How To Bring the Colorado Outdoors Inside

A few weeks ago, we focused a blog topic on Colorado homeowners who have smartly brought their living space outside to enjoy the Colorado weather.

Today, we’re looking at the inverse: Colorado homeowners who have brought Colorado nature inside their homes for creative and unique home decor. To find the best examples, we asked our network of more than 18,000 local brokers and REALTORS® throughout Colorado. Here are the top responses we received:


Real Colorado trees that grow through an open stairwell

“I’ve seen a tree planted in the basement that grew up through an open stairwell. It has been trimmed back a few times since it is now ceiling height.”

Terrie Bedarcyk, ABR, CNE, CRS, GRI, SRES

Brokers Guild Cherry Creek

Take advantage of Colorado’s natural light

“I work in upscale neighborhoods of Denver where tear downs are frequent, and I am seeing a design element which is truly bringing the 300 days of Colorado sunshine (and lack of mosquitoes) into the home with designs borrowed from the famous mid-century modern Case Study homes of Southern California from the 1960’s.  Sliders and French doors are being replaced with glass and steel roll-up garage doors. Yes garage doors! When lifted the boundary between the interior and exterior truly vanishes. These rooms are designed with flooring the works both interior and exterior thus again eliminating the old fashioned threshold. However, design and placement is key, and this is where a design professional can be your best friend. South oriented position sans mature landscaping can literally bake the area during the months of July and August. North facing can be a challenge during the winter months with potential for snow build-up. Also the garage doors need to be “beefed-up” concerning insulation as they have double-duty as an exterior wall and not just for car storage. There are many talented architects in Colorado who can assist with designs bringing the outdoors in to your kitchen, great room, walk-out basement, even master bedrooms.”

Joseph Sobin

Engel & Voelkers

Enjoy wind-protected, indoor/outdoor decks

“TriPoint homes at Candellas has a wonderful model where the patio is nested into a u-shape with sliding doors opening to it from the home.  It is private, protected from the wind and offers magnificent view of the Flat Irons. I can see this being used as a second kitchen or even for home-office workers to enjoy being outdoors while working.”

Kristal Kraft

The Berkshire Group

Install outdoor toys as art

“I recently showed a townhome with a wind surf board hanging on the wall of the stairwell. That was a first. I’ve also seen homes with snow and cross country ski’s hanging on interior walls. And more and more water features, from fountains to waterfalls.”

Pam Dudash

Colorado Real Estate Brokerage, LLC

Start a “living wall” for a burst of color

“A living wall is a gorgeous blast of color and life and adds so much personality and character to a home. This is especially true in the kitchen. You can pick herbs off the wall and cook ’em right up!”

Tari Wilde



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