It’s tempting to think about the inside and outside of your home as two separate and distinct areas for decoration. However, if you learn how to complement interior decorating with the outdoors, you’ll find that guests feel more at ease in all areas of your home, and that making design decisions becomes easier as you have an overarching theme to fall back on.
Having an outside structure helps to maintain the flow between your interior and exterior design spaces as it gives you a canvas to work on in the same way that your walls and floor give you space to work on inside. A pergola is the perfect structure as you can build it anywhere and it can be made in a wide variety of materials and sizes to create a good flow between inside and outside. Some tips to help coordinate your pergola space with your interior decorating include:
- Take cues from nature – if you’ve build your pergola on your deck or patio right outside your home, only a door will separate your inside living spaces from your outdoor entertaining areas. To provide some continuity, you should look around the rest of your yard for inspiration. For example, you could find plants that grow in another part of the yard and bring a potted sample into the house as well as hanging them from the pergola beams. You could also find tree prints for your cushions and match these designs with artwork on the walls inside.
- Match textures – a typical pergola is made with strong wooden beams, so a great way to complement this texture is to find wooden pieces of the same texture for your inside. This could be as simple as wooden frames for your artwork to reframing the door that leads outside in the same type and style of wood as your pergola. The visual effect of the matching textures will be pleasing to the eye and make an instant connection between the two spaces.
- Find a unifying accent colour – finally, you should identify a solid colour to use in both your pergola decorations and your inside accents. This doesn’t have to be as drastic as a full collar feature wall, but could be a set of cushions that you divide between the two spaces, or dishware in the same design throughout your home.
The key for creating a flow throughout your indoor and outdoor spaces is to plan ahead and pick a style that will last all year long. It can be tempting to think about matching your interior decorating with the outdoors in accordance with the season, but you’ll find it easier to shoot for a timeless style that blends both spaces together. Examples include a coastal them of whites and blues with a playful air or a more modern look with plenty of chrome and glass to complement smooth and sleek lines. Once you have your theme worked out, you can think about which elements will work best inside and out and then begin your harmonious decorating project.