Color offers one of the most common ways to pull the outside in. Do you have a leafy green view outside your window? Pull that color inside with your furnishings. Don’t think the green has to be an exact match; introducing it in different shades than what you see outdoors will create dimension.
If you’re lucky enough to have a beautiful view of the water, consider blues. Blue furnishings, walls and rugs create a seamless connection between inside and out.
If you live in a place that gets sun aplenty, bring that feeling inside with yellows. An easy and affordable way is through accessories, such as throw pillows, trays and even fruit.
If you’re a gardener with a passion for flowers, pull their beauty indoors by reflecting their colors. The eye immediately connects this bold red couch with the flowers just outside the window, looking straight past the barrier of the wall.
A palette of blue and green is fresh and classic, and will fill the space with the airy feel of a grassy walk lakeside.
Feel free to incorporate colors that aren’t necessarily seen outdoors. In fact, mixing in complementary colors will further enhance the colors inspired by nature. Royal blues emulate the bright blue of the pool, while strong orange helps the blues stand out.
You can introduce the outdoors through materials too. If you have trees in your view, consider finishing your space with natural wood.
If your windows look out onto a stone patio, look for a way to incorporate stone indoors. This example is a deluxe application, but you can achieve the same feel with beautiful pebbles and stones in vignettes along your shelves.
Besides natural elements, what do you see out your window? In this case, tile in a fountain outside connects to the interior through more tiling in the archway.
Notice how one simple houseplant in the corner of this space creates an immediate connection with the outdoor view. Green ottomans and throw pillows help spread the feel of nature throughout the space.
Take a good look at the plants you see through your windows, then try to find houseplants of a similar variety or style for inside.
Consider using a natural material, such as wood, for the flooring. Fill the space with neutral furniture that won’t compete with the view and pepper it with flowers and houseplants. The cohesion is there, yet the view is still the main attraction.