Creating Indoor-Outdoor Living Spaces

25 March 2019 - 2 min read

One of the biggest shifts in the home and interior design industry in recent years is the move away from closed floor plans and towards multiple blended living spaces. This design involves a more fluid use of the indoor and outdoor areas of the home, allowing for better flow and integration throughout the overall living space.

While homeowners across Australia have always enjoyed indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, Queenslanders have a distinct advantage. Beautiful year-round weather means that blending interior and exterior living zones is particularly ideal for Australia’s sun-drenched state.

At Porter Davis, we’ve leveraged the design DNA of our best-selling homes in Victoria and tailored this to suit Queensland’s love of outdoor living and entertaining. As a result, our homes showcase the very best of Porter Davis’s renowned design and style while also drawing upon Queensland lifestyle essentials, such as the prominence of the alfresco area.

Transitional living spaces are the perfect way for Queenslanders to get the most out of their outdoor area throughout the whole year, while also extending the reach of their indoor spaces. If you’re unsure how to go about achieving this look and design, we’ve compiled a list of tips on how you can create the indoor-outdoor style in your own home.

Blended Living Spaces

The popularity of open, blended living spaces in Australian homes is due to its ability to introduce light, space and depth into interior rooms. When executed properly with defined zoning, blended living spaces can not only make your home feel bigger, brighter and more inviting, but can also help alfresco areas to act as natural extensions of the indoor space.

These blended spaces perfectly cater to the busy activities of the modern Australian family, allowing people to engage and interact more easily in a communal space while still allocating individual areas for relaxation and concentration.

Bi-fold doors

Bi-fold doors are made up of panels that fold up into a stack against one side of the wall when the door is opened. Typically used to offer unimpeded views of patios, backyards or gardens, bi-fold doors also allow plenty of natural light to filter through into the home, and offer an elegant solution for bridging the gap between the indoors and outdoors.

Outdoor Dining

Hosting outdoor barbeques and dinner parties are some of the most enjoyable ways to put your alfresco area to better use. Whether your preference is for a casual patio lounge set or more formal dining arrangements, be sure to sure to invest in outdoor furniture pieces that are long lasting, weather resistant, and ideally low maintenance. This will enable you to treat your outdoor area as an additional living space in which to relax, eat meals, and entertain guests.

For fans of the Classic style, the Marriott Grange on display at Rochedale beautifully exemplifies stylish and sophisticated alfresco dining.

Enclosed Alfresco Area

For those who want to spend more leisure time in their outdoor area without constant exposure to the elements, the use of blinds to enclose a patio is a popular choice. Whether you opt for fully or partially transparent blinds, these allow for great flexibility where the weather is concerned, offering protection from wind, rain, and direct or intense sunlight.


Furniture isn’t the only thing that can make your outdoor space feel more comfortable and appealing. Try adding decorative touches such as outdoor cushions or throws, lighting options like fairy lights or lanterns, or feature pieces like an ornamental mirror or vase. Leafy pot plants, large or small, also work wonders for brightening up a balcony or patio; meanwhile, outdoor rugs add interest and texture to simple spaces. Decorating your alfresco area will help it to feel much more lived in, like an integral aspect of your home.

Water features

Water features and installations bestow gardens, patios, and backyards with an aura of ambiance and tranquility, heightening the existing beauty of natural elements. Versatile in both design and scale, they can be subtle and unassuming, such as a solitary fountain or bird bath, or striking enough to completely transform a space, such as a koi pond or a water wall. Water features are a fantastic way to enhance the look and feel of your alfresco area, whether that’s coolly modern, charmingly rustic or beautifully classic.


Having greenery inside the house has many health and lifestyle benefits. Apart from their naturally bright and decorative appearances, household plants help to purify indoor air, liven up dark or drab spaces, and even decrease the stress levels of inhabitants.

There are a variety of popular indoor plants that brighten up communal living spaces and are easy to maintain. With their glossy, leafy foliage, fiddle leaf figs add warmth to interiors, while rubber plants fit in perfectly with modern, minimalistic décor. Potted cacti, ferns and succulents look cheerful adorning window sills and mantelpieces, while hanging plants such as string of pearls create beautiful visual drama with their cascading tendrils.

As Australia’s sunniest state, Queensland is best placed to take advantage of indoor-outdoor living, which allows homeowners to fully leverage both the exterior and interior zones of their homes. With a little creativity and ingenuity, it’s easy to create living spaces that can be utilised throughout the year, whether they’re indoors or outdoors. It’s the perfect way to enjoy Queensland’s alfresco lifestyle.

Visualise how this style would complement your own home by taking a look at Porter Davis’s beautifully designed homes in Queensland.