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Al Fresco Fun this Summer: the transition of Indoor/Outdoor Interior Design

Written by Lucy Winters-Underwood, Founder of Lucy Winterwood Luxury Interior Design Studio. Serving St Albans, Harpenden, Hertfordshire & North London.


Whether you sipping Margaritas in the sunshine, ‘sittervising’ the children while they play, or hosting a BBQ with family and friends, when the sun shines and warmer weather prevails, we all want to make the most of our outdoor spaces. In our previous blog we touched upon blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces and so as we head into the summer months, we feel it’s a good time to explore how the Interior Design world has stepped up the comfort levels for outdoor living.

The concept of blending indoor and outdoor design spaces is not entirely new, but its popularity has surged as homeowners seek to maximise their living environments. Several factors have contributed to this trend such as lifestyle changes, architectural trends and technological advances.


Holistic Lifestyle: practicing wellness in nature for health benefits

Holistic Lifestyle: practicing wellness in nature for health benefits

There's a growing awareness of the mental and physical health benefits of spending time outdoors. Integrating outdoor spaces into daily routines can reduce stress, improve mood, and encourage physical activity. Modern lifestyles prioritize self-care, relaxation, wellness, and comfortable socialising, all of which can be enhanced by a well-designed outdoor space. Whether it's a quiet morning coffee on the patio or an evening gathered around a fire-pit with friends, having a comfortable and inviting outdoor space can enrich your daily life.


Soho Home has jumped on this trend and released an exquisite outdoor furniture collection for their loyal customer and fan base. When we think of Soho House’s members’ clubs, what springs to mind? We picture a relaxed vibe with comfy poolside loungers, plush striped towels and inviting occasional chairs. Now these can be enjoyed at home too at an affordable cost.


Soho Homes Exquisite Outdoor Collection

Soho Homes Exquisite Outdoor Collection

By treating your outdoor area as an extension of your home, you effectively increase your usable living space. Contemporary architectural trends lend towards large window openings, sliding/bi-fold doors and open-plan designs that naturally blur the lines between indoor and outdoor areas. These features invite the outdoors in, creating a fluid transition that encourages indoor-outdoor living.


If you are embarking on a renovation project, invest in an architect who embraces the connection between the two spaces. Someone that takes into account practicality, versatile function, flexibility and enhancing the aesthetic of the surrounding landscape.


Furthermore, integrate plants, flowers, and natural materials into your design to create a seamless flow between the indoors and the outdoors. Greenery not only adds beauty but also promotes a sense of tranquility and connection with nature.


Transition of Interior Design for Indoor-Outdoor Architecture

Transition of Interior Design for Indoor-Outdoor Architecture

Indoor Outdoor Interior Design spaces designed for comfort and style can serve multiple functions. They can be a serene retreat, a vibrant entertaining area, or a family-friendly play zone, depending on your needs and preferences every design can lead its own unique narrative.


Technological Advances and Improvements in materials and manufacturing have made it possible to meet these needs and create outdoor furniture that withstands the elements without sacrificing comfort or style. Weather-resistant fabrics, durable metals, and innovative synthetic materials mean that outdoor furniture can now mimic the plush comfort of indoor seating.


Not only that, technology means we have entered the evolution of ‘smart’ living allowing us to control various aspects like shades, fans, TVs, audio systems, and lighting right from our fingertips.


Smart Home Technology for Outdoor Living

Smart Home Technology for Outdoor Living

The desire for a seamless transition between indoor comfort and outdoor living is reshaping how we design and use our homes. By thoughtfully integrating design elements, investing in high-quality outdoor furniture, and creating versatile, functional spaces, you can transform your outdoor area into a true extension of your home. This trend not only enhances your living experience but also contributes to your overall well-being, making it a valuable investment for the future.


As we continue to blur the lines between indoor outdoor living, the possibilities for creating beautiful, functional and harmonious spaces are endless.



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