Bringing More Natural Elements Into Your Home

Bringing More Natural Elements Into Your Home

The following contribution is from another author.

Nature is a beautiful thing. It can inspire your creativity and help you to sleep. Getting more fresh air can encourage you to exercise and improve your mental health. Being outdoors, around wildlife and different elements of nature can soothe your stress and improve your mood. On a more basic level, it’s just nice to look at. Being surrounded by colors, scents and atmosphere can be one of life’s simplest pleasures, and it’s certainly worth going out of your way to get outdoors as much as you can.

But, being outside exploring isn’t the only way to enjoy nature. Bringing natural elements into your home can help you to create a calming and relaxing space. Somewhere that you are happy to welcome guests. Nature can help you to create a soothing atmosphere which helps you to unwind and get a good night’s sleep. It can ease your stress and make your home feel more open. Even bigger. If you live in a big city and don’t see too much greenery and nature, then welcoming it into your home can be the only way to make the most of its creativity boosting benefits. So, let’s take a look at some of the best ways that you can start to bring more natural elements into your house.

Sides and Surfaces

Flat surfaces and sides are perhaps the easiest way to add natural elements. Wooden tables are versatile and easy to add. They’re also hardwearing, long lasting and easy to accessorize. Wood can also be great for shelving, storage, frames, TV units and chairs.

In your kitchen, you might prefer stone surfaces that are incredibly durable and hardy, as well as easy to clean and hard to damage. Wooden cupboard doors can add a touch of style, and are easy to accessories with vintage knobs and handles. It’s also easy to replace just doors if you want a cheap spruce up.

In your bathroom, a mixture of heavy stone surfaces, marble and wooden shelving can look expensive and glamorous.

Plants and Flowers

Plants and flowers are an easy way to add some color, as well as natural elements. They also have the advantage of being cheap to add and easy to change if you fancy a different color scheme.

Adding plenty of greenery to your home can improve the air quality, make the space look bigger and improve your mood. Flowers add color, can complement your decor and can make the space brighter, fresher and lighter. Plants and flowers can easily change the atmosphere in your rooms. Flowers with gentle aromas and pale shades in the bedroom can help you to sleep, while brighter, prettier options in the kitchen can help you to feel more refreshed first thing in the morning when you make your coffee.

Maximize Natural Light

Letting more natural light into your home is the very best thing that you can do with nature. It’ll make your rooms feel larger and more open. It can improve your health by helping you to get more vitamin D. More light can mean you need to heat your home less and save money on utilities. It will also improve your mood, highlight your decor and make your home feel much cleaner and brighter. Natural light is the perfect compliment to any other natural elements in your home.

If you are in a position to install bigger windows or French doors, it can be an excellent option that will also increase the value of your home. If not, make the most of the light sources that you have got by choosing light curtains instead of dark, heavy materials and making sure that you can open them all of the way. It’s also a good idea to get outdoors and cut back anything growing around your windows, like large shrubs that might be blocking light. Then, add mirrors to opposite walls to reflect light and increase its effect and paint the walls around your windows in light shades.

Add Water

Water is exceptionally relaxing. It’s why water features in gardens are so popular. Large features might not work as well inside your home. But, a small indoor water feature, including stone, can help you to create a peaceful and relaxing space.

Buy From Crafters

Many craftsmen use wood to create unique one of a kind pieces in intricate patterns and designs. Adding a one of a kind wooden chair or table can make a statement, while also supporting small business and local tradesmen.

Choose Elements that Speak to You

The elements that you add should speak to you. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks or likes. You might want invigorating materials like smooth marble in your bathroom, but softer textures like oak in your bedroom. Think about what suits you and your home.

Expose Brickwork

Exposed brickwork can be a fantastic feature. Either painted or left as it is it can add texture, style and a touch of artistic flair to your home. Keep any additions to exposed walls minimal, perhaps sticking to one framed picture or painting, so that the brickwork can shine.

Learn to Look After it

Natural elements, surfaces and features are great. But if you want them to stay that way, you need to look after them. Look for a non-abrasive granite cleaning product and make sure you know how any other additions to your home need to be cared for.

Bringing nature into your home can be a great way to kick start a sustainable living push. You’re starting to get back to nature, instead of embracing every modern idea, which in itself is a very modern and trendy attitude. So, why not go a little further? Start reducing waste, make a more significant effort to recycle, and try your best to reduce your power usage. You might even want to move to a green energy company and install water saving devices and a smart meter to monitor energy usage. Welcoming nature into your home is a fantastic start to a greener lifestyle, but there’s a lot more that you can do.

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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