When you’re looking to transform the home, it pays to have an idea of what kind of home you’re looking to create. For a lot of people, the stresses of modern living can slip away when we get a little closer to nature. To that end, there are a lot of ways to give your home a more natural feel, inside and out. Making your home feel more natural can be by having a more country, farm aesthetic which takes you back to the natural roots of animals, wood, barn doors and a cosy vibe or implementing more plants into your home. Here, we’re going to look at some of the steps that can help you do just that.
Prioritize natural light
Effectively lighting the home is essential for your comfort and practical needs. However, hanging up a whole host of lighting fixtures isn’t the only way to do it. Instead, you can look at introducing a little more natural light into the home. Most of this is going to be done with the windows, replacing light-blocking window treatments like heavy curtains with things like blinds that can part to allow much more sunlight into your home. Aspects of your home decor can improve how natural light makes it around the home, as well. Mirrors, for instance, and other reflective surfaces can help that light fill much more of the room.
Get some greenery in your home
There are a lot of benefits to bringing greenery into the home. They can promote a feeling of calm and relaxation. They can improve the air quality of your indoors. They can also add a nice splash of color where some may be missing. You can always add some houseplants to your counters, corners, and windowsills for an easy win, but there are other ways to weave plant life through your home as well. Some will have hanging planters over their kitchen island while others might have a green wall they have scaling one side of the room. Keeping it neat and under control takes a little maintenance, but it can be worth it for the gorgeous effect on the home.
Avoid clutter how you can
One of the stresses of modern living is feeling like we’re constantly surrounded by the signs and symptoms of it. It can feel a little crowded and claustrophobic and, as such, one of the best things you can do is make sure that you’re not replicating that in your own home. Keeping the home as open as possible can promote some of the natural decor elements recommended here, but can also help you avoid that feeling. Look at steps you can take to declutter the home and try to make it more open in general to invite a sense of peace and calm. Even temporary stop-gap solutions like wicker baskets for items out of place can be really effective.
Introduce more natural materials into the home
A lot of contemporary style sees us opting for clean and smooth materials like metals, glass, and so on. While these aren’t exactly non-existent in the natural world, they don’t really offer that same sense of connection. Adding natural materials to your home doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. You don’t have to replace your entire existing wall with the help of peel and stick wood planks, for instance. You can also opt for choices such as bamboo furniture that can be resilient and practical options that are not just much more natural feeling, they are also much more eco-friendly to install in your home. Surround yourself with natural materials and you’re going to feel a much deeper sense of connection to the world around you.
Emulation can work as effectively as the real thing
There are some natural materials that you can use in the home rather easily, as mentioned above. However, when it comes to some of the more widely sought ones, like hardwood, granite, and marble, then things can start to get really expensive. However, you don’t always need to use real natural materials to emulate the natural feeling in your own home. Sometimes, you can fake it til you make it. PVC wooden flooring is one example of how you can go for options that look and feel like the real thing, but don’t have to be quite as expensive as the materials you would need otherwise.
Get the scents of the natural world
It’s not just about what we see and what we feel, either. We experience the natural world with all of our senses and the sense of smell can be one of the most powerful and evocative when you know how to use it. Aside from being a highly effective stress-busting tool, the impact of essential oils based on natural, floral ingredients like lavender, Ylang Ylang, and so on can be huge when it comes to bringing the natural world into the home. It can feel like stepping into a field of your favorite flowers when you come home. That’s not to mention the many purported health benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy to go with them. You can create a relaxing haven in your own home.
A little water can go a long way
Stepping out into the garden, you can also help give it an added sense of connection to nature by finding the right water elements to install. From bird baths to fountains, it doesn’t have to be particularly big. The sound of running water can, in itself, bring a new level of relaxation and connection with it. What’s more, water features are inherently nature friendly as well, as they can offer a place for wildlife, such as local birds, to get a drink and wash. Opening a little room for local wildlife in your garden can help ensure that you’re doing your part to provide a habitat for many species that have had theirs encroached on.
You don’t necessarily need to go all out in getting in real natural materials, as expensive as they can be, to create the natural feel in the home. With the help of the tips above, you can make sure that you feel a little closer to the natural world without sacrificing any of the comforts of modern living.