Regardless of whether your outdoor area is a small inner-city courtyard or a sprawling suburban block, learning to use outdoor elements indoors can help you take advantage of your space throughout the seasons.
You can achieve a chic, clean and low-maintenance surface with seamless flooring. Both polished concrete and epoxy coating are perfect for your garage or your living areas. It is particularly effective when used in indoor/outdoor areas, like a lounge room with an attached deck or pool patio.
Floor-to-Ceiling Windows and Doors
Another effective way to bring the outdoors in is to incorporate windows or folding/sliding doors that reach from floor to ceiling and open completely to the outdoors. This element can also make a small room appear larger and can lower your air-conditioning need when the weather is hot.
Introduce a touch of nature with plants. Whatever type of house you own or what your gardening ability is, there are various plants to choose from – from big pots and planter boxes to small glass terrariums.
If you don’t trust yourself to keep indoor plants thriving, which admittedly many us feel, choose a plant that is hardy such as yuccas, snake plants, peace lilies, and figs. These are all easy to care for and (relatively) hard to kill.
For homeowners who can afford, and with more space for improvements, consider creating an outdoor area at the centre of your home. Internal courtyards that feature atrium gardens or even tiny trees bring about a beautiful sense of magic and peace. A treehouse is also a good idea.
If you are looking for fresh ideas, try losing yourself for a few minutes – or hours – on the wonderful World Wide Web where many pages are dedicated to home-decorating ideas using a range of plants and flowers.
Water elements, commonly seen outdoors, are also making their way indoors in various ways as a result of developments in technology and materials. From an exquisitely arranged bowl of floating water lilies to a large wall fountain or pond, an infinite number of options are available to you, depending on your budget.
Mementos are perfect for those with little space and time. The next time you take a beach holiday, bring back with you a remembrance of your trip, like a tiny collection of shells and rocks, some sand, sea glass or driftwood. Put these in a box frame or a glass-topped coffee table and you can enjoy them long after your tan has faded.
There are times, especially when the weather is cold, when we have a hard time including outside activities into our normal routine. All you need is a bowl of flowers, or a handful of shells to allow us to remember that, even when we are cooped up inside, we’re still have an affinity to the great outdoors.