When summer arrives and the sun shines thoughts turn to the great outdoors. Those lucky enough to have some outdoor space will be making the most of the summer, pottering in the garden, tending to lawns and enjoying barbecues and other outdoor social occasions.
The desire to fully utilise outdoor spaces is growing but the UK’s inconsistent weather can literally put a dampener on things. Gone are the days of long hot summers, with months of constant guaranteed sunshine with not a rain cloud in sight. These days adding a room to the back of homes is becoming increasingly popular and conservatories and orangeries can not only add value to houses, they also bring with them a great sense of the outdoors. Usually made predominantly of glass, these structures are filled with light and capitalise on the heat from the sun to create a warm, relaxing space that feels like it is both indoors and out. Perfect for relaxing in natural light, even on a rainy day, orangeries and conservatories are a great way of connecting your garden with your home and it’s no surprise that more and more homeowners are choosing to invest this way.
But even those that don’t have a garden have found ways of bringing the outdoors in. The use of wooden or wicker furniture, plants and natural textures can all help and utilising colour is very important too, going a long way towards creating the atmosphere you want. Lots of earthy tones; greens, browns, creams and even deep reds can bring a sense of the great outdoors, especially when used alongside naturally textured accessories.
Bamboo is a fabulous natural material that has been used to create lots of inexpensive home accessories from furniture to window blinds. Leather or leather effect homeware can also give you that look and feel but of course can be a lot pricier. But there’s no material that shouts nature quite like wood, and a great base for your outside-inside styling is a wood effect laminate flooring. Available in wide range of woods and shades, laminate is the perfect flooring to create the natural style. Choose a light oak laminate flooring to give any room a beautiful look and the perfect natural finish. Or a terracotta tile style laminate to create a patio feel. Dress with lots of green plants, natural coloured accessories and wicker furniture to brighten your room with a fresh look and to get that outdoor look.
If you’re not sure which style to go for, order some free laminate flooring samples to help you make up your mind.
If you’re working with a bigger budget, then engineered wood flooring is pretty hard to beat and the closest thing to real wood on the market. Beautifully comfortable underfoot, engineered wood will also give your home a high-end luxurious finish. Again, there is a wide array of woods to choose from to give your room that air of the outdoors. Select a dark wood flooring such as walnut and dress the room with lots of colourful flowering plants. Add some wooden furniture in oak or pine and enhance with floral accessories such as pictures and soft furnishings to create a country garden ambience inside your home.
So if you are fed up with the great British summertime, check out our choice of laminate floors and engineered wood flooring as the first step towards introducing the outdoors into your home.