5 Tips to Remodel Your Home for Indoor-Outdoor Flow

The inside and outside of the home are spaces that are traditionally decorated to feel physically and mentally isolated from each other. Thankfully this narrow point-of-view is falling out of fashion and new home remodeling trends are emerging. Instead, homeowners are embracing an “indoor-outdoor flow” approach to exterior design and remodeling. This philosophy brings living room outside, and the backyard into the dining area.

Want your home to feel larger and more inviting? Use these five tips to make this home remodeling trend work for you!

Add A Deck Or Patio

One of the easiest ways to remodel your home to reflect an indoor-outdoor flow is by adding a deck or patio. You might prefer a deck if you live on uneven terrain, as they would be easier to install than a patio. A deck can also significantly raise the resale value of your home. A patio works best if it’s built on relatively level ground. It’s also the more affordable of the two options.

Whichever choice you go with, it will represent an ideal starting point for creating a living space that easy flows together.

Decorate Using A Common Theme

In addition to using living room furniture outside, why not use a similar color theme? Color can be one of the easiest ways to psychologically join two areas together. Using similar furniture and colors makes it feel as if an area of the house naturally, rather than ending abruptly, when you head into the adjacent outdoor area.

Build An Outdoor Kitchen

Many homeowners think of cooking in the backyard as something limited to grilling during summer months. But building an outdoor kitchen makes this a practical activity no matter what the occasion. Some of the more well-thought-out additions work as a second kitchen area. Make sure to hire an experienced room addition contractor for your home in order to make this “outside kitchen” a favorite spot in your house.

Keep Weather In Mind

One of the biggest reasons for an indoor-outdoor disconnect is one space involves weather concerns the other typically lacks. Still, it’s possible to remodel while making the elements work in your favor. An east-facing deck will make breakfast a pleasantly warm affair and provide a shady getaway during the much-hotter afternoon. It’s also best to opt for indoor-looking furniture that holds up to wind and rain.

Add Special Doors To Bring The Outside In

The most effective tool for adding indoor-outdoor flow is making use of special doors. Whereas a traditional door further divides outside and inside spaces, these doors are created with this particular construction style mind. Popular choices include bi or tri-fold doors, glass sliding doors, and also rolling blinds.

Think of your entire home space as one unified living area Indoor-outdoor flow is easiest to achieve when you think of the whole home as a unified space. When planning your new remodeling project, you should consider hiring a contractor who has experience with this new trend. Many general contractors throughout the country are well educated in this new home remodeling trend and can answer whatever renovation concerns you might have. Choose the one who specializes in room additions for your construction needs.

Design As You Would, Love Resonating With Your Spirit

Scattered pillows, hanging potted plants, wall sculptures of Krishna and Ganesha, old world carvings of lotus and chakras, earthy grounding woods aged so beautifully, spiritual and cleansing the aura that emerges from my house is my connection to my birthplace, beautiful India.

My house is an extension of my personality, always changing, never staying still, the bohemian wanderlust spirit reaches deep within my soul. Travel to the temples or the river Ganges, the walls do the talking and take me on a journey. Be it a stunning kutch tapestry, intricately embroidered with mirrors, each thread sewn in by hand, beautifully embellished and worn with time or a zardozi beaded opulent wall tapestry runner that beckons me with its sparkles.

Minimal, modern urban chic or maximal bohemian? Let your imagination soar, play with dark and bold patterns or the soft paisleys of Jamavar pashmina throws! The colors and patterns of Indian tapestries are mesmerizing and boldly beautiful! Line up patchwork pillows to work as a valance or window treatment and hang sheer curtains, creating design that is your very own expression.

Stagger wall hangings that collide in their colors and designs, taking your staircase up higher into the realms of the palaces of India. Be your own creation using old wood corbels and moldings as the tapestry hangers. You cannot go wrong, everything is a blend of your design. Old terrace windows or jharokhas make beautiful wall art and become even more creative using them to showcase your art or pictures.

Turquoise cabinets, camel and elephants carved brass chests, benches made from old ox carts, recyled old distressed woods that carry energies of the vastness of this universe, Indian antiques are just the right statement furniture you need. Hand crafted and exotic the designs are a blend of the opulent Haveli style and the simpler British Colonial design.

Antique Indian doors make a simple wall take on a totally new dimension, go for the Om door or the Shekhawati door, which translates into the Garden of the Sheikh. Carved with beautiful floral designs and patinas of the desert the vintage doors add character to your home.

Mandala printed blankets make the perfect backdrop to your laid back style living room where statues of Shiva and Saraswati play the music of divine love. Cascading water with potted pants and sand stone sculptures from the region of Bodh Gaya, the birthplace of Buddha, the energy is immense. Come, explore and find treasures, beautiful hand carved and perfectly sculpted garden statues that beckon your spirit. Design as you would with love resonating with your spirit.