Make Indoors Feel Like Outdoors: Decorating For A Natural Interior
I’m sure you’ll agree with me that there’s something magical about the great outdoors, especially when you’re in the middle of some especially scenic area far away from all the noises and complications of towns and cities. If I don’t get out into nature enough, it doesn’t take long for me to become stir-crazy and irritable. If you’re the same, then why not make the interior of your home feel a little more natural? Here are a few great ways to accomplish this.
I’ll start this off with the most obvious tip I can offer – getting more plants. Sure, re-painting the whole interior with calming, natural colors can give you a potent sense of tranquillity. For my money though, that doesn’t quite measure up to having actual greenery around. Bringing life into your home will give off a great feeling, no matter how much the other people in your house notice it! There are countless species of houseplant you can choose from, so it won’t take long to find some that fit with the color scheme and overall mien of your home. Of course, the drawback here is that you’ll have to keep track of all their watering schedules. If you don’t want to do this, then consider bringing a touch of nature into your home with a fish tank, or some high-quality artificial plants.
If you’re considering some slightly bigger modifications to your home, you may want to consider looking at some natural materials to make your indoors feel a little more like the outdoors. Stone or imitation stone counter tops not only look great, but will create a potent sense of nature that reflects into the rest of the kitchen. Hardwood floors are another good choice for people who want to feel more in touch with nature. Alternatively, you could just make a point to get more wooden furniture. Cheaper things like sisal carpet flooring, wicker baskets and natural-material sculptures can also be very effective. Think about the tone of your interior décor as it is now, and the kind of natural materials that will mesh well with it.
Finally, find ways to let more natural light in. If there’s one thing that tells us we’re connected with nature more than anything else, it’s seeing sunlight and feeling its warmth on our skin. Like many other animals, we’re naturally inclined to seek out natural light, so make sure you’re getting your fill! The most immediate and effective way to do this is having new windows installed, although this isn’t always affordable or practical. Instead, have a look around at the windows you have, and consider moving things around so that there’s absolutely nothing stopping the natural light from getting in. After that, you can amplify the sunlight getting into your home by painting your walls white, using lighter fabrics, or putting up some more mirrors around the house.
There you have just a handful of ways to make your interior look and feel more natural. Once you get started, I’m sure you’ll be inspired into many more ideas!