Design on the patio and balcony is becoming ever more homely – the indoor and outdoor worlds now merge
Living is currently experiencing an impulse towards outdoors: Furniture for the garden, patio and balcony has never been so homely as it is now. Outdoor lounges are becoming more popular, with furniture and lighting that would also make a good impression in normal living areas. Floor-to-ceiling windows and open architecture allow classical living inside the home to merge with the “green room” outside.
Living design is becoming more flexible – outdoor furniture also works inside, and vice versa
In many cases, there is barely a difference between outdoor and indoor design. Synthetic lounge chairs and weatherproof sofas are taking over spaces in the fresh air. It is now almost impossible to tell that this furniture is intended for use outdoors – the style evokes natural fibers and the feel of the waterproof covers is also pleasant. Possible variations for outdoor designer furniture include comfortable day beds or complete groups of padded seats. Many of these new chairs can also be moved into the living room when more seating is required – without looking like garden furniture. The “Fatboy” beanbag has also made the transition from indoors to outdoors – the classic living room trend is now available in weatherproof materials.
New materials connect indoor and outdoor worlds
Flooring materials also build a bridge from indoors to outdoors. These include new, resistant tiles with a natural stone or wood effect. These look good both in the living room and also on the patio. The trend is supported by specially treated wood materials such as WPC (wood polymer composites) and modern thermotreated wood – which is weatherproof and gives a warm radiance.
Carefully planned outdoor lighting
The trend for living in green surroundings is also characterized by innovative lighting solutions. Easy-to-use electronics can create a multi-faceted ambience all around the house. Trees are lit up in mood lighting, creating a charming backdrop. Functional lighting for the balcony and patio takes a back seat. A pleasant atmosphere can also be created using ethanol fireplaces, which are currently very popular in living rooms. Some models are suitable for use both indoors and outdoors.