How can you bring the outdoors indoors? How can you make nature a bigger part of your indoor decor? It’s not as difficult as you think.
If you’re a big fan of nature, then you already know there’s something soothing about being outside. But being outdoors all the time just isn’t practical, such as when the weather is bad or you have a list of chores to do inside the house.
That’s when being able to bring the outdoors indoors is wonderful. If you want to feel at one with nature without leaving your house, here’s how to get started.
Tip 1 to Bring the Outdoors Indoors: Put Some Plants Inside the House
Some people buy artificial plants for around the house but keep the real plants outside. But clearly, that’s old-school decorating. Houseplants are a booming trend.
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So, it’s time to bring some real plants inside. After all, plants are not only beautiful to look at, they can also purify the air, increase oxygen within the house, improve your health, and reduce stress.
If you’re new to houseplants, you can buy a few potted plants to place around your home, or even make a mini indoor garden with lots of pretty plants. But if you want some creative ways to bring the outdoors in with real plants, consider creating a living wall where you let foliage take over a wall in your house.
You can also make your own small herb garden that not only looks pretty but also smells great. Plus, an indoor herb garden is quite useful at dinnertime! No matter what you decide, just make sure you know how to take care of those plants before you let them grow throughout your house.
Tip 2: Let the Light in
One of the simplest ways to bring the outdoors indoors is to ensure your house gets plenty of natural light. Let the sunlight shine in your living room. You’ll get the same feeling as sitting in a garden or a peaceful park, soaking up the sun.
If you want to do some remodeling, think about adding lots of large windows to your home. You can even add a few skylights in the ceiling. If you don’t have the time or money to remodel right now, just open all the blinds or curtains. Try to maximize the natural light as much as you can.
Tips 3 to Bring Outdoors Indoors: Add Materials from Nature to Your Décor
Another easy way to let nature inside is to sprinkle little reminders of it throughout your house. This is one of the most affordable ways to enjoy nature indoors. Natural materials are usually free as long as you find them yourself!
Start by filling a wooden bowl or wicker basket with pinecones, seashells, smooth rocks, or dried leaves and flowers. It’s easiest to use materials you can find in your region. But if you want to branch out, ask a friend in a different area to send you some materials that are native to their area. (Think pinecones or shells.) You can also buy them from craft stores.
Tip 4: Buy Furniture Made of Natural Materials
Furniture offers another great way to bring outdoors indoors. If you’re looking for new furniture, choose items that are made of materials that are eco-friendly or often used outside. For instance, if you need a new dining table, a classic wooden table and chairs would be a good start. If you want a coffee table or end table, consider one made of slate. Or perhaps a large tree stump that serves as a small table in a home with a natural feel.
As you look for seating that suits your natural-looking house, try to buy rattan or teak furniture. These materials are often seen in couches and chairs that are meant to go in a garden or on a patio. Fortunately, you can find a sofa to fit any style these days, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting one that looks right at home in nature.
Tip 5: Bring the Outdoors Indoors with Natural Flooring
Finally, your flooring can help create a natural, outdoorsy look in your home. Start by putting some natural-fiber rugs on the floors throughout your house. These are made of fibers extracted from plants. Some of the most popular natural-fiber rugs include jute, sisal, and seagrass. These rugs are not only durable and affordable, but they also bring a natural look and feel to any room.
If you’re thinking about replacing your current floors with different materials, consider going with hardwood. Wood is natural, biodegradable and comes in several earthy tones.
Bamboo is another type of natural flooring. It’s renewable and can make you feel closer to nature inside the house. Cork flooring looks natural, too, since it is made from the bark of cork oak trees. Finally, natural stone is another good way to bring the outdoors indoors.
Now that you know how to bring the outdoors indoors, you might notice yourself paying more attention to the environment when it comes to decorating your house. After all, it’s hard not to think about being eco-friendly with nature staring you in the face! Fortunately, you can get some tips on getting started by reading our post on How to Go Green with These Eco-Friendly Home Renovations.