Sat. Feb 23rd, 2019

Embracing nature: 5 ways to bring the outside in

There are many benefits that come from spending time outdoors. Forest bathing is a popular past time that’s come over from Japan. It’s not only good for your physical health but it can have a positive effect on your mental health too. Embrace the balancing results of nature and bring the outside in with these natural interior design tips and tricks.

1. Use natural light

Whether you have a large or small space, you’ll want to transcend as much natural light around the room. Dark and dingy rooms can affect your mood negatively, so making the most out of natural light will help bring a little sunshine to your life. A way to increase light is to choose alternatives to bulky furniture. Opt for low-rise cupboards over large cabinets and use clever storage systems such as the inbuilt drawers on the beds from the Divan Beds Centre to help store away any clutter. Another way to help natural light move around a room is to use strategically placed mirrors. These can make your home feel bigger and brighter.

2. Wooden furniture

One of the best ways you can embrace nature is to choose natural materials for your furniture. Use stone tiles for the floor and wooden elements for the majority of your fittings. From pine and sandalwood to oak and birch tree; you’ll be able to find a shade of wood that complements your home without overpowering each room. Try to choose natural variations of the furniture, rather than flat pack options, to get a complete feeling of the outdoors.

3. Choose fabrics carefully

When it comes to choosing fabrics you have several options to pick from. You could use natural materials such as linen, cotton or hessian in their organic colors or lightly dyed. This will complement and blend with the stone and wood furniture to create a more natural, wholesome surrounding. An alternative to this is to use bold, block colors to contrast against green plants and wooden furniture. Using bright oranges, blues, pinks, and greys will cause the green foliage to stand out and become more noticeable. This can give a retro look which can leave a lasting impression.

4. Botanical artwork

Use elements of nature for a centerpiece of a room. Whether you want to create a central focus to draw onlooking eyes in, or if you want to make a statement; you can use natural elements to do this successfully. Striking, floral and botanical wallpaper prints can accentuate a room. A dramatic wall garden will turn heads and a wood burning fireplace can be inviting. Varnished branches and naturally shed feathers can create a wonderful art display. Adding in botanically-inspired creations will not only bring the outside in but also help shape a stylish interior.

 5. Potted plants

An easy and perhaps the most obvious way to bring the outdoors in is to include plants, trees, and flowers inside. Decorate your home with Dragon or Yucca plants in bamboo or clay pots. Dress your kitchen with a Money Tree, a Peace Lily, and Aloe Vera. Drape ivy, ferns and Spider Plants over cabinets and baskets hung from the ceiling. There are so many beautiful plants to choose from that are low maintenance and can survive in dim lighting conditions.

With these design tips and tricks on how to use light and plant life, you can enjoy the outdoors as you relax inside.

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