Summer makes us realize how important it is to bring open up our homes to the outdoors. Incorporating natural elements in design and decor creates a refreshing oasis. Even a small touch—a vase of fresh flowers, bowl of fruit or batik cushion—can lower stress and brighten your outlook. In addition to introducing a pop of color into your space. If you are planning new construction or a major remodel, opening your home to nature with windows and skylights is a must.


Window Opportunity

In the kitchen above, a breathtaking view takes center stage. To avoid interrupting the view, the cabinets, countertops and backsplash materials are simple and in neutral colors. The neutral kitchen elements play a supporting role to the view and the lack of window coverings allow more outdoor exposure.

Not many homes are in settings like the one above, but you can evaluate the view from your kitchen window and look for opportunity. Is there a space for a wall garden on the side of the garage, or can you add a stepping stone path?

kitchen with white shaker cabinets has center island with butcher block countertop, peninsula with rattan bar stools, potted plants on counters and hardwood floors
Kitchen Design by Sammi Lindemann

Indoor Decor & Features

In the kitchen above, potted plants, rattan bar stools, hardwood floors and island countertop incorporate nature in the environment. Meanwhile, the wide-open floor plan seamlessly connects an interior space to outdoor-facing rooms. Not interested in adopting live plants? There are beautiful artificial plants available. No excuses necessary.

kitchen has raised-panel cherry cabinets, hardwood floors, bay window over the sink, skylight and picture window in the eating nook with pantry
Fresh fruit and vegetables, cherry cabinets and hardwood floors introduce nature into this galley kitchen. A bay window over the sink, skylight and unimpeded view through the dining nook’s picture window connect the space to the outdoors on three fronts.
California kitchen with shaker white cabinets has pass-through windows over the sink that open to a patio bar
This California kitchen altogether eliminates the boundary between inside and out. Folding windows connect the counter to the patio bar with ease. Glass-door cabinets above the windows and door also create a full-wall open-air effect.
Kitchen has white Shaker cabinets, mullion window and french doors, rich oak hardwood floors and a center island facing the french doors
Take a seat at the island above and let the view through the French doors transport you to the lawn beyond. Rich hardwood flooring reflects the natural wood in the adjacent deck.
kitchen has white shaker cabinets, wood countertops, bar stools and floor, and natural stone backsplash

Stone Elements

Consider using slate, natural stone tiles or river rock to connect your space to the outdoors. In the kitchen above, a natural stone backsplash extends to the ceiling on the cooktop wall. The stone also extends across the window ledge and frame, connecting the kitchen to the view beyond. The natural effect is further enhanced by the hardwood island countertop, bar stool seats and flooring. Do you have any tips for our readers, or a photo to share of your favorite outside-in space? Post below!