garden.
Visually echo your interior décor outside
Match the principal colours of your interior design scheme with the colours used outside. This could be done through plants and flowers, the colour of your outdoor furniture, or the shade of paint you use for your shed or fencing. Use similar types of wood in both spaces, and even choose houseplants with leaf shapes that echo your outside foliage.
Maximise the view
Even if your garden is tiny, you can make use of vertical areas such as walls, fences, and sheds to create living green walls, so you will always have an interesting outside view. Invest in some night lighting for your garden, so you are not staring into a big black void as darkness gathers.