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Too cold to go outdoors? Who says the outdoors can’t also be indoors?

One of the big design trends we’ve been seeing and featuring lately is “bringing the outdoors in.”

Having the outdoors all year round - inside!

We don’t just mean opening up your home with French and bifold doors – it’s getting way too chilly for that! We mean actually redesigning your home to bring the outdoors inside so you can enjoy nature in warmth and comfort. 

 


 

Having the outdoors all year round - inside!

We’ve traditionally used pot plants to create the look of nature in our homes, but modern home owners are going way beyond that. This bathroom uses the texture of river pebbles to break up the flat grey surfaces of the concrete and tiles. The palms in their wooden barrels not only add a splash of green to the room, but create a sense of privacy.

 


 

Having the outdoors all year round - inside!

What do you do when you live in a concrete home that’s about as cosy as a car park building? Bring in lots of soft colourful furnishings and big springy plants and relax in your hammock, of course! Every home should have one.

 


 

Having the outdoors all year round - inside!

When it’s raining, my wife and I fight over whose turn it is to go out into the garden to pick the herbs we use in our meals. I always seem to lose, so I found this photo of an indoor kitchen garden to be enormously interesting. It not only puts your everyday herbs within arm’s reach, but has an aesthetic quality too.

 


 

Having the outdoors all year round - inside!

Stuck for what to do with all that empty space under your stairs? Create a feature garden with some white boulders, highlighting and low-light plants.

 


 

Having the outdoors all year round - inside!

We’ve got a tall wall up the side of our staircase – similar to the one pictured above – that’s backlit by a giant window showing up every tiny imperfection in the wall. We wondered what to do with it until we saw this photo. Vertical gardens are all the rage right now because they look great and add life to your home – literally, in the form of oxygen. And don’t worry about maintenance – this one is self-watering and self-feeding so all you have to do is give it a trim once in a while.

 


 

Having the outdoors all year round - inside!

I especially like this vertical garden with its pretzel-like creepers and range of different plants, textures and colours, but then I discovered that this garden has a special secret – it has been ‘stabilised’. By that, they mean that the plants are real but the natural sap has been drained out of them and replaced with some kind of resin. The result – real plants with absolutely no maintenance required – ever. I’m not sure that’s my cup of tea but for many I’m sure it’s a dream come true.

At Pzazz Building, we’re all for creating green environments and bringing the outdoors inside. Don’t hesitate to contact us about how to make your renovation friendly to the environment as well as your family.

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