Spending time outdoors is great for your physical and mental wellness, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s not always possible to spend as much time outdoors as you’d like, though. Research shows that the average American spends 87% of their life inside buildings, such as their home. So, if you can’t get outside much, why not do the next best thing and bring the outdoors into your home’s interior?
Use natural materials
The nation loves nothing more than splashing out on furniture and soft furnishings. Statistics show sales of $115 billion on furniture in just one year. When it comes to choosing furniture, opt for items that are made from natural materials as they’ll give an earthy feel to your home. Bamboo is a good option for tables, chairs, and flooring. A sofa made from Rattan looks good and is a comfortable choice. Or, you could pop a Rattan or Wicker chair in your reading nook alongside a seagrass rug.
Go wild with trees
Trees aren’t just something to appreciate outside. One of the latest interior design trends is to have trees indoors. There are two reasons for this: they look good and they’re healthy to be around. Potted trees are the simplest way to start, and the great thing about them is that they’re fully transportable. Indoor trees can be added to any room in your home. A stand out living room feature can be something as simple as one tree or lots of trees scattered around.
In the bedroom, consider small trees on a stand, side table, or shelf as they’ll help you to relax and sleep better. You can enhance your interior design further by adding a colorful fruit plant or tree. A lemon tree will complement a yellow-themed room perfectly, while an orange tree will look good opposite a burnt orange feature wall.
Add a water feature
Water automatically makes you think of the ocean and being outdoors. Indoor water features are good for bringing peace and serenity to your home. A water feature can be as big or small as the space you’ve got to fill. In a large area, go for a waterfall that’s the entire length of the wall. Whereas, a table top water fountain is ideal for compact areas.
Create an indoor garden
55% of Americans say they take part in gardening activities. If you don’t have a garden or simply want to beautify the inside of your home, you can create an indoor garden. The possibilities with this idea are endless. For example, you could turn an entire wall in your sitting room into a green wall. Cover it with lots of foliage and leafy plants and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. A floating bathroom garden is ideal if you’ve got good lighting and want to maximize the calming atmosphere in the room. All you need to do is put up a floating shelf and add bathroom-friendly succulents, such as Snake plants and Panda plants, to it. If you are not prepared for real plants, you have the option to use artificial ones in the form of wreaths, garlands, faux flower arrangements, and other decorations. The primary advantage is that you don’t need to take care of them, and you can select the one that complements your home decor perfectly. They can also serve as charming adornments for doors or windows.
Let the sun in
Happiness and health are associated with the sun. If you’re not getting outside enough, you may be vitamin D deficient and you’re more likely to experience low moods. Bringing the sun into your home is a great way to lift your spirits and bring your home to life. Adding skylights to the roof will instantly brighten up your home and fill it with natural light. Natural light is great for saving money on your energy bills and for improving your productivity and wellness. Another way to introduce more sun to your home is with a glass exterior wall or large bifold doors. The amount of sun your property gets by replacing just one solid masonry wall with glass will increase tremendously. Plus, glass is good at giving the illusion of more space in your home – which is something everyone wants.
The outdoors is good for your health and being around it can instantly make you feel better and more alive. Designing the inside of your home so that it includes lots of natural materials and items that you’ll find outdoors is the best way to create a comfortable home to be proud of.