Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
Obviously you want some distinction between the indoors and outdoors. That's what roofs and walls are for, right? However, if you have a patio, create some transition between the two spaces, so that the patio is simply an extension of your indoor living style.
French Patio Doors
The patio door is the most obvious transition between the indoors and outdoors since it's what you actually use to move between the two. As such, it's key to creating that feeling of connection. For that reason, French patio doors are the way to go.
French doors are wider than standard doors. They are also constructed of big sheets of glass or panes of glass. Either way, the increased glass surface space lets the sun shine in while affording you a clear view from either side.
Another method for increasing the visual space between the inside and outside is adding more windows, in this case transom windows. Transom windows are those horizontal panes of glass that get installed above a door or other windows. They afford you a view of the sky while you're indoors, and let even more sun shine in, according to Better Homes and Gardens.
Plants originated outside, right? So, when you bring them inside, they automatically bring some of the outdoors in with them. Develop a container garden in the room leading out to the patio. Kitchens traditionally lead out to patios, so an herb garden is ideal. Have one of your windowsills deepened, or add a shelf, and place several containers of herbs in the space.
Kitchen Color Scheme
If it is, indeed, the kitchen leading out to the patio, consider changing your color scheme to channel the outdoors. If you have a beautiful garden, add shades of green and a few bloom colors to your kitchen palette. If there's water nearby, include some blues. For a backyard that looks over a natural space, bring earth shades into your kitchen color scheme. Changing your color palette to one that reflects the outdoors creates a gentle transition between the two spaces.
The other side of the equation is bringing the indoors out. Create an extension of your indoor living with your choice of outdoor furniture. Don't just select pieces that are durable. Look for attractive designs that are comfortable for lounging. Further both ideas with bountiful cushions that reflect the seasons or your changing moods.
Consider setting the stage with an outdoor rug. Outdoor rugs come in many styles, so that you can transform your patio into an outdoor lounge or dining room. For real cohesion, select an outdoor rug that matches the color palette on the inside as well.
Use French patio doors and windows to increase the visual space between the indoors and outdoors. Create cohesion with furniture and color palette, and add plants as the final piece of transitioning. Talk to your window and door experts, such as Fas Windows and Doors, for more information.