Welcome in the Outdoors | Allison Paladino
When you invite the outside into your home, you’re also inviting a tranquil state of mind. Now, more than ever, people want to bridge the divide between inside and out, says Allison Paladino of Allison Paladino Interior Design in Palm Beach. “We continue to see clients gravitating toward designs that incorporate natural materials and blur the distinction between outdoor living and indoor,” she says.
To accomplish this, she says, pepper your decor with natural woods and fibers, floral motifs and shell accents. Also, give your outdoor space a facelift by adding indoor-quality furniture, and even art. When outdoor living spaces feel plush, they are perfect for relaxing or entertaining.
Below, are some examples of bringing the outdoors in, as well as some words to live by when returning to nature.
|This sunroom by HomeLife Interiors brings the sophistication of the indoors outside. Photo by Robert Brantley
She sells seashells.
Shells are another easy way to incorporate the outdoors into your design. In a coastal environment like Palm Beach, they also can create a sense of place.
|Kourtney mussel shell lamp, ARTERIORS Home ($1,260, 561-366-9588).|
|Beachhead mirror, Currey & Co. ($790, 561-833-0880).|
|Teak root stools, Lars Bolander ($750-$950, larsbolander.com).|
Natural materials like wood can go a long way in creating an outdoor-indoor aesthetic. “Use a variety of rich woods in finishes softened with glazes and highlights,” Paladino says.
|Provence seating collection, Restoration Hardware (prices vary, restorationhardware.com).|
|Ocean hand-tufted wool rug, Angela Adams ($375-$3,500, angelaadams.com).
Go ahead: Buy that driftwood table, tree-branch lamp or bamboo-printed bedspread. Small touches like these can immediately connect you to the great outdoors.
|Bamboo (left) and Palm Springs (right) wallpaper, LULU DK (price upon request, luludk.com)|
|K2 Design used a palm tree motif to mirror the garden view.|