A house and a garden used to be considered as two separate things, each with their own distinct look, feel and function, but with blocks decreasing in size and our lifestyles changing, the world of home design has turned on its head.
It’s now all about creating homes that have a seamless flow between the interior and the exterior. It’s about creating harmony and beautiful functionality. It’s about crafting homes that are sympathetic to the landscape around them with interiors that speak to the outdoors. And of course, it’s about making the most of the incredible climate that we have in the West.
We love this trend because it brings together the best of both worlds, but we also know that it’s not always easy to get the balance right. There’s no substitute for careful planning and at Coast Homes, we know from experience that the more effort you put in, the more you’ll get out. We also know that your home is as unique as you are, so it’s all about doing the things that make your heart sing.
To fire up your imagination, we’ve put together a couple of fresh ideas for bringing the outside of your home inside, and the outdoors in. And don’t forget – if you’d like to see how these ideas work in real life, why not pop in to one of our display homes in Perth? Our experienced home designers and professional interior decorators have collaborated to create stunning indoor/outdoor spaces that make the most of our enviable Perth lifestyle and they’d be delighted to share their thoughts with you.
Small blocks, big ideas.
Shrinking block sizes mean more house on less land, with smaller gardens. This means that when you’re designing a new home, you need to really think about what the outlook will be from each room. If it’s not going to be lush lawn and trees, what will it be? Making your daily view beautiful will be an investment that you’ll appreciate every single day.
Your window frames have an important role to play in creating a seamless transition between your indoor and outdoor living spaces. We’ve noticed a strong trend towards thin, sleek window frames which frame the view beautifully without any distractions and which allow more light to flood into the home. Thin profiles with clean sight lines create a sense of openness and freedom, blending the environment indoors with the outdoors and vice versa.
Indoor greenery is a huge trend at the moment and is a great way to blur the lines between indoors and outdoors. Container plants like the popular fiddle-leaf fig (which can reach up to two metres tall if you’re after an indoor tree!), palms, ferns, potted succulents and even terrariums are all great ways to add a splash of healthy greenery to your interiors. Another fuss-free option (which looks amazing and lasts for ages) is to put a piece of an aloe plant into a glass container. Naturally gorgeous and yet so simple! Cascading plants are another great way to create a textured green wall and you’ll probably find that these are easier to install and maintain than a vertical garden.
Channelling the outdoor world indoors is easy – especially with so many stunning materials to choose from including wood, jute, rattan, hemp, wicker, stone, cork, bamboo and linens. These marry beautifully with textured elements and organic shapes and will invoke the feeling of nature in your interiors in a gentle, inspirational way.
Your choice of doors will be a key factor in creating a blended indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Folding and stacking doors will open up the spaces completely whilst floor-to-ceiling windows will imbue your interiors with a natural ambience.
Just as it’s great to bring nature indoors, you’ll want to extend your style to your outdoors. Comfortable and inviting furniture in your al fresco space which complements your indoor decorating theme will help to create a sense of seamless transitional living and encourage lazy days and balmy nights in the great indoors/outdoors.
We hope you’ve been inspired by these ideas and remember, if you want to experience indoor/outdoor living at its very best, please visit our luxury display homes in Perth. From sophisticated inner-city sanctuaries to relaxed coastal havens, our custom home builders in Perth design homes as individual as you are and we’d love to show you around.