The Outdoor Overhaul – How to Factor Interior Design Elements Into Your Outdoor Areas

In the last few years, most of the interior design world has been obsessed with how to create outdoor feelings in interiors. However, another aspect of indoor-outdoor flow that has been neglected is how to create interior design elements in your outdoor spaces.

Today, we’re going to be doing an outdoor overhaul; investigating just how you can bring the indoors out. There are heaps of things you can do to be able to enjoy your outside spaces with a strong feeling that you’re still inside, without sacrificing any of the comfort associated with being inside. Let’s take a closer look.

Outdoor Living Spaces

The most popular way to bring the indoors out is to create a comfortable, warm and inviting living space in your backyard, porch or patio. There are lots of ways you can do this, so you can sit and enjoy the sound of your pond pumps while sipping a coffee, beer or wine in the summer.

First of all, invest in some comfortable outdoor furniture. Wooden tables and chairs are a safe bet, or if you’re aiming for a beach house feeling you could opt for wicker. Be sure to adorn your chairs with some comfortable cushions so you can sit and enjoy yourself for hours on the weekend.

Outdoor Cooking and Dining

Another popular way to get that indoor feeling outdoors is to create an outdoor cooking and dining space. You are spoiled for choice here – you could choose a fancy BBQ, a pizza oven, or even install a real oven and gas cooktop in your outdoor space.

Couple this with a large table and chairs as described above and you’re well on your way to having a space you can be comfortable in, that also looks great while enjoying the outdoors. If you like, and can afford it, why not invest in some shade or other coverings so you can enjoy your space all year round.

Artwork and Sculpture

One way to bring the indoors into your lovely outdoor atmosphere is to strategically place artwork and sculptures about. While there are heaps of outdoor sculptures around, buck the status quo and opt for small, tasteful pieces that you would usually see indoors. You could place them on a small table or pillar for a bold statement. Hang artwork that would usually feature inside such as soft pastels or watercolours.

Don’t Neglect the Lighting

Lighting is an often-overlooked design element. The right lighting can make any space really pop, creating the impression of more or less space depending on what you’re aiming for. To create an indoor feeling outside, try using standing lamps in the corners, or even downlights in your covered areas.

Match or Contrast With The Natural

Another hot tip is to ensure that your furniture, decor, lighting and other elements all match the environment of your outdoor space. Again, for that coastal feel opt for wicker chairs and other beach house bits and pieces. If you have a lot of greenery in your garden than pick furniture and decor that either matches if or offers a bold contrast.

Live it Up

There you have it. Create a comfortable, clean and gorgeous outdoor living space and consider investing in an outdoor kitchen and dining space too. When it comes to design elements, artwork and sculptures are a great way to bring the indoors to your outside. Remember to play around with our lighting, and always ensure that you match or contrast with your already existing natural decorations – your plants and garden. Make sure to enjoy your new space!


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