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IDEAS TO LINK YOUR INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SPACE

IDEAS TO LINK YOUR INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SPACE

Let It Flow

Pasadena enjoys one of the most perfect climates in the world. It is mild enough even in winter to sit outside and in summer, with the right shading, you can enjoy outdoor living morning, noon and evening. It is worth giving some extra thought to how you can link your indoor and outdoor areas so they flow seamlessly. Eating outdoors for example doesn’t want to feel like a big effort that puts you off doing it. If your outdoor area is not working well and does not feel inviting, consult with a Pasadena interior designer or landscape contractor about how to better organize the space or add features that will make you want to head outdoors.

OPEN IT UP

If going outside laden with a tray involves awkwardly shimmying through a small doorway, or worse still, doing a detour around the side of the house, you may want to consider opening things up. The minute a wall or window comes down you will feel more of a connection with your outdoor space and bring the garden indoors. Your local Pasadena window and door contractor can assess whether you need accordion doors, sliding doors, French doors or doors that disappear completely. A larger opening will immediate improve the flow.

COVER IT UP

Putting a roof over your outdoor area will double the amount of time you spend there. A roof will keep it warmer in the cooler months and shade you in summer. Drapes can be added on the sides to make the area feel more like a room and add a little protection from breezes. Landscape contractors can suggest various gazebo or pergola ideas if you want a freestanding structure. If you prefer a structure that is attached to your property, you will need to consult a Pasadena architect.

LIGHT IT UP

You will be reluctant to spend time outdoors in the evening if you can’t see. Awkward shadows and dim lighting can be irritating rather than atmospheric. In the same way as you layer your lighting indoors, think of layering outside with task lighting near the barbecue and gentler lighting where you are your guests are sitting having a drink. Make sure you have enough lighting at your outdoor dining table that comes from above so you can see your food.

HEAT IT UP

Even in Pasadena, some evenings can get a little cool. Adding heating to your outdoor space makes it available to you throughout the year. If you have a permanent outdoor fixture, consider putting heaters in the ceiling that can be turned on with the flick of a switch. The initial outlay will be considerably more expensive that than freestanding heaters, but the effect is pleasanter and the ease with which you can warm up your area is priceless. You may need to consult with a Pasadena electrical contractor to see whether this would be possible in your situation. A fire pit will also not only add heat but a cosy focal point that guests and family will enjoy gathering around. Add a few blankets and a few extra cushions and no-one will want to leave.

By Jane Noble