Incorporating transterior design into your home is the perfect way to make the transition between indoor and outdoor more seamless this summer. With the season of sun fast approaching, it’s all too tempting to spend more time outdoors enjoying the weather – and by connecting indoors and outdoors, you can make your home feel light-filled and encourage flow throughout the entire space.
Whether you’re planning to redesign your home or just want to be inspired, we’ve put together some ideas to help you on your way.
Create a seamless flow
From bi-fold doors to sliding doors, incorporating doors with large windows into your home is a great way to allow light to flow freely into your room.
Bi-fold doors are a popular choice for creating a seamless outdoor link – and with many sizes and colours available, there’s plenty of variety to fit with your interior design. By pairing your doors with a back wall of glass doors, the light will really flow through your interior space.
If the aim is to introduce more natural light, sliding doors could be a more suitable solution for your needs, as they let in more sunlight due to having fewer mullions. Sliding doors can only be opened half of the width of bi-fold doors, so they’re a great compromise if you only want half of the back of the house to be opened up to your outdoor space.
For period properties, consider French doors – which let in twice as much light as a window, while remaining in keeping with the design of your home. A decent-sized glass door will make an impressive additional access point, perfect for entertaining guests in your home during the summer months.
Cover your patio
Preparing for the temperamental British weather by covering your patio could be the key to making your interior and exterior connect seamlessly.
From a permanent solid roof structure to a pergola or a retractable canopy, there’s an option to suit every budget. Installing a cover over your patio will help to keep the inside cool, while making your patio more accessible throughout the year – and better yet, customising your patio could help to bridge the gap between your interior and exterior by complementing the design of your home. This way, you can enjoy the open feeling of outdoor rooms, without worrying about the weather when you’re entertaining guests over the summer.
Create flooring consistency
Give your patio an update by installing some stylish outdoor tiles in a design that matches or complements the flooring in the adjacent indoor room. This will help the space to flow together, and make the exterior room feel like an extension of the interior. The variety of styles and colours available will make it easy for you to design a patio which will complement the architecture and decor of your home.
Consider flush thresholds to recess frames into your flooring. Implementing these will allow your furniture to span the threshold, and will mean there isn’t anything for you to step over. This will make your inside space feel bigger, and the seamless connection will make your outdoor area more inviting.
Combine the outdoors and indoors
Create a cohesive design theme by implementing natural fibres, textures and patterns into your living area. From wicker to hemp, choose materials inspired by nature to create an area that’s perfect for relaxing in. Accessorise with woven baskets, rugs or lampshades to incorporate nature’s colour palette and give your home a fresh feel.
Create a fresh, contemporary look in your living space by incorporating rougher textures, such as exposed brickwork or stone-effect indoor cladding. Placing plants against wall features will help to incorporate nature into your living space.
Alternatively, when decorating, use indoor materials on external features – for example, decorating outdoor planter boxes with wall tiles is one simple and effective way to bring your interior design themes outside. Waterproof outdoor accessories, such as mirrors or pendant lights, are also a welcome addition if the aim is to introduce some personality to the space while blurring the line between indoors and outdoors.
By pulling as many materials, textures and colours as possible from the interior to the exterior (and vice versa), the two spaces will ultimately become one. We hope you’ve found plenty of inspiration here when it comes to infusing transterior design into your home this summer. So, what are you waiting for? Summer’s just around the corner.
Suhayl Laher works at Tiles Direct, one of the UK’s largest independent tile distributors and retailers – bringing design inspiration to homeowners, architects and developers.