We all need that connection with Mother Nature now and again. Even if you live in a city and don’t have a garden, you can still bring a few natural reminders into your home, so that you don’t feel you’re constantly surrounded by artificial things. Here are a few ideas that could be worth integrating into your home if you want to make it feel more natural.
Opt for wild wallpaper
There are plenty of wallpaper designs out there that can be great for bringing an outdoorsy feel into your home. Consider forest designs and floral patterns and mountain patterns. You may not want to decorate every wall with these wallpapers – a single feature wall could be enough acting like a window out onto a beautiful landscape view. The likes of Photowall’s landscape murals can even offer a photorealistic backdrop for truly transporting you away.
Choose earthy materials
Take a break from metals, plastics and fabrics and instead opt for more natural materials such as woods and stones. If you’ve got linoleum on your kitchen floor, consider wood or ceramic as an earthy alternative. When it comes to countertops, choose wood and stone over plastic. Try not to use too many glossy paints – keep wooden furniture unpainted for a rustic feel or use a washed paint effect.
Own some pets
Having other animals in your home is another great way to further connect with nature. Even if you don’t fancy the commitment of a cat or a dog, something as simple as some fish could help to provide that extra touch of nature. This could be something as small as a fishbowl or as big as an Aquatics World 40 litre fish tank. Fish tanks can make a great feature in any room – they’re best placed near windows so that the sunlight gets to the fish.
Spruce up with plants
Another way of literally adding life to your home is through houseplants. On top of being the perfect reminder of nature, plants have many health benefits to humans when placed indoors. They provide a fresh source of oxygen into the air that can improve concentration and contrastingly also help with sleep at night. They’re natural purifiers of bad smells and may even have dehumidifying properties. Most houseplants needs to be near windows where they can get sufficient light. Some rooms may be better for certain types of plants – the humid and low-lit environment of the bathroom may be better suited to many tropical plants such as bamboo and aloe vera.
Fill the air with outdoor scents
You can also make your home feel more natural by bringing more natural scents into it. Opposed to chemical air fresheners and carpet deodorisers, try fruity oils or forest-scented candles. Several houseplants can give off natural scents that could make your home feel more outdoorsy. You can also make your own scents using boiled fruits and spices and leaving them in a bowl in a room.