Every person has an innate connection to nature, and while urban living is essential in today’s age, that doesn’t mean we have to carve out that piece of ourselves. We are naturally happier, calmer, and more relaxed when we’re around nature. We wake up more easily when we’re in bright, natural light. There’s a reason why we find nature sounds soothing, and that’s because there’s a part of us that is happiest around it.
Just because you live in a city doesn’t mean you cannot immerse yourself around nature. There are many great design tips that can help bring the outdoors in. Below we have brought a few top options together to help you transform your home in 2023.
While glass windows make your home harder to heat and insulate, glass elements can help you maximize the visual space in and around your home. A glass fence or balcony can expand your use of the outside without interrupting your sightlines, so you can see and enjoy more of the outdoors and the other design investments you’ve made.
If you have the budget, then enlarging your windows to your garden space is also a great way to bring in that natural light and the sense of the wilderness and nature all year round.
You don’t need to go far to bring the outdoors in when you add plants to your space. The only point to keep in mind with houseplants is your home’s environment. You need plants that thrive in the type of light you can offer them, which can make things difficult if you have a naturally darker home. Don’t give up, however, because there are great low-light options, grow lights, and many realistic-looking faux plants that can help you bring the outdoors in.
Don’t just stop indoors, either. Outside is just as, if not more, important when it comes to designing a home. You’ll want to spend the money to have a great view out of your window, even if that’s just decking out a balcony. If you have a garden, however, truly invest. You can save by opting for smaller plants that will grow nice and big in no time.
Choose Natural Materials
Another great way to bring nature into your home is to use natural materials instead of synthetic options. Real wood, and even options like metals and stone can help you feel grounded in your space, which plastics and man-made materials just cannot replicate. This also applies to textiles as natural materials are a better fit for the tactile experience.
Art is a great way to help balance a space and bring the outdoors in. You can take this literally by adding artwork of the natural world, like landscapes or botanicals, or you can instead focus on textures and even the colors. So long as the art feels like it balances out your favorite window view, you’ll have a space that feels cohesive.