Indoor / Outdoor Spaces

Indoor / Outdoor Spaces

When designing indoor-outdoor spaces, what things do you need to consider to ensure the outdoor living/entertaining area directly connects with the interior living space?

The most important component to consider when designing an outdoor/indoor space is the relationship between the two areas and how they connect visually. Ideally the two rooms should almost present as one and by removing or minimizing the elements that divide the space, such as doors and/or walls, the more free flowing the space will appear.

How do you ensure the interior and exterior spaces have an easy flow/connection?

In order to ensure an easy flow connection between interior and exterior spaces, it is important to introduce at least one material or item that is consistent to the two areas. This is more effective when large surfaces are involved such as floors and walls, however it could also be as simple as wall colours or furnishings. For example an internal timber floor that adjoins a timber deck provides a material consistency that helps the space to feel as one. Another helpful addition is to create a visual destination to the rear of the outdoor area. This can be done using simple items such as feature plants, pots/urns or more permanent elements such as water features and outdoor kitchens to help draw the eye through both spaces.

How do you decorate/furnish these spaces to ensure they complement one another?

The decorating and the furnishings used in the indoor / outdoor space offer the flexibility that the more structural elements such as floors etc. dont, as they are easier to change if required. These items can be used to create the transition between a more formal indoor area to a relaxing outdoor environment. The key is to include items that help link the two areas visually. For example furnishings may be quite different, but paint colour tones and incidental items such as urns, scatter cushions etc. may be complimentary to both areas and therefore create that connection.


Creating an indoor/outdoor area is as much about extending your indoor area and enhancing your lifestyle as it is for making aesthetic improvements. Quite often this method of extending your home is far less disruptive than traditional renovations whilst offering a significant lifestyle improvement. Regardless of the climate, indoor / outdoor areas have a place in every home. They provide homes in warmer climates, cool respite by encouraging cool breezes or the relaxing sounds of water features and homes in cooler climates benefit from the outdoor room with the help of cafe style blinds, gas heaters and comfortable wicker lounges.