Being able to create a serene and inviting living space connected by nature is more important these days than ever when we’re all so busy and can so easily get stressed. One of the best ways to do this is to blend the inside and outside and ensure your home connects with nature as much as possible. Read on to find out how to do this so you can get started right away and enjoy the benefits that this combination can bring.
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Use Natural Materials Inside
One good idea that will certainly help to connect your home with nature is to include natural materials in your home wherever you can. This could include having wood or stone tile flooring, for example, or bamboo blinds. You can have wicker or jute baskets for storage and water features in strategic positions in the house (you can get tabletop water features specifically designed to be used inside).
As well as this, you should always have plants in your home. Not only is this the best way to connect with nature, but they will help to purify the air, making it healthier to breathe and reducing allergens and dust.
Install New Windows
If you can’t get outside, windows are the next best thing to help you connect with nature in your home. Windows are the perfect gateway between indoors and outdoors, and if you don’t have enough of them, why not consider installing some more? This is a job that has to be done professionally, but it can make such a positive difference to how bright your home is and how well you can link nature both inside and out that it is often well worth investing in.
If you have plenty of windows, but the ones you have are old, then again, it’s a good idea to consider replacing them. It might be that the windows you have right now are not secure, so they’re not great at keeping you and your family safe. Or it could be that they aren’t made of the right material, or they’re scratched up, so the view is obscured. In any case, having new windows will give you a better view and help you to make the flow between interior and exterior a better one.
Outdoor Living Spaces
Although it makes sense to think about how to add nature to the interior of your home, and it’s a good thing to do, it’s just as important to think about how to turn the exterior of your home into a living space and turn things on their head.
You can design an outside living space that seamlessly goes from your home to the garden. There should be a flat surface like a patio or decking to use as a base, and you’ll need comfortable furniture. Lighting is also important, and to ensure you can stay outside even in cooler weather, heaters are definitely worthwhile. If you like to entertain, an outside kitchen could be added, but a great seating area for relaxing and enjoying nature might be enough, depending on your preferences.