Natural light can lift the atmosphere indoors while providing greater connection to the outdoors

Natural light can lift the atmosphere indoors while providing greater connection to the outdoors. (Photo: Budget Home Supply)

 

Indoors and Out: Natural Beauty Meets Home Comfort With Indoor-Outdoor Living Design

A great way to take advantage of Colorado’s sunny days is by sitting on your own beautiful deck.

A great way to take advantage of Colorado’s sunny days is by sitting on your own beautiful deck. (Photo: Budget Home Supply)

From breathtaking mountain vistas to lush flora and serene waters, nature speaks to the soul. And while we can all easily appreciate the power and the beauty of the outdoors, data increasingly backs what we intuitively know: nature heals as much as it inspires. In fact, the World Health Organization recently released a report, “Green and Blue Spaces in Mental Health”, that highlights how time in nature, including within urban areas, improves mood, mindset and mental health, as well as promotes physical activity and overall well-being. 

All of this is to say, getting out in nature is important–but why stop there? Current home trends bring the outdoors in – and the indoors out – seamlessly blending the comforts of indoor living with the earth’s beckoning beauty through clever, stunning design. The indoor-outdoor living concept builds a bridge between home and the natural world, creating multi-functional spaces where families can work, play and relax with the best of both.

What can indoor-outdoor living look like for you? We reached out to local experts with ideas for achieving the indoor-outdoor living space of your dreams.

Let there be light

Natural light enhances more than just living spaces. It’s a peaceful, easy mood booster, too, linked to wellbeing. Natural light can lift the atmosphere indoors while providing greater connection to the outdoors. The options are endless, and the simplest changes can make a big impact.

“We know that when customers come in for new windows that they aren’t only looking for quality but also size,” says Vernetta Angelo, Marketing Director for Budget Home Supply.  “Why not go bigger?  Let the light in!” More natural light can transform a space, Angelo says, adding that colors become more vibrant and the room automatically feels larger.  

When planning for windows, be sure to pay some attention to doors as well. These too can offer opportunities to bring in the light. Bi-folding and retractable screen doors can vastly open up more natural light, for instance.

Expand your living space with outdoor kitchens, decks and patios

Enhance your expanding space even further through outdoor cooking possibilities.

Enhance your expanding space even further through outdoor cooking possibilities.
(Photo: Budget Home Supply)

“Colorado offers a lot of sunny days,” says Angelo. “A great way to take advantage is by sitting on your own beautiful deck, with the conveniences of an outdoor kitchen. 

Not only do decks and patios offer a functional space for entertaining and relaxing, they increase the monetary value of your home, Angelo says, lending an added, welcoming aesthetic. Pergolas and other covering options can even further blur the lines between interior spaces and the exterior environment, creating greater all-weather space to work, play, and chill. 

Enhance your expanding space even further through outdoor cooking possibilities. Today, stellar options abound beyond standard grilling, from outdoor bar areas to fully functional kitchens. Depending on what fits your space and style, you can equip with permanent or portable features. 

“We like to think of outdoor kitchens as an extension of your indoor space,” says Angelo, noting that outdoor kitchens are one of Budget Home Supply’s specialties.  “It’s important to think about how you will be using the space.  Is it for personal cooking, or do you want the ultimate hangout and entertainment area complete with fridge, sink, ice machine and pizza oven?” Whatever your vision, Angelo says, it can be achieved with Budget Home Supply’s line of Bull outdoor products and our line of outdoor cabinets.

If an outdoor kitchen is calling you, don’t forget to look carefully into gas, electric and other considerations. Save yourself time and money by investing in professional support planning for the installation of gas, electricity, water, and drainage as needed.

Cultivate your own backyard bliss

Depending on your tastes and yard dimensions, you may want to consider hardscapes such as boulders, retaining walls and pavers.

Depending on your tastes and yard dimensions, you may want to consider hardscapes such as boulders, retaining walls and pavers. (Photo: Turf Masters).

Let’s be real: indoor-outdoor living is designed to blend home and nature. So, let nature flourish in your own personal, peaceable haven. 

“I’m a big fan of outdoor living spaces,” says Turf Masters Lawn & Landscape of Berthoud Owner Ruben Ojeda. “Thoughtfully incorporating plants, flowers, walkways, outdoor lighting, and all kinds of small touches goes a long way to creating beautiful ambience and space everyone can enjoy.”

Offering everything you could wish for when it comes to new and existing landscape installation at any scale, Turf Masters approaches projects personally and intentionally. “Typically I’ll start by meeting clients myself, getting a full understanding of vision, budget, and space,” Ojeda says. “I work with a lot of professional designers who help align ideas with the space itself. At the forefront, we keep in mind functionality for the whole family, blended with beauty.”

Depending on your tastes and yard dimensions, you may want to consider hardscapes such as boulders, retaining walls, and pavers, Ojeda says. Water features like fountains, waterfalls, and raised garden ponds – even full, excavated ponds – can truly help life’s stressors flow off your shoulders. 

“Water features are beautiful, and they create beautiful, soothing sounds, too,” Ojeda says. “They’re just relaxing. They add to the landscape, and you can add extra fun to them, such as with koi fish. They attract wildlife, too.”

While promoting relaxation, water features are also a lot of work, Ojeda says. Those considering installing them will want to reflect on the ongoing maintenance, including checking PH balance and winterizing. If that sounds like too much, rest assured. There’s more than enough on dry land to rejuvenate your backyard into a swoon worthy, serene space.  

By Wendy McMillan, Longmont Magazine