Outdoor Indoor Living

East Lothian based Garden Designer Becca Duncan shares her hints and tips on creating an indoor outdoor living space, contact her for any project big or small at Blossoming Gardens.

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We all love getting outdoors on those balmy summer days and chilling out with a glass of wine as the sausages sizzle on the barbecue on the sun-drenched patio. However, Scottish summers can be all too fleeting. How good would it be to enjoy the great outdoors, without getting soaked to the skin, hypothermia or having your newspapers flying round the garden when it’s blowing a hoolie? Creating an indoor-outdoor living space can be life-changing. It lets you get back to nature, enjoy coffee and croissants surrounded by birdsong and grill steaks on a firepit on warmer days, while being able to retreat under cover with the sliding doors open in the drizzle. Even with the doors closed on a crisp winter’s day, you feel as if you are outside with the natural light flooding in as you look out onto a lush green exterior snuggled up with a hot chocolate in your cosy winter woollies.
  1. Think through the indoor outdoor space as a whole. Set an appropriate budget for your outdoor space, so that it looks every bit as good as your indoor space.

  2. Windows should ‘frame’ garden views of a well placed tree, water feature, sculpture or seating area.

  3. Match your paving inside and outside on to patio to create a single seemless space. Create an imperceptible transition with large folding doors that can be opened right out and on a single level.

  4. Think about matching your indoor and outdoor style – a sleek modern kitchen might look great opening onto contemporary paving and garden furniture surrounded by minimalist planting. If you have used an accent colour indoors, then extend it outside to planting palates, furniture, pots or walls to unify the scheme.

  5. As with indoor spaces, illuminate outdoor spaces to enjoy them as you look out through the long dark winter months. With exterior lighting subtle uplighting a beautiful tree looks far more effective than trying to illuminate everything.
Published: November 2017