Bringing Outdoors In
While this has been a popular topic in the home decorating world for some time, most of the time the suggestions include bringing in greenery and outdoor elements into the home. I would like to concentrate on the benefits of outdoor furniture and décor when used indoors.
Outdoor furniture and décor has been designed with durability in mind. If these items can withstand rain, wind and sun, then they should do equally well in homes with pets and children. Kitchens, dining rooms and bathroom are obvious locations to start incorporating outdoor elements. However, even living and family rooms, as well as bedrooms, would benefit from an infusion of a casual accessory from your backyard or porch.
Some of the items designed for outdoor use that would work particularly well inside the home are fabrics such as Sunbrella (generic duck fabric is a great budget alternative), which resist mold and sun damage and can easily be wiped clean after a spill. Buy readymade chair cushions for the kitchen stools or re-upholster dining room chairs in these colorful and durable fabrics. Same can be said about the durability of the outdoor rugs. However, since they generally aren’t nearly as plush underfoot as their indoor-only counterparts, they’re best used under a dining/kitchen table or in the hallway/entryway. You won’t need to worry about spills or dirt soaking through.
House Beautiful has a great list of items that have been manufactured for outdoor use but would look equally elegant indoors. http://www.housebeautiful.com/shopping/furniture/indoor-outdoor-patio-furniture-0610#slide-1
Outdoor chairs that would enhance any indoor décor,
Backyard pillows that bring style and durability indoors,
Multifunctioning metal accessories that add rustic charm,
For more ideas on how to use furniture and accessories traditionally designed for outdoor use indoors, please visit my Pinterest board, http://pinterest.com/enviedhome/envied-home-bring-the-outdoors-in/