How to Create Great Indoor Outdoor Flow in Your Wellington Abode

indoor outdoor flow

What makes good indoor-outdoor flow?

Stepping out into a beautifully landscaped backyard, ideally suited for your style of outdoor living, is the ultimate in good indoor-outdoor flow. The key is to make this experience as seamless as possible. 

Imagine opening large sliding doors onto a wrap around deck, with plenty of space for outdoor furniture, a hanging chair, and even an outdoor kitchen. Now imagine extending that outdoor entertainment area with steps down onto your lawn or out to a paved pool area.

At Zones, our outdoor entertainment area specialists can help you maximise your home to achieve great indoor-outdoor flow that enhances your outdoor living and suits both your style and your budget. 

Living room leading into a deck

What landscape design principles are needed for seamless indoor-outdoor flow?

To achieve seamless indoor-outdoor flow, there are some core principles of landscape design to consider. These will help to optimise the flow between your indoor and outdoor living areas.

Continuous flooring

Continuous flooring helps to create a sense of spaciousness. Choose a single floor material and extend it to your outdoor access areas. For example, beautiful wooden flooring in your kitchen and dining room could extend out to a wooden deck, thus creating a natural flow between both spaces.

Extend your roofline

Increase your living space and create great indoor-outdoor flow by extending your roofline. Pergolas and louvre roofs are great options for increasing the amount of covered space you can live, relax, cook, exercise, and entertain in. 

Visual connections

Create a connection between your home’s indoor and outdoor spaces with consistent design elements. Pops of colour can be the same both inside and out; outdoor seating can be mirrored inside; and artwork can give a nod to any garden design you incorporate. Complementing your outdoor indoor living designs will help to achieve that seamless connection.

Lourved pergola beside a poolscape

What are some practical considerations for achieving good indoor-outdoor flow?

The secret to good indoor-outdoor flow is a balance between style and function. After all, any great landscape design is as practical as it is pleasing. 

Consider outdoor furniture that’s suited to Wellington’s weather. While beautiful soft outdoor cushions may be wonderfully relaxing to sink into, they won’t be quite as enjoyable to sit in if they’re soggy from the incoming rain. Select outdoor furniture that can withstand the elements and incorporate storage space for cushions, either inside or out.

Don’t crowd your outdoor area either. If you’re considering adding a deck onto your property, or extending your existing one, don’t fill it with too many tables, chairs, beanbags, BBQs, pizza ovens, or spa pools. These six elements of a versatile outdoor decking space may provide you with some inspiration for your new deck design, but remember, for good indoor-outdoor flow, less is definitely more. 

Let the team at Zones Wellington help you design your perfect indoor-outdoor flow!

If the time has come to achieve great indoor-outdoor flow at your Wellington home, get in touch with the team at Zones Wellington. Our Landscaping Consultants can help you design an outdoor space that complements both the inside of your home and your lifestyle. Book a free consultation with them today.

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