Have you ever thought about bringing more of the outdoors into your home? Now that summer is approaching, being outside is more on our minds, but there are ways we can ensure we have a connection with the outside and nature all year-round. And by bringing the outdoors in, it can also help with mood-boosting, reducing stress and blood pressure, as well as other health benefits too.
How do you bring outdoors indoors?
There are several methods we like to use to take advantage of and incorporate nature into our homes, let’s take a look at our top ways to make your home feel that little bit more connected to nature.
Maximise natural light and views
If you are blessed with panoramic vistas or views of your garden from your home, make full use with large windows and glass doors. Also ensure that your window treatments allow as much light in as possible as well as maximising your view.
Skylights will also help with an abundance of daylight while providing a connection to the outdoor environment.
Invest in greenery and indoor plants
Incorporating plants is an excellent way to infuse greenery and freshness into interior spaces. There are a variety of houseplants that thrive indoors, some even prefer low light levels so are ideally suited for that hard-to-reach corner at the back of the room. As an added benefit plants also contribute to improved air quality. You could even go for succulents if you are forgetful at watering!
Incorporate natural materials in your flooring
This can help emphasise our innate connection with nature. So by using materials like natural wood, bamboo, or stone, you will create a soothing and organic atmosphere.
Going one step further with natural textiles such as linen and cotton for upholstery and bedding will add additional tactile elements and connection to nature.
Use nature-inspired colours
When decorating consider using colours naturally found in nature, such as shades of green, earthy browns, or calming blues to help evoke a sense of the outdoors. These colours can be applied to walls, furniture, accessories, or even artwork to create a harmonious environment.
Install green walls and vertical gardens
Take over a wall and install a vertical garden to bring a lush, living element to your interior space. A vertical indoor garden can transform a wall into a vibrant focal point, infusing the room with a sense of nature and providing a breath of fresh air.
Create a seamless transition to your garden
Consider using the same materials, patterns, or cushions for your patio and living room. By helping to create a seamless transition from inside to your outdoor space, you may even start to forget there is a boundary at all!
Consider outdoor inspired decor
Extend the outdoor theme to your choice of decorative items. Consider using nature-inspired artwork, landscape photography, or botanical prints to enhance the connection with nature. Decorative elements like pebbles, shells, or driftwood can also be incorporated to add a touch of the outdoors.
Strategically place mirrors
With a little careful consideration on the placement of mirrors, you can create the illusion of the outdoors by reflecting it into your living space. They can also bounce natural light to brighten up the room. Finally, they are great at creating the illusion of space, seemingly enlarging your room for minimal investment.
Establish a water feature
Probably not something you would immediately think of, but indoor fountains, water features, or small ponds can emulate the soothing sounds and visual appeal of natural water sources. All help to add to a sense of tranquillity and help establish a serene ambience.
Bringing the outdoors inside
By incorporating some of these ideas you’ll be doing more than just bringing the outdoors in, you’ll be creating a welcoming indoor environment that blurs the boundaries between the inside and outside, helping to foster a connection with nature.
If you would like to understand more about how to achieve this, and incorporate nature more into the design, get in touch and we will be happy to discuss ideas and options with you. Just fill in the form below, or give us a call.