Bring The Outdoors Indoors With These Natural Décor Ideas
Modern homes can sometimes feel very detached from the outside world due to their heavy reliance on gadgets and synthetic materials. If your home feels overly artificial, here are a few features that could help to make it feel more natural, helping you to feel connected to the world outdoors whilst indoors.
Grow some houseplants
The easiest way to connect with nature in your home is to grow houseplants. Scientists have found many psychological benefits to growing plants indoors – they can help prevent disease and even improve our mood. Houseplants are also great at purifying the air of dust and odors.
Different rooms can benefit from different types of plants. The kitchen could be a great place for doing some indoor organic farming, whether it be chili plants or a lemon tree. The bathroom meanwhile is a great place for growing tropical plants like aloe vera and snake plants due to the humidity (these plants also act as natural dehumidifiers). You can even grow plants in your bedroom to help you sleep – plants like lavender and jasmine give off scents that are especially good for tackling insomnia.
Add more timber and stone
Many homes nowadays contain synthetic materials, whether it be nylon furniture or UPVC window frames. Some of these synthetic materials can have better qualities than natural counterparts and can be beneficial for this reason, however too many synthetic materials could make your home feel overly artificial. Adding more timber and stone could help to bring a more natural feel to your property.
Stripping away some of the carpets and opting for wooden floor or ceramic tiles could be one way of adding a more natural touch. Wood and ceramic can even have their practical advantages over carpet – whilst not as comfortable underfoot, they are easier to much clean.
Embracing more rustic furniture could also make an impact. Whilst many homes contain wooden furniture, it’s often glossy painted composite wood that looks and feels very manufactured. Companies like American Country offer more rustic timber furniture choices such as pine and wicker that could help to add a more natural appearance. Even as a single piece in each room, this could help to offset the synthetic feel of your home.
Stone features such as marble countertops and granite vanity sinks could also help to add a natural feel whilst offering a sense of luxury, although these features are generally very expensive.
Let in more natural light
Too much reliance on artificial lighting could also make your home feel overly synthetic. Natural light may not always be as strong but it has other benefits such as providing heat and supplying us with vitamin D, which makes our skin and mind healthier.
Letting in more natural light could be a simple case of pulling back the curtains and removing any obstacles in front of the windows. You may even be able to add mirrors opposite windows to help reflect in more natural light.
You could even expand your windows or build new ones to let in more sunlight. Skylights are a popular way of doing this, allowing sunlight to flood into a room from above. Whilst these features are expensive to install, you won’t have the need for artificial overhead lighting in that room and could save some money in the long run.
Incorporate nature themed art and wallpaper
You can also add reminders of nature and the outside world in the form of art. Whilst a painting of a scenic country view can’t compare to the real thing, it could still help to bring a sense of natural energy to your home. Similarly, you can use landscape themed wallpaper to help connect with nature. A feature wall with a nature themed mural or wallpaper could even create the illusion of being outside. These are great features to add to inside walls where you may not have windows to give you this escape to outdoors.
Counterbalance modern tech
Modern technology can distract from a home’s natural feel. Finding ways to counterbalance these gadgets with more natural features could help to make these features feel less synthetic. Rather than letting the TV dominate the living room, consider hanging a large painting of a landscape scene opposite it or over it. This will add an extra focal point in the room that is natural. Alternatively, a large houseplant or a rustic wooden furniture piece may be able to do the job.
You can also disguise certain technology with wood panelling. Wood panelled speakers are a good example of this – these kinds of speakers have been around for decades but modern advancements are making them all the more invisible as is the case with companies like Novasonar. You can even disguise refrigerators by placing them within wooden cupboards or panelling them to appear like cupboards from the outside.
Use earthy color schemes
Certain colors may also feel more synthetic than others. Many rich and deep colours can feel overly synthetic if used too much. Contrastingly, too much white may also feel overly sterile and synthetic.
Opting for more subdued hues could help to make your home feel more natural. Browns, greens and greys often have an earthier feel as they’re colors commonly found in nature. If a room has too much white in, adding a touch of cream or grey could help to make it feel less clinical. This is common for modern bathrooms – some grey wall tiles or a wooden cabinet could help to add a more natural feel to this room.