The line between the indoors and the outdoors continues to blur.
Back in the day, the divide is clear. Plants go outdoors. Bathrooms are indoors. There is a wall that divides the two areas, and they rarely intersect. Nowadays, that barrier has been removed. People are designing their indoor spaces to feel like being outdoors. Meanwhile, they are turning outdoor spaces to become as comfortable as being indoors.
The divide blurred even further during the pandemic when people were forced to spend more time indoors. The lockdowns led to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Pretty soon, people were experiencing cabin fever. The term describes the common reaction to being confined to one space for an extended period.
The indoor-outdoor living space, therefore, became the desired home decor. Here are ways you can incorporate it into your own home.
The Tranquillity of Bathing Outdoors
The outdoor bath is making a splash. Homeowners worldwide are turning a small portion of their backyard into their own luxurious and spa-like outdoor bath.
Bathing al fresco boosts relaxation. Being around nature is the best way to lower levels of stress. The fresh cool air, the sun’s warm rays, or the picturesque sight of the moon will make bathing feel like an important step for self-care.
Moreover, it feels luxurious. Bathing outdoors is an experience usually people only get from staying in expensive hotels and resorts, but you can also have it at home.
However, the key is to make sure that you are building your outdoor bath correctly. It should be a sanctuary, so location is the key. Moreover, it should be built using materials that can withstand harsh environmental elements. Ask professional bathroom fitters for advice before installing the bath on your own.
Go Au Naturale on Furniture and Decor
The trend for indoor furniture also leans toward nature. Nowadays, the textures and colors found in nature are in demand. Homeowners are constantly looking for accent pieces in cane, wicker, rattan, grass cloth, and teak. These materials lend the space a tropical feel as if you went on a holiday without leaving the comforts and safety of your own home.
The desire for the outdoors is also reflected in the colors and patterns people use on their walls. According to reports, floral wallpapers are among the most searched keywords on Google among internet users. Meanwhile, interior designers are getting more requests for earthy tones.
Plant More Plants
Plants have been popular as interior decor for years now. They are not going away anytime soon.
Biophilic design is a trend that is rapidly gaining traction among homeowners. It incorporates more plants into the house through living walls and green roofs.
Aside from being visually pleasing, plants are great additions to a home because they serve several functions. They cleanse the air, remove dangerous gases, and give off fresh oxygen to breathe in return. Nowadays, more people are aware of how bad indoor air actually is; some studies even claim that indoor air can be worse than outdoor air. Plants remedy the problem by capturing pollutants and keeping the indoor air safe.
Moreover, plants are relaxing. Placing nature indoors when you cannot go out of your house will make you feel a little less trapped, even if you have to quarantine for weeks or months.
Gaming Space Outdoors
Every household needs a space for entertainment. Kids spend most of their days indoors, pandemic or not, watching videos or playing video games. Parents who want to encourage them to go out and be physically active need to give them an activity to do outdoors.
Outdoor gaming areas are a hit. Homeowners should carefully consider which activity children will want to play, but many have a giant chess set in their courtyard. It is sophisticated and fun for everyone.
Glass in Place of Ceilings and Walls
The best way to bring the outside in is to tear down the walls. Glass is a classic in-house design, but now, there is even more desire. It is perfect for homes surrounded by greenery. A room with giant glass windows and doors does not feel as enclosed.
Glass blends the indoor spaces with the outdoor spaces. A sliding glass door that connects the living room, for example, with the patio, allows for a seamless transition between the two spaces.
Moreover, glass lets the sunlight in, warming up the room. So, even when indoors, you get to enjoy the benefits of being outdoors while remaining cozy indoors.
The indoor-outdoor divide is no more. Homeowners are turning their indoor spaces to look more like outdoors. They also are transforming outdoor spaces as if they were indoors.