If you’re a bit of a nature lover, you’ve probably dreamt about running away to live in a cute wooden cabin overlooking Canadian mountain ranges or spending the rest of your days inhabiting a treehouse somewhere in the Amazon rainforest. As dreamy as both these ideas are, however, we all know that this kind of lifestyle simply isn’t feasible for most people. Standard bricks and mortar is usually the way to go, especially when your property is based in the inner-city. However, many people can start to feel stale and restricted in their homes if they are not close to nature – after all, it has been proven that spending time outdoors and in the company of plants is good for us! Thankfully, even if you live right in the city center, there are certain things you can do to bring the outdoors indoors when it comes to your home, and create a brighter place to live as a result.
Natural flooring and furniture
If you look around an average home, you will probably see a whole range of various synthetic materials adorning every single room. These could be sofa coverings, tiles on the floor and man-made surfaces and decor. One easy way to bring the outdoors-y look to your home is to replace some of these materials with their natural counterparts instead. For example, why not uproot your aging tiled floor and lay down some reclaimed wooden floorboards instead? The rough texture and slight imperfections will add that little bit of extra character to your room and can create a much softer, warmer appearance.
Embrace French doors
If you’re lucky enough to have a bit of outdoor space of your own at home, it would be a crime not to make that garden easily accessible from your property. French doors can be a wonderful way to open your home up to you garden, and in turn, make them one and the same. The installation of doors is quite a tricky process, especially if you are starting from scratch. So, with that in mind, you might be best off hiring a company such as Detail Developments to perform the remodel for you. During summer you can leave the doors open pretty much all the time, which also helps to give your house that airy, light feel.
Tend to your plants
Perhaps the most obvious way to embrace nature in your home is to raise plants and flowers within your four walls. Even if you’re not a naturally gifted gardener, there are still plenty of plants you can easily grow indoors, however much time you have to dedicate to an indoor garden. Consider changing your plants up room by room. Most potted flowers, shrubs, and herbs will do well in rooms that typically receive a lot of natural sunlight, and spider plants, bamboos, and orchids all thrive in the damp atmosphere of a bathroom. You may need to set reminders to water and feed your plants regularly, but keeping them healthy can be very rewarding.