Do you love nature and the outdoors? Most people find that being outdoors lifts their mood, brightens their spirits, and helps them feel healthier and more connected to the world around them. Unfortunately, we can’t always be outdoors as much we’d like. Bad weather, work, and chores often keep us inside when we’d rather be exploring nature.
You can use these fun tips to help your home and office feel more connected to nature.
Decorate with Houseplants
Potted plants can make your home feel like a tropical paradise. They also improve your indoor air quality by giving off moisture and oxygen, and they even filter impurities from the air. Too many small plants can make your home feel cluttered, so it’s better to incorporate a few large plants into your decor. While a large potted cactus may seem expensive compared to a small plant, it will give you a lot more bang for your buck.
Most people who have trouble with plants are overwatering, so try watering only once a week and dampening but not soaking the soil. Clay pots have a natural appeal and allow the soil to drain, but plastic will keep moisture in longer. You can wrap a plastic pot in fabric or twine to dress it up a bit.
Let the Sunshine In
Natural light can help people feel happier, healthier, more awake, and more productive. Sunlight has been proven to improve our lives in myriad ways. Natural light can help students do better in school, help children’s eye development, improve insomnia, speed healing after surgery, and prevent some forms of depression. Window coverings such as sheer curtains, blinds, or shutters can offer privacy when you need it and protect your rooms from the heat of the afternoon sun without blocking any more light than necessary.
Use Artificial Light Well
Learning more about the different kinds of artificial light available will help you improve your indoor living immensely. You can supplement the sunlight in your home with full-spectrum or daylight bulbs that bring the feeling of sunlight into dark corners or poorly lit rooms. You can even install UV lights in your HVAC system to prevent mold growth and kill germs as the air circulates.
Use Natural Materials
Wood floors, sisal mats, bamboo shelving, and other natural materials can help your indoor spaces feel more connected to the outdoor world. Look for ways to use natural touches in your furnishings, especially large surfaces like throw rugs, room dividers, window coverings, and tables. Lamp shades and throw pillows are a good place to use whimsical patterns that incorporate flowers, leaves, or animal motifs.
Bring in Fresh Flowers
Even an inexpensive bouquet of daisies from the grocery store can bring a room to life. Flowers bring color, life, and energy into a space, and many varieties offer scent as well. Put cut flowers as close to the middle of the room as possible, and top them off with fresh water daily to keep them fresh longer.
Bringing the outdoors into your home or office will help you enjoy some aspects of nature even when you’re too busy to garden, hike, or explore. Even a few natural touches can be uplifting when done well.