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  • Four tips include creating a common theme
  • Finishes can make an impact, and also reflect lighting choices
  • Bring the outdoors in by introducing indoor plants, water features and more

With summer fast approaching, what can you do to make the most out of your house?

Tayla Hampson and Courtney Pellegrino from Studio Cult Interior Architects have four tips to create a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living, making alfresco dining and outdoor entertaining just that little bit more effortless, and impressing those guests you’ve been waiting to host since forever.

Tip 1: Unify spaces with a common theme

Using a common theme between spaces can help to create flow between your indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Ms Hampson and Ms Pellegrino said that can be achieved by utilising a consistent colour theme across both spaces or mirroring the décor and furniture across both.

One example includes The Komodo, by Commodore Homes. The house uses cane, rattan and natural colours to create a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor.

Cane is also a durable material, appropriate for both indoor and outdoor settings.

Tip 2: Finishes

Along similar lines, focussing on finishes was recommended. Finishes can tie a home together, in the below example, hollow blocks are used both inside and outside, creating a sense of continuity.

On the flip side, mirrored finishes can assist with reflecting the natural surroundings,  creating a stronger connection to your outdoor living space.

Tip 3: Bring the outdoors in

Further blurring the lines between the indoors and outdoors can be achieved by incorporating natural décor inside. While most Millenials will be well on trend with growing plants indoors, that’s not the only way of bringing the outside in. Ms Hampson and Ms Pellegrino suggested water features, rattan, and wooden furniture can help to make your home interior feel more natural and earthy.

Tip 4: Light it up

Lighting is paradoxically the simplest and most complex thing around: one light source can bring out the textures, shapes, and shadows of a room, the walls, and other features.

Light also has the power to set the mood of a space, and can be artificial, or simply come through your windows; Ms Hampson and Ms Pellegrino said solar orientation is an important consideration when you begin building your home, as it will impact lighting and overall experience.

Interior choices such as large windows, glass décor and mirrored finishes, can create more natural lighting in your home’s interior – making your space feel vibrant and connected to the natural surroundings.

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