One of the coolest things you can do with interior design is to create a seamless transition between your indoor and outdoor spaces. In particular, the space between your patio and usually the kitchen or living room. These can be magical spaces that allow the outdoors to come in and the indoors to take up some of your patio space.
A lot of people use conservatories and other similar projects to blend indoor and outdoor spaces, but this can be surprisingly expensive because of all the planning and building that it requires. If you don’t have enough space or money for something like this, then you’ll be glad to know that there are also other ways for you to create seamless transitions on a budget.
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The unavoidable expense that we can’t ignore
While there are plenty of ways to create a seamless transition on a budget, we have to admit that there’s really no going around a large patio door or entrance. This is the key to creating any seamless transition and you can’t really achieve it with a traditional door without a lot of design work. So we urge you to spend a bit of money on something like a large patio or garden door as a starting point. If you can’t knock down walls and windows to create a larger patio space, then even a glass door can be a good option.
In short; prioritize a larger patio door to let in more light and create a larger transitional space. You can go here or check out similar services to see if it’s in your budget range. If this is a little out of your budget or your entrance to the garden is a little small, then consider a glass or see-through door instead for the sake of letting in light.
Take your outdoor plants and bring them indoors
Another budget way to add a seamless transition to your garden or backyard is to start bringing more plants indoors and place them around your patio door. You can trim some flowers and pot them, or you could even bring in some planters and line them around your patio. It’s important to be careful about what kinds of flowers and plants you use. Since it’s going to be indoors, they’re going to get a little less sunlight which means they might need some extra care. Another way to use your plants is to actually hang them from the ceiling around your patio door. These hanging planters are relatively cheap and they’re a fantastic way for you to surround your patio door with foliage from your garden.
If you’re currently not growing any flowers or don’t have anything to trim and use, then you can always purchase some shrubs, various plants, and flowers to use instead. There are also some plants that are suitable for indoor growing such as geraniums and hibiscus, making these excellent choices for indoor plants.
Matching color schemes in your transitional spaces
Next, make sure you consider the colors that you use when transitioning from the indoor and outdoor areas. This includes the color of your patio door and how it matches the patio space, or even matching the colors of your outdoor and indoor furniture pieces.
In most cases, using natural colors can be a fantastic way to establish a strong color scheme that blends the indoors and outdoors, but more eccentric themes can be possible with strong design knowledge.
Don’t forget that security will now be an issue
While it’s great to have these large open spaces, you need to realize that security will become an issue if you create a seamless outdoor transition. Make sure that your new patio door or home exit is secured with a strong lock, and also keep in mind that adverse weather conditions could harm your new transitional space. While many people think about securing your home from intruders, it’s important that you don’t forget about natural threats as well. These should really be taken into consideration during the planning process, but it’s not too difficult to secure your home after the fact.
While creating these transitional spaces can seem a little difficult at first, you can simplify things by looking for inspiration and trying to copy some of the things that you see. Although we typically see these types of projects as being really expensive, we hope that we’ve shown that you can achieve this on a budget if you can get past the initial cost of the patio door or large open spaces that you’ll need.