Bring the Elements of Nature Into Your Home

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The importance of nature cannot be underestimated. Apart from the quite obvious point that humans couldn’t exist without it, nature and the outdoors have the ability to make us feel calm, refreshed, and relaxed. But with most of our lives spent indoors, and the ever shrinking size of blocks of land, our exposure to the natural elements is also diminishing. Smaller blocks mean smaller gardens, so we’re no longer seeing the large backyards to which we were once accustomed.

But just because our gardens and homes are shrinking in size, that doesn’t mean we can’t still have the same exposure and feelings of being in nature and the outdoors while we’re at home. With limitation comes creativity, and the outdoors is no exception. There are a number of ways that you can bring the outdoors into your home. Let’s look at just a few of those.

Plants and flowers

The most popular, and easiest, way to bring the outdoors into your home is to make use of fresh flowers and indoor plants. Having these living things in your home will immediately change the feel of your interiors and add some vibrance. Not to mention the smell of fresh flowers!

Natural textiles

Using natural textiles such as wood, stone, wicker, and other materials that have a more rugged or ‘outdoorsy’ feel can have a profound impact on the overall atmosphere of your space. You will feel at one with nature, and some pieces can actually act as focal points of your room.

Colour schemes

Colours that are inspired by the outdoors can easily be applied to your home in the form of new paint, rugs, and other accessories. Green has an obvious connotation of grass and trees or plants, while blue provides a feeling of being in water or sky-based inspiration. Neural tones like whites and sandy beiges are the perfect complement as they feel clean and natural.

Flooring

Using real wood rather than man-made flooring can make a huge difference in helping bring the outdoors in. Natural wood feels good on the feet and is open and natural on the eye. The warmth provided by hardwood floors is far superior to the cold, artificial elements.

Nature or outdoor-based accessories

Terracotta pots, pebbles, sea shells, and rocks can all provide subtle cues that will make you feel like you’re outdoors. These small details can provide warmth and an element of calmness to otherwise stale or clinical spaces.

Scent

Smell is one of the most powerful senses, so it’s a great idea to capitalise on this when trying to bring the outdoors into your home. Flowers, wooden scents, and incense sticks all help create a calming effect and add to the overall ambience of your home.

Light

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of making us feel like we’re outdoors is the presence of natural light. Do as much as you can to let natural light into your home. Open curtains, install skylights, and use mirrors to create more light in dark corners.

Fresh air

There’s nothing quite like fresh air to keep the mind clear and create a sense of the outdoors. Do what you can to keep the flow of fresh air throughout your home. Open windows and doors, even if it’s cool outside; a small opening can do wonders.

Food decor

A growing trend amongst interior designers is the use of fruits and vegetables to decorate the home. Lemons are a popular choice, as they bring a pop of colours and vibrance to any room while also carrying a fresh scent. Try using a bowl of lemons in the bathroom or a bowl of fresh fruits and veggies on the dining table for some colour and a reminder of the great outdoors.

Eco-friendly products

Using eco-friendly products throughout your home will give you a constant reminder of nature, and your mind and body will feel better for it. This is a small detail but can be effective in tying everything together for consistency.

Windows and doors

The larger your windows, the better. The same goes for doors, and this is a great way to let in natural light and fresh air, creating a feeling of openness. Having a sliding door that opens up to your garden area can really help create a natural transition, and literally merge the outdoors with your interior. If you can’t make your windows larger, you can use tricks such as longer curtain rods to create an illusion of a larger window.

Pets

There’s nothing like animals to make your home feel like it’s a natural environment. Fish tanks bring a tropical feed, while birds bring the sounds and colours of nature.

With so many different ways to bring the elements of nature into your home, there’s plenty of room to be creative. In creating a truly natural space you’ll find yourself feeling fresher, happier, more alert, and even more connected with nature. This increased interaction with the outdoors can enhance creativity as well as improve your energy levels and performance, so really, there’s no downside