How to marry your kitchen and garden to create the perfect indoor/outdoor space
Moretti Blog • June 20, 2018
f your family enjoy eating dinner outdoors when the weather is fine or you’re a keen cook who likes to host garden get-togethers, it’s well worth considering whether you should blur the line between your kitchen and outdoor space.
Opening your kitchen up has a whole host of benefits: not only will your space feel much larger, but serving food outside will also become far easier. Plus, blending the boundaries between your home and the great outdoors can have a positive effect on your mindset: according to a study published by ScienceDirect, spending more time in green spaces can help to relieve stress and anxiety. So, if you would like to make your life easier and experience these benefits, try bringing the outdoors in and vice versa. Here, we’re going to talk about how to create the perfect indoor/outdoor space with your kitchen and garden. Read on to learn more.
Make sure you can cook and dine outdoors
One sure-fire way to bridge the gap between your kitchen and garden is by creating an outdoor space where you can comfortably cook and enjoy meals with your nearest and dearest.
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At the very least, you’ll need a garden dining area that can accommodate everyone in your household, as well as a few guests if appropriate. If you really want to ensure that your kitchen and garden space flows nicely, make sure to choose garden furniture that fits in well with your interior décor. For example, if your home has a rustic look, a wooden table and chairs will work well. Or, if your taste is more modern, a metal set would be more suitable — we like these ones from Wyevale Garden Centres.
If you want to do the best possible job of combining your kitchen and garden space, why not set up an outdoor cooking space, too? This can be as simple as creating a permanent barbecue spot or as extravagant as putting together a full outdoor kitchen. It’s entirely up to you. If this is something you’re interested in pursuing, check out DIY Network’s outdoor kitchen ideas to get some inspiration.
Blur the boundary between your kitchen and garden
One of the best ways to create a large, cohesive indoor/outdoor space is by blurring the boundaries between your kitchen and garden. There are a range of ways in which you can do this.
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If you have the budget and are serious about creating an open space, you could consider replacing one of your kitchen’s exterior walls with a set of sliding glass doors. This will do a great job of blurring the boundaries, and let a lot more light in. View the case studies over at Express Bi-folding Doors to see what we mean.
If you’re not in a position to spend the time or money on a large renovation project, you can help to tie the whole space together by decorating both your kitchen and garden using similar colours. For example, if the walls in your kitchen are painted a nice bright colour, you can then fill your garden with cushions, plant pots, and decorations of the same hue. This will help everything to seem far more cohesive.
Bring some plants indoors
Remember that it’s not just about bringing the indoors out: you can bring the outdoors in, too. The easiest way to do this is by incorporating plants into your kitchen.
Consider growing herbs, which you can then use in both your indoor and outdoor cooking. Jamie Oliver has a fantastic guide to growing herbs, which outlines how you can create your own selection that includes basil, chives, coriander, and more.
Alternatively, if you would like to introduce more greenery to your home but have very little free time, it’s best to opt for low-maintenance varieties that will look after themselves for the most part. English ivy, aloe vera, and spider plants are all great choices. Place them in various spots around your home, and your garden and kitchen will soon start to feel far more connected.
If you want to open up your kitchen and make it easier for you to cook and enjoy food in your garden, combining the two spaces is a great way to go. These are just some of the steps you can take towards making it happen.
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