Creating an Outdoor Oasis
Whether it’s designing to expand outdoor living space or the desire to incorporate more nature in our designs, creating an outdoor oasis in our model homes is important. We want potential buyers to envision themselves enjoying, relaxing, and appreciating the great outdoors all with the convenience and comfort of the indoors. To help create that indoor-outdoor living dream, the following are some of the top trends our designers have been incorporating in our model home designs.
Using Mixed Materials
Materials that were once considered for indoor use only are now venturing outside. We have been using accessories and finishes such as soft rugs and fluffy cushions outside. In addition, traditional indoor lighting such as chandeliers are being used outside as well. And, by combining this mixture of inside/outside materials is what helps create that outdoor refuge vibe. Further, the use of mixed materials not only enhances the vibe of the space, but also the overall usability of livable space. Ultimately improving the I-could-see-myself-living-here thought pattern of a prospective buyer.
Keeping it Minimal
Our designers have been employing a minimalist design approach for quite a while, for both inside and outside. Keeping seating comfortable, but not overdone is the strategy. Yes, you’ll need a place to rest your refreshing beverage, but you don’t need a table for every chair. Or an over sized dining table that can seat twelve. When it comes to creating that outdoor oasis, less is more.
Incorporating Splashes of Color
To help liven up the minimalist furniture our designers are incorporating bits of bold color. Vibrant hues such as bright oranges, reds, yellows, and pinks are beautiful and can help create a happy mood. And inspire the imagination of the prospective buyer.
Avoiding Matching Furniture Sets
There’s no need to rely on matching patio sets for a pulled-together look. Outdoor spaces provide the perfect opportunity to mix and match not only materials, but finishes as well. A multi-patterned lounge chair next to a vintage metal side table can create a unique, appealing place to relax.
As interior designers/merchandisers our goal is to create beautiful spaces and inspire dreams. We design and merchandise to create outdoor spaces that are as stylish, comfortable, and functional as our interior designs. By thinking outside the box of what “belongs” where, we are able to create wonderful outdoor spaces that inspire lifestyle dreams.
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