With everyone being busy 24/7, it’s hard to relax and take some time off – and even when you have a chance to do so, you just hit the couch, binge-watch your favorite Netflix show and stay indoors. In order to change this paradigm, we should all get out a bit more and welcome nature into our lives. And the first step in that process is embracing Mother Nature and bringing it into our homes. By doing so, you’ll feel better and also manage to find decorative elements and pieces of furniture that are both appealing and useful. If you do not have time to go out, you should definitely embrace some natural elements into your home. Turn them into great features to your home and everyone will love your home. There are lots of ways to incorporate nature into your home, so here are some of the ideas you might want to explore.
Wooden building materials
Another great way to introduce nature into your home is using wood as a structural material. You don’t have to build a wooden cabin, of course, but a few wooden beams here and there will not only serve as a sturdy, supportive and trustworthy structural element, but also add a dose of elegance to your home. You can, for instance, remodel your kitchen by adding exposed wooden roof beams and achieve a rustic look on your ceiling. You won’t need anything other than some recycled lumber, a few beam straps, a drill and a nail gun, as well as a bunch of nails and screws to complete this project, but the final look will certainly be worth your time and effort. Even small details can go a long way.
In case you’re unable to equip your home with natural building materials, you can go for an easier, yet equally satisfying and effective solution – natural furniture. No matter what is the decorative style of your home, wooden furniture is always an amazing option that can be fitted into any room. Among the things you can look into are wooden tables and chairs in your dining room, cabinets in your kitchen, coffee tables and bookcases in your living room and bed frames in your bedroom. Finally, you can even equip the home entrance with trustworthy timber doors that will both look incredible and keep potential intruders out. Opting for natural furniture is, ultimately, a much more sustainable option that helps our planet in the long run as well. You can also visit local flea markets and search for used furniture and get a good deal. You will be surprised by the choice that is offered and the cheap prices also.
The thing people love about nature the most is the feeling of freedom it inspires, and what better way to bring that feeling inside your home than with an indoors waterfall? Slate water walls and fountains could easily become the focal point of your living room and something that will impress all your visitors in a manner of minutes. Even though it sounds rather expensive at first, building such a feature doesn’t have to be that hard nor pricey at all. If you’re handy enough and have proper safety clothing and tools, you can build it on your own using a plywood structure and a simple water basin. This element will certainly make you feel like you’re in the open, exploring your favorite forest or river, and it will definitely calm you down after a long day at the office. There is something in the sound of the water that is calming and peaceful, so this feature will be calming as well.
Plant a plant or two
All those nature lovers who live in small apartments or houses without gardens and back yards have a hard time finding enough space for their plants and flowers. This is especially tricky when they take things a bit too far – this is easier than you can imagine and, if you’re not careful enough, your living room and bedroom might turn into a small jungle in no time. That’s why you should make a careful selection and keep only the plants you absolutely adore. On the other hand, if you’re unsure whether you’ll be able to maintain them properly, pick low-maintenance indoor plants such as aloe, jade, rubber plant, philodendron and succulents that don’t require too much attention. Even if you are not plant lover, buy one and see how it goes. You will find it satisfying to see how something that you planted grows.
Some of the other ideas you should explore if you want to add a touch of nature to your home are stone floors, terrariums and throw pillows made from natural materials, as well as green walls – vertical indoor gardens that look astonishing, purify your indoor air, reduce the outside noise, ventilate your living space, raise the value of your property and literally bring the nature inside.