How to make your indoors feel like the great outdoors with clever fabrics and statement furniture.
What does it mean to ‘bring the outdoors in’?
One of the big trends for interiors and interior design this year, is to bring the outdoors inside. In other words: to add floral or natural features and colours to your living areas to re-create the lush, fresh, and invigorating feeling of being in a garden.
Why do it?
While we might like to spend the majority of our time outside in the garden, the reality is that mostly we work, live and play indoors. So by introducing elements of the outdoors environment to the indoors, we gain the best of both worlds. Echoing features of the natural world in your living areas, also creates a pleasant feeling of relaxation and serenity. More than this though, creating this natural theme will empower you as you recuperate! If you have rooms that open up directly onto your garden, bringing the outside in creates a sense of flow from one to the other. And quite simply the more indoor/outdoor flow you have in your home, the larger your living space feels.
Get the look – How to bring the outdoors in
This ‘garden city’ look works especially well in a modern, industrial-style interior. A bright contemporary space already features a lot of white, chrome and glass to create a feeling of space and light. Simply take it up a notch by adding a few garden-inspired pieces, and entering your room will feel like stepping outside into the brightness of the garden. Use a burst of garden colour to contrast beautifully with a world of white, black and chrome. Choose leafy greens or floral hues that you see in nature. Less is more. Don’t go overboard, it’s better to choose a few dramatic statement pieces than clutter your home with many items in small floral patterns.
Remember to keep things light and bright overall.
You don’t need green fingers to succeed: 5 tips on how to create the look:[ezcol_1half]
1. A Floral Centrepiece
Choose a leaf-green sofa, a chair with big bold floral motifs – possibly in black and white.
2. Make a Bold Statement
Invest in a rug or chandelier light with a dramatic, over-sized floral motif. A bold statement in interior design can really accentuate the theme you are striving for. Don't be afraid! Be creative, design the interior you desire in your theme, enhance the luscious natural or environmental feel, and own it!
3. Still Life
Create clusters of small potted plants that draw out the garden colours in your rug, sofa or cushions. Cacti and succulents are a good choice if you want low-maintenance, non shedding plants.
4. Natural Asymmetry
Nature is rarely uniform in size, shape or colour, so look for multi-tonal hues in your garden-inspired features. You can also consider using natural materials without symmetry for a similar effect – use this in moderation though to avoid clutter!
5. Glorious in Green
To be even more authentic, place different shades of green directly next to each other, just as you would see outdoors. Throw cushions are good for this.
Blend the trend with long-lasting Delcor quality
Delcor’s Metro sofa (pictured) in multi-tonal leaf greens creates a modern, eye-catching centrepiece with a strong garden theme. The different shades of green cleverly capture the natural effect of light and shade on a tree in the sunshine. The Metro chair (pictured) looks stunning in a bold print, with oversized leafs and blooms. The modern Metro is a natural fit with 2015’s ‘outside in’ trend. With its long chrome plated legs, and low-back, its design naturally creates the illusion of extra space in a room. Simply choose it in a garden shade of soft fabric, to turn your city pad into a garden city.
Get the look – Reinvigorate your home
For a personal style consultation, please visit our showrooms to talk to one of our interior design experts in our inspiration rooms.
Will it Fit?
It is important to make sure that your new Delcor furniture will fit into your home. This quick guide will help you to work out if your furniture will fit into your room via doors, hallways and stairs.
If it does not fit, then don’t worry - all of our furniture is custom made and for a nominal charge is able to come apart and be assembled on-site by our qualified delivery team.
Firstly, note down the length, depth and height of your furniture. This information can be found on the product pages of our website.
Let's start at the front door. Open the door as wide as possible and measure the distance between the outer edge of the door to the inner edge of your doorframe at its narrowest point.
Compare the width of your doorframe with the height of your item allowing a little wiggle room on either side. This will determine if we can take the item through on its side. If the door width is greater than the height of your item, then it will fit through.
If the width of your front door is too narrow, then our delivery team can try to bring your item through upright. In this case, measure the height of your doorway making sure that it is greater than your item width. Again, check that there is some wiggle room.
If it does not fit give us a call as we can take off the legs or look at alternatives such as taking your furniture apart and assembling it on-site.
We need to make sure your furniture can get into the room that you’d like it to sit in. Measure the width of any areas that the item must pass through, such as hallways and internal doors at their narrowest points.
Remember to take note of possible obstructions such as radiators, shelving, skirting boards and light fittings. As long as the width at the narrowest point is greater than the height of your item, then your furniture will fit.
If your furniture needs to go up any stairs, measure the width of the staircase at its narrowest point. Remember to take any handrails or light fixtures into account. If this distance is wider than the height of your item then it should fit.
If you have a bannister and the furniture needs to be lifted over it, check that the distance between the bannister and the ceiling is greater than the depth of the item. Once at the top of the stairs, make sure there is enough room on the landing for our delivery team to manoeuvre your item into your chosen room.
If you have any questions please give us a call or pop into one of our showrooms, we would be happy to help.
The final part of the Delcor experience is delivery. We understand the importance of and respect that is required when delivering to your home – that’s why we do it ourselves. All our deliveries and installations are carried out by our own trained delivery teams using our own vehicles.
We will call you 7 to 14 days prior to your delivery to discuss the exact dates. At that time, we can talk about an am or pm delivery. You can change your delivery slot at any time but this may affect when the next delivery slot will be available.
On the day we will give you a call one hour before your delivery is due. We will remove and packaging and ensure the room is left just as we found it. Please ensure that the room is ready and the space for your new piece of furniture is ready. Unfortunately, we cannot remove any old furniture due to health and safety.
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