Are you a nature lover? Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? Does the sight of greenery give you a sense of peace and tranquillity? It’s been proven that spending time in nature benefits our health. There is even an activity known as ‘forest bathing’ which, simply put, involves spending time in a forest, with the aim of minimising stress and encouraging a sense of peace and wellbeing. It’s unsurprising then, that many people look to inject their inside spaces with a sense of nature, incorporating designs inspired by nature into their interiors. Below, we take a look at a few different ways to embrace nature in your home design.
Natural wood is a popular material used in both modern and traditional home design. The most obvious use for wood in interior design is natural wood flooring. However, if you desire a natural wood vibe for your home, there are endless ways to incorporate it. Wood is an incredibly versatile material, available in a wide range of shades, textures and finishes. You can mix and match different types of wood, or stick to one type. Perfect for modern and traditional homes alike.
Some people have really embraced the natural wood style, using wood panelling to adorn their walls and ceilings. This gives the impression of a rustic log cabin with a distinctly cosy vibe.
Alternatively, you can opt for a more subtle inclusion, choosing some wooden accessories such as lamps, bowls or vases.
Wooden shutters and blinds are a simple but effective way to include wood in your decor. Great for keeping your house cool in summer and insulating your windows in the colder months.
For when the weather prevents us from being outdoors, we can bring nature into our homes by filling them with greenery. From large, exotic houseplants to cute, low maintenance succulents, you can use plants to help enhance the natural feel of your space. Get creative with different types of plants and plant holders. Whether you’re a plant whiz or not, you can find some beautiful greenery to benefit your space.
If you’re especially green-fingered, you could go to the next level and install a living wall in your home. Living walls are great for purifying the air in your home and adding interesting textures to your living space. Or, if you’re lacking in outdoor space, you could consider creating an indoor garden to enjoy in all weathers.
Natural stone is both visually appealing and adds an interesting texture when used in interior design. Available in a wide variety of colours and surfaces including marble, sandstone and limestone, each offering a different look and texture. Stone walls and floors look stylish and can complement either a modern or rustic style property. You can also use stone accent pieces such as stoneware bowls.
Colours and textures
Some of the most breathtaking colours are those we see in nature around us. You can really get creative with earthy tones in your home decor. From browns and reds to deep greens and bright blues. Go all out with a colour scheme – paint a feature wall or just invest in a few statement pieces like cushions, picture frames or even window blinds.
You can also experiment with natural textures and materials. Seagrass and sisal are great for adding inviting natural texture to your home’s design. Think rugs, cushions, tapestries and woven baskets.
If you’re longing to reconnect with nature and want a home that reflects your love of the great outdoors, we hope this blog will help inspire you to create a nature lover’s paradise in your own space.
Martyn works for Select Blinds as a marketing specialist. He takes great pride in creating quality content for people looking for blinds.