Written by James, Plant Lover
Bringing the outdoors into your home can benefit you in more ways than simply brightening up your interior. Celebrate Mother Nature by creating a botanical space at home and reap the benefits of indoor plants to your day-to-day mental health and well-being.
Nature-inspired homes are a huge trend right now, but bringing the outdoors inside could do more than simply brighten up your interiors. It’s a proven fact that spending time in nature can boost wellbeing, with benefits such as easing anxiety, reducing stress, and lifting your mood, to name just a few. By infusing a little of the great outdoors into your space, you could bring some of these perks inside for a healthier, happier you. So, why not get a little nature-inspired and elevate your interiors with these outdoorsy elements?
Of course, we have to start with indoor plants. In particular, ferns make a wonderful addition to any space, and you don’t have to be green-fingered to keep them flourishing. A super easy to care for plant, your fern should thrive with very little maintenance. They can also remain relatively small if you don’t increase their pot size, allowing them to fit in smaller spaces with ease.
Brighten up a bathroom, bring a little greenery onto your bedside table, or add a few to your bookshelf for an urban jungle vibe. Ferns are a fantastic way to kindle your love of indoor plants and bring a little of the outside inside.
Compliment your indoor plants with natural fabrics. Mother Nature has provided humans with an abundance of beautiful materials that can be used in the home, so take advantage of them. Wicker is a fantastic choice for living room furnishings, and stone countertops add a cooler feel to your kitchen. Textiles, such as linen, cotton, and hemp, can quickly soften a space and add a cosy, natural feel to your home.
Metal isn’t necessarily a material that emphasises nature in a home, but it can blend in beautifully. For a more outdoorsy feel, try switching out stainless steel and chrome for a worn copper or vintage brass. These warmer, softer colours compliment the natural look far better. Don’t be put off by a bit of rust or tarnishing, either; after all, nature is all about the beauty in the imperfect.
Wherever you can, let your space bathe in natural light. Skylights, bi-folding glass doors, and frosted windows are all fabulous ways to brighten up your space and connect you with the outdoors. Natural light is also proven to boost your health in a number of ways, including by:
Reducing seasonal depression
Boosting your immune system
Reducing blood pressure
If you’re creating a home that’s full of natural light, be sure to find sun-loving indoor plants that will thrive right alongside you, like the tropical Bird of Paradise.
Living walls are the next level for indoor plant lovers. Rather than constricting your greenery to a few potted indoor plants here and there, you can create an entire wall of lush jungle. There are a number of ways to do this, but the easiest is by fitting a floor-to-ceiling shelving unit against your wall and filling it with plants. Add plenty of trailing plants to cover the unit, along with potted indoor plants of various textures for a varied display. If you’re looking for mood-boosting, air-purifying decor, this is it.
Nature isn’t perfect, and your decor shouldn’t be either. Rather than choosing mass-produced, cookie-cutter furnishings, opt for handmade decor that embraces flaws. Glass vases with natural bumps and curves, wooden tables with wonky screws, and worn leather sofas with a rustic feel will all add to the natural vibe of your home. These pieces are also far more unique, just like every flower, pebble, and blade of grass in the natural world.
If you have an outdoor space, why not open up your home to it? Brick walls aren’t the only option for your exterior, and creating a wall of glass is not only a contemporary look but also blends your home seamlessly with nature. Watch the rain fall quietly or embrace waves of natural light from the comfort of your sofa.
In homes where glass walls aren’t possible, consider a garden room instead. This smaller outdoor building can be used as an office or chill-out area and usually has one wall with large glass doors that open out to nature. It’s the perfect space to compliment your home and blends the indoors and outdoors seamlessly.
Take the indoor plant a step further and really embrace nature with an indoor tree. Larger than a regular potted plant, an indoor tree makes a statement and creates a focal point for your space that’s all about nature. They look perfect as a standalone feature in a smaller room or can become part of an indoor woodland when paired with other foliage. The Weeping Fig “Twilight” is a perfect reflection of British forests so that you can celebrate the native landscape from your living room.
Your home doesn’t have to feel like an urban separation from the great outdoors. With these tips, you can celebrate Mother Nature and create a space that’s designed to boost your well-being. For more inspiration, be sure to check out our full range of indoor plants and fill your home with living greenery.
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