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How much time will you spend inside your home this summer?

If you’re anything like us, you’re keen to make the most of any good weather by sitting or eating outside. Using outdoor space as an additional room and bringing an outdoors feel indoors remains a popular concept as our visit to this year’s Chelsea Flower Show confirmed.

As architects and interior designers, we are always keen to incorporate as much natural light into a home as possible; something you don’t even need a garden to do.

Our top tips for blending indoor and outdoor living space include:

Large format glass and sliding pocket doors provide a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor areas. Glass screens also make effective outdoor windbreaks minus the visual intrusion.

Run similar flooring (tiling is ideal) through from internal to external areas using the same colour palette but switching sizing to create different living zones. We are fans of PietraCasa’s weatherproof porcelain tiles shown here which are ideal for this.

Plants are an obvious way of bringing an outdoors feel to living spaces but consider incorporating other nature inspired designs such as honeycomb and organic shapes.

Invest in high quality, outdoor seating options like this spacious corner sofa pictured from Cane-Line. So much more inviting than uncomfortable plastic or metal furniture.

Make the most of natural lighting or views inside the home with frameless skylights or large lowered windows in a bedroom.

Image copyright Pietra Casa and Cane-Line.

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