Open spaces and designing outdoor areas

By 27 August, 2021 No Comments

A sense of freedom and openness lends itself to a need to expand our energies from indoors outwards. Home design trends in opening up spaces evolve and come and go. However they all coincide in bringing the outdoors into the living space. In 2020, creating  this sense of openness has been instrumental in our eternal quest for a sense of freedom. Overhangs and open-plan spaces are a part of this, but terraces and gardens where we can enjoy daily activities are also important.

To ensure the balance between interior and exterior, the structure should be linked to its surroundings. There should also be continuity with the home’s design. Both single-family homes and residential apartment blocks have plenty of open areas. Porches, gardens, balconies, patios, terraces and verandas are just some of the open spaces that are currently popular and which will be on trend in future.

Here at The Decorative Surfaces, we take a look at some of the ways that outdoor spaces have been used. We consider the structure and the interior décor.

Both the décor and the influence of natural light on the living space can conjure a feeling of travelling to far off places. By judicial placing of elements such as sun shades, light and shade can be juxtaposed to create a natural magic.

The colour scheme for outdoor design features is key to how we view these spaces. For example, warmer hues, and other elements, create a Mediterranean feel.

Just as colour schemes can conjure dreamlike spaces, the movement of the breeze affects the way fabrics are displayed and arranged. They help to create an atmosphere of true freedom. Breathing in the sea air in a wide open space is a treat for all five senses. However, this is not always a possibility. So when designing smaller spaces, decorative alternatives can be used to separate areas. In this way it is possible to create all kinds of atmospheres and moods. A good example would be plants or screens in organic materials to provide a sense of scale.

Plants and screens can be added to open spaces.

In turn, interior design should not be overlooked when devising outdoor spaces. In this sense, the outdoors can often be blended with interiors to create an overarching ambience: having an eye for detail makes a difference in sparking emotions for owners and visitors.

Interior design also has a key role in outside decor and design.

It is clear that interior design is increasingly extending to available outdoor spaces and their use. Often to the extent that the outdoor area encroaches on the interior living space. It creates a whole, and a feeling of continuity where attention to detail makes all the difference to the emotions and wellbeing of those who live there.