Live inside out

It’s where we go to be inspired, rejuvenated or calmed. For many of us, nature is an escape, a retreat, a muse or simply a place where we are reminded of the natural order of things. The sights, smells, sounds and textures of nature feed our soul, the beauty of which we don’t question, we just appreciate in the most instinctual natural way.

Why not then capture some of this intuitive sense of beauty and peace in our homes and albeit in smaller doses, take in this soul-food more often.

Here are our tips on how to live inside out or outside in…

  • Use nature-inspired murals and artwork to create the illusion of the outdoors inside. Choose artwork or photographs with depth to draw you in and calm you.

1. Nature-inspired wall murals and artwork

  • Open up windows and doors to let in as much natural light as possible. Choose to install window finishes that help direct the light into the indoor space in a way that appreciates the different colours and intensity of the light, from sunrise to sunset, from gentle to bright.

2. Shutters allow in natural light by either opening the louvres or pulling back the shutters completely.

  • Use natural materials for flooring, furnishing and accessories such as wood, coir, wicker, bamboo etc.

3. Rustic fittings, exposed brickwork, wood floors and coir rugs bring the outdoors in

  • Maximise your view. Whether it’s a beautiful garden, the sea, mountains or blue sky, make sure to make the most of what’s beyond your windows and doors.

4. Bi-fold or by-pass shutters stack away to either one or both sides of an opening to reveal the view in full picture.

  • Delight your senses with the sounds and scents of nature. Burn incense to remind yourself of a pine forest, or a floral-filled garden. Fill your home with fresh flowers and use a water-feature to take you to the trickle of a stream.

5. Be calmed by the smells and sounds of nature.

  • There is nothing more invigorating than crisp, clean fresh air. The smell of morning on an early breeze, welcome cool air on a warm day or the chill of evening before nightfall let in the healthy, cleansing energy of fresh air.
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6. Control ventilation with the opening and closing of louvres and or shutters to warm or cool your indoor space.

  • Decorate and furnish your home with elements of nature. Shells, pine cones, twigs, seeds, dried flowers or pebbles, the options are endless and all create a space that reminds of the natural beauty of nature.

7. Pebbled floors and tree trunks as side tables make this an indoor space that celebrates nature in every way.

  • Use patterns and designs inspired by our natural world to decorate every room in your home, from cushions to ceramics, from ornaments and sculptures to fabrics.

8. Stay close to nature in both topic and texture when it comes to home accessories.

  • Nothing brings nature in as effectively as a seamless outdoor-indoor flow. Opening up a room onto a patio or garden melts the boundaries of the interior and exterior and extends the space and the style of the room.

9. Shutters are ideal for installation on all windows and doors, especially when merging the outdoors with the interior of a home.

  • Perhaps the best way to show respect for nature in your home is to use eco-friendly materials whenever possible. AMERICAN shutters’ Security Shutters are made of 100% recyclable powder-coated aluminium and our Decowood shutters range is manufactured from advanced wood-composite, one of the most eco-friendly materials available.

10. Security Shutters are made from 100% recyclable aluminium

Our recommended shutters for indoor-outdoor areas

Suitable for interior and exterior installation, Security Shutters are maintenance-free and durable in South Africa’s harsh weather conditions. Their versatility, style and strength make them perfect for installation on all doorways leading to the outdoor areas of the home. The adjustable louvres and the various designs – hinged, bi-fold or by-pass – make them exceptionally effective in controlling light and ventilation; protecting from sun, wind and rain when needed.

The reinforced steel rods running though the core of each louvre and extending into the stiles, the spring loaded bolt system and key locks on either or both the top and bottom positions of the shutters provide a robust framework and formidable security barrier, protecting your home and your family.

AMERICAN shutters’ Security Shutters come in five standard finishes including a choice of 4 ‘wood grains’ – walnut, cherry, old oak and mahogany and end caps on stiles and louvres are colour coded to match.

Considered a permanent fixture, aluminium Shutters add value, style and security to any home.

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