People who love the outdoors always look for ways to bring some of that beauty inside their homes. Luckily, there are various ways to achieve that. Some involve disrupting nature and rooting around, like for instance adding real branches to the décor of the house. Other ways offer a natural result (i.e. nature-inspired art) without necessarily disturbing Mother Nature’s masterpieces or getting into a lot of trouble. If you are a fan of the second option, then this read is for you.
The Beauty of Potted Plants
Home decorating and potted plants go hand-in-hand, especially when the goal is to bring the outdoors indoors. Plus, they are cheap and have the power to add a natural accent to any room.
There are no norms here; you simply go with what makes you feel more comfortable in your home – what pleases your eyes and senses. So, you may consider anything from a couple of large trees, which require little of your free time to take care of them (since you will be caring for one or two plants), to lots of smaller plants carefully placed around the home.
Succulents are superb options as they don’t cause any mess. Plus, they need less soil than other options. If you are afraid of killing the plants, spider plants, African violets, and peperomia are some of the ones you can bring into your home without worries.
Now, if you really have limited free time and just need something green that you won’t need to sweat over, faux plants could come in handy. However, note that you will need to invest in high-quality ones so that they don’t look cheap.
Let Wall Art Work Some Magic
A tapestry with a nature theme will instantly bring the outdoors inside. Depending on the intensity of the effect you want to achieve, you may choose between large-scale HD photography depicting scenes like fields, hiking trails, and waterfalls to realistic small photo collections showing seasonal changes, animals, plant life, items from nature (i.e. starfish or flowers), and other nature art. Of course, you may also print your favourite image on a tapestry or even add shadow boxes with preserved leaves and other pre-curated nature-related items if you fancy something less “noisy”. And, if you follow Feng-Shui principles to better your life and improve the energy flowing around you, the northern walls are excellent places to hang water elements, like pictures of waterfalls or oceans!
Play with Natural Elements
What better way to breathe some fresh air inside the home than with the addition of natural building materials to your interior décor! Stonework walls, for example, with naturally-cut stone not only infuse grandeur but also create a nature-like sensation. Use it in accent walls or, why not, mosaic backsplashes. Knotted wood delivers the same effect too, as do natural woodgrain textures, which look fantastic when used as flooring options or even pieces of furniture. Needless to say, marble is still king and could be a good idea to use it on the floor or your countertops to add a nice texture. Choose the most prominent areas of your home and feature any of these natural building materials without a second thought.
Use Light to Your Best Advantage
Natural light comes with many remarkable properties that can help boost our mood and improve the energy of a space. Ditch heavy drapery and replace with sheers or other light fabrics. You could also use shutters painted in natural-wood shades or totally white. You will instantly feel as if you are outside in the garden, on a sunny day! As for glass-fronted homes, installing vertical blinds is a wonderful way to let light in and keep your privacy at the desired levels.
If you have the budget for some more invasive work, then do think of losing a wall and opening an entire side of your quarters with glass doors (floor-to-ceiling). Also, double or triple-glazed, energy-efficient bi-fold doors can also provide you with the functionality you seek and deliver the expected outcome. These come in various sizes so you don’t need to lose an entire wall if that is not what you want (or can afford). Time to sit in your living room sofa and let your eye and mind wander around the beautiful natural surroundings of your home without moving a bit!
Give your rooms a natural vibe by working with a natural-themed colour scheme. Let your natural art play with bright greens, sunflower yellows or warm earthy tones (like brown tones) to create an outdoorsy appeal. If this is not your thing, why not try oceanic shades like aqua or teal or a combination of white and bright blues. The best way to decide which colours to introduce to your spaces to bring the outdoors indoors is to take a hike in the woods and look around you. Notice the shades that give you a rejuvenating, cosy or cheerful sensation and use them in furniture or art if you don’t want to repaint your walls.
It doesn’t take much effort or lots of money to embrace natural details in your home and capture the outdoor essence quite effortlessly. Just be creative and borrow the colours and elements from nature that make you feel relaxed, happy, and carefree!