23 May 2024 Last updated at 11:34

Let’s Go Outside - Kitchen trends: Indoor Outdoor Living

An open-plan kitchen with large Crittall or bi-fold doors overlooking a spacious patio and lush green garden is the ultimate in kitchen dreaming for many of our clients. Creating a seamless transition from kitchen to garden not only creates a light, bright space, but also a relaxed indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

We've been speaking to our friends at Bridgman, a third-generation family business, who have been making the UK's favourite luxury garden furniture and outdoor accessories since 1977. Their experts have shared their top 5 ideas to create a seamless indoor-outdoor connection in your own kitchen.

 Achieving a seamless indoor-outdoor transition often hinges on maintaining visual continuity between interior flooring and outdoor paving. Consider extending your indoor flooring into your outdoor living space. Alternatively, select outdoor paving materials that complement the tones and textures of your indoor flooring.

 Foster a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces by harmonising colours and materials. Choose plush, inviting furniture that mirrors the aesthetic of your home, whether it leans towards contemporary chic, muted hues, or timeless elegance. Rope furniture, for example, is a contemporary addition to outdoor spaces, offering both style and durability. Rattan comes in various weaves, catering to classic and modern aesthetics. 

Consider the various roles your outdoor living space will fulfil. From hosting social gatherings on adaptable modular sets tailored to your area's dimensions, to indulging in moments of relaxation on plush sunbeds, or savouring outdoor meals on elegant dining sets for all sizes, opt for versatile furnishings that seamlessly accommodate your changing requirements.

Embrace unconventional layouts. While a conventional square or rectangular shape may seem intuitive, survey the contours of your garden before cementing your plans. For elongated spaces, consider arranging furniture diagonally to optimise spatial dynamics.

 Use your kitchen island as an indoor-outdoor bar - whether it's savouring drinks under the stars or mingling over appetisers indoors, the adaptability of your kitchen island amplifies the allure of your integrated living space.

Harvey Jones Kitchens

20 - 22 The Exchange
T: 0115 924 3600


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