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This is a guest post by Lana who’s article I have always loved. Lana wrote one post earlier for my blog which I love. You can check her post here on how to create your own luxury spa experience at home. I hope you enjoy this post because I did too!
Once upon of time, humans lived according to the principles of biophilia and existed in perfect harmony with nature that allowed both people and nature to thrive and flourish. However, today, we’ve gotten alienated from the natural world and boxed ourselves inside our homes, work cubicles and cars. Luckily, in recent years, people slowly started to return to nature’s nurturing embrace and let natural elements inside of their homes, offices and urban environments. So, if you too want to make nature your roommate, here are some easy, cheap and practical ways you can incorporate natural elements into your living space.
One of the easiest and often overlooked ways to add natural elements into your home is to let the sunshine illuminate your space. Natural light can bring any room to life and make it more pleasant and airy. So, no matter if you open your shades to let the sun inside or use solar tubes or skylights, natural light can significantly improve the look of your home as well as your health and mood.
The brick has always been one of the most common, natural building elements. It’s made of only mud (or clay) and water and is then baked until hard and sturdy—it’s that simple and organic! Additionally, the aesthetic appeal of brick is very high thanks to its texture, uniformity of pattern and warm, natural color. So, feel free to leave your bricks exposed! They can serve as a beautiful decor element, a focal point of the room or a subtle yet attractive backdrop.
One of the most common natural materials in modern homes is wood. It comes in a variety of colors, finishes, and textures and has a wide variety of different applications in interior design. Wood looks amazing whether on the ceiling in the form of beams or on the floor in the form of floor coverings. However, the rate in which we destroy our forests isn’t exactly sustainable, but if you find reclaimed and repurposed wood, you can use it in your home guilt-free.
Soft organic fabrics
Another way to bring nature into your home is to replace your old throws, textiles, and rugs with organic options. Opt for beautiful natural rugs in neutral, earthy colors that will add warmth and organic vibes to your home. They look amazing in any interior design style, even in super minimalist homes. You can also choose linen textiles for your bed for a natural touch. All of these things are quite useful and cost-effective and they will not disturb your minimalist aesthetics.
No matter if you have a green or a black thumb, you can introduce plants into your home. Potted plants like succulents, cacti, peace lilies and snake plants are super easy to maintain. They also have an amazing decorative effect on your home and positive physical and mental effect on all people who live in your home. Perhaps the greatest benefit of indoor plants is their ability to filter air and remove indoor air pollution. So you make your home a much healthier living environment while decorating it.
Even fans of extremely minimal interior design know the difference a few decorative elements can make. But, this time, forget about store-bought accessories and opt for a few nature’s gifts. Elements like driftwood, pine cones, seashells, moss or discarded antlers can all serve as interesting and beautiful focal points of your home. Another great thing about the natural decor is that it’s quite subtle and can be easily changed with seasons.
You can also bring nature into your home through art. Hanging a beautiful landscape, nautical imagery, rural idyll or a vintage floral painting will connect your home with the natural world and take up a minimal amount of space.
You don’t have to have a huge garden or a backyard to feel connected with nature in your home. These practical, cost-effective and beautiful suggestions will allow you to let nature into your living space. You also get to practice biophilia and minimalism at the same time.
More About Lane:
Lana Hawkins is an interior designer and the editor-in-chief on Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration from.
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