by Victoria Green
This time of year is when we look to the outside as much as the inside of our homes to make them an extension of our design-led living spaces.
Patios get jet-washed, BBQs come out and our eyes are cast out from the house towards our gardens and outdoor areas, so that we might enjoy what our British summer has to offer.
Below are some interior design principles that can be applied to the exterior of your home to maximise the potential of what you have to offer.
Do you have a flat or sloping roof that can be seen from the inside of your home as well as the outside? Have you considered a seeded roof?
It is great for insulation and can help to control water run-off, whilst providing a beautiful array of colours which encourages local wildlife to flourish. An attractive backdrop that can be enjoyed year-round.
It goes without saying that like the inside of your home, your external plans should include design considerations for lighting which will provide a variety of ambient lighting for different moods and events.
What you need for a family BBQ may not be the same as if you had a few guests over for dinner. Consider hardware metals that will weather well such as bronze, brass or copper.
If you have any dead spaces or difficult areas in your garden that could do with a bit of love, consider painting them in a pop of bright colour allowing them to add value to your outside space once again.
Could large weather-proof beanbags or cushions sit against the wall or alcove to create a little reading nook or sun-trap?
Decorative tiles on walls or floors, the same as you would use in your home, are a great way to lift an external space. The choices are endless
You could choose the same colour palette but vary the tiles for a cohesive patchwork effect.
Choose one design of tile for the floor and a different but complimentary design for an adjoining wall, or simply go for one design throughout. Be brave. You’ll be rewarded.
If your external woodwork is in need of a lift, think about straying away from the usual heritage style colours or a simple white and go for a bold colour again that will visually lift features like windows and door frames.
This works on traditional or modern houses in the same way and can be an easy way to transform the look of your property. At the end of the day, it’s just paint, so push yourself out of your comfort zone to see what can be achieved
If you have a spare area of wall that you can afford to relinquish, have a think about creating a flat surface painted with chalkboard paint for the kids – or adults – to while away the summer days
Everyone likes to be creative, especially when out enjoying the summer sun.