How To Bring Nature Into Your Home – 7 Easy Ways

Ian Mutuli
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Humans are naturally attracted to the outdoors, as it makes them feel refreshed by bringing a sense of peace. Spending time in nature has many benefits, including cognitive flexibility and better overall health. Some people are lucky enough to live in areas surrounded by greenery, but that’s not the case for everyone. Luckily, it is possible to bring the outdoors in, regardless of how your space looks like. By incorporating natural elements into your home, you’ll create a calming retreat that promotes well-being.

You may think that you have to create something sophisticated in order to include nature in your home décor, but there are more subtle ways to achieve this goal. What matters most is combining styles and trends that will create harmony in your home design. If you do it right, nature can add vibrancy to your living space – something you can’t achieve through synthetics. Without further ado, here’s how to bring a piece of nature into your indoor space.

Let natural light in

Letting more natural light into your space is an excellent way to connect with the outdoors. In fact, many homeowners prioritise this when purchasing a home, and that’s understandable, as exposure to natural light can turn your mood around in just a matter of minutes.

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Thus, instead of choosing fussy window furniture, you should opt for lightweight and curtain fabrics to allow light to enter your space. Make sure to maintain your windows clean, and pull the curtains open as soon as you wake up. Alternatively, you can hang a mirror next to or across from your window to give the impression of a larger space - this will help reflect the natural light around the room.

Nurture indoor plants

Indoor plants are an inexpensive and easy way to breathe life into your indoor space. You can create your indoor garden by incorporating different plants into your home’s décor. You can add them to countertops, hang them from the ceiling, keep them in stylish planters, and more! 

Common household plants include Monstera Deliciosa, Fiddle Leaf Fig, and Devil’s Ivy, and you can find them easily at a plant store or your local nursery. If you want to opt for something smaller, choose a succulent.

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Besides brightening up a space, plants also act like an air purifier, as they absorb CO2 and produce oxygen. So, they are both a form of decoration and a significant mental health aid! In fact, flowers have endless benefits – they increase productivity and creativity, boost your focus, improve your sleep, and even improve relationships. So, what are you waiting for? Look for the best indoor plants, get some flower pots, and start creating your sanctuary!

Choose sustainable furniture

You can incorporate nature into your home by purchasing eco-friendly furniture, like wooden chairs. This type of furniture provides a welcoming and warm feeling and is also long-lasting, making it an excellent choice for your interior design. The best news? You can find natural wood versions for all kinds of furniture! You can also consider looking for rugs made from bamboo, jute or rattan, as these are natural fibres. As a bonus tip, you can purchase the furniture from craft markets or local designers to support the local economy.

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Using recycled and upcycled materials is another way to incorporate sustainable furniture into your home. Plus, it helps you reduce waste and gives your space an eclectic vintage look.

Blend soothing tones

If you look at the most popular trends for this year, you’ll notice that they consist of colours you can find in the natural world. Using these shades in the design of your home is an excellent way to welcome nature indoors. For instance, cinnamon and taupe create a sense of subtle warmth, while chalky greens offer a calming feel.

Similarly, bursts of golden ochre and uplifting pastel blues will help you achieve a sense of well-being. Combine shades of earthy browns and stone with accent tones like sunburnt yellow to create the perfect balance.

Add textured surfaces

Soothing outdoor textures can help you create a sense of sanctuary in your home. For instance, polished stone flooring is an incredible contrast to the curves of your sofa. If you prefer a softer look, you can add a rug. Similarly, you can include sculptural ceramic vases in your home décor, as they imitate natural organic shapes and are also eye-catching.

Plaster-effect walls are also trendy nowadays among homeowners who want to invite nature into their living space. They immediately create a warm feel in homes with a modern design. To create these walls, you’ll need chalk paint (in two shades of your preferred colour) and a rag or sponge to achieve the swirling plaster pattern.

Hang scenic art prints on the wall

If you live in an urban area, your windows probably don’t display the best landscapes. But you can fix that by using art prints and creating your own enchanting sights. Such scenic pictures will create a soothing environment in your home, reminding you of nature’s beauty.

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There are no limits to what you can do when it comes to art. You can explore your creativity by picking up seashells and trying some DIY! Or, you can put together a terrarium, as this will make your house look elegant.

Incorporate nature-themed accessories

You can bring nature indoors by adding natural accessories that are complementary to other elements in your home décor. For instance, you can purchase bedding and cushions decorated with animals or plants.

Moreover, you can use natural items for outstanding decorations that will instantly transform the look of your home. For instance, you can use shells and stones in many different ways to adorn any room.

Last words

Humans have a physiological need to connect with the natural world. Unfortunately, many people now live in overpopulated areas, and their exposure to nature diminishes. This is why biophilia – a love of living things – has become a trend among homeowners – they seek to reap the soothing benefits that only nature can bring.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.