Today more than ever, we need to cultivate more peace-of-mind and renewal in our lives. Experience and science tell us that nature is the best place to find calmness and restoration. But most of us live in cities and residential neighborhoods; boxed within right angles and concrete roads, with a few parks and trees tucked in almost as an afterthought.
Of course it’s recommended to escape our busy lives as often as possible to spend time in nature, but our lives keep getting busier and natural spaces keep getting diminished. So what’s a person to do?
Bring nature home to create a feeling of well-being
Nature is full of textures and organic lines. She has movement and fluidity. To capture these features in your home, use natural elements in your living space to cultivate that same sense of well-being that you find in the outdoors. Let’s explore in more detail.
1. Plants are a must
Please don’t tell me you can’t take care of plants—you don’t have a green thumb, don’t have the time, or any of the other excuses. If you want to bring nature’s beauty and well-being into your space, plants are a must. There are many plants, such as succulents and cacti, that require very little care. Find the species that fit in well with your lifestyle, learn how to care for them and go wild!
Besides bringing good mojo into the room, plants also help to clean your air and boost oxygen levels.
2. Pottery brings organic shapes and personality
Because I’m a potter, clay is my favorite way to bring nature home. The earthiness of clay, organic shapes and the tactile quality of handmade pottery all help to create a calming natural environment. Plus, it’s one of the easiest ways to break up all of the straight lines in your home.
Using ceramic art as well as functional plates and pots in your home, makes your space more personalized and unique, as I explained in a recent article on Redfin. So if you like rustic, minimalist and nature-inspired designs, feel free to check out my shop. I recommend starting with the cozy home section.
3. Natural Fibers fit a holistic approach
Besides being sustainable and less toxic than commonly used chemical fibers, natural fibers are essential when designing a home for well-being. You can upholster with them, snuggle up to natural pillows and blankets and decorate with rugs and baskets. Surround yourself with natural textiles and you’ll notice the improved aesthetics and natural durability of your interior.
4. Wood is versatile and aesthetically delightful
If you’re looking for a natural, rustic home, then wood is essential. The reasons for its use are endless, including good sound insulation, sustainability, durability and comfort. Not to mention that wood grain is one of the most mesmerizing beauties in the natural world, where different colors and textures roll into each other in a captivating dance.
5. Stone brings texture and irregularity to your space
Stone and river rock might be the least utilized natural materials in interior design, but for me, they’re one of the most intriguing. Stone has a tactile element that brings you right back to nature (try using it for your bathroom floor, where you’re most likely to be barefoot).
Natural stone’s types, colors, and patterns can be mixed and matched into hundreds of different combinations. Pairing stone with the other materials in this list creates a warmly tactile and inviting space.
I’m not sure about you, but I do not regret a single moment I’ve spent in nature. It’s where I feel most at home. And while I’m not ready or able to negate all of the conveniences of city life, I still love to escape into nature and feel at peace. That’s why it’s so important for me to make my dwelling into my personal sanctuary, where I feel relaxed and comfortable.
Emotional well-being leads to physical well-being and we already know that being in nature boosts our immune system, lowers our blood pressure, reduces stress and mental fatigue, increases our ability to focus, increases our energy levels and improves our sleep. If not for aesthetic purposes, then incorporate more nature into your life for your physical health.
I hope you found this article on how to bring nature home helpful and inspiring. As always, I look forward to your ideas and comments below.