Some modern homes can feel heavily artificial – they may be reliant on synthetic materials, artificial lights and chemical scents. Such homes can often feel disconnected from the outside world, which for some people can result in a cold and sterile atmosphere.
Adding a few more natural features could help to make your home feel more connected to the great outdoors and could result in a more calming ambience. Here are just a few different ways to bring the outdoors indoors, allowing you to reconnect with nature.
1. Grow Some Houseplants.
You don’t need a backyard to grow plants. Growing plants indoors can have lots of advantages – it can help to improve air quality, reduce humidity and provide fragrant smells. Studies have also found that houseplants can reduce stress and in some cases improve sleep quality (plants like jasmine and lavender are good for this purpose).
Certain plants may be suitable for certain rooms. Aloe vera and orchids are great bathroom plants as they thrive in humid conditions, whilst snake plants are great for low-lit bedrooms. There may also be edible plants that you can grow in your kitchen such as chili pepper plants or ginger.
2. Let in More Sunlight.
Natural light is important for our health. The sun’s rays are full of vitamin D, which is important for our skin’s health and for lifting our mood.
The best way to let more natural light into your home is to install more windows. Dormer windows, glass doors and skylights are some of the best ways to maximize the amount of sunlight getting into your home. Companies like Stateline Exteriors can help you to install windows. Other ways to let in more sunlight could include removing obstacles and using mirrors to reflect sunlight.
3. Use More Organic Materials.
Modern homes are full of plastics and metals. Whilst these materials can have their advantages, too many of them can make a home feel cold and fake.
Wood is a great natural material that can help to make your home feel more earthy – sites like Oakwolrd have a great selection of natural timber furniture. Natural stone can also be a great material for tiles and countertops. When it comes to upholstery meanwhile, consider natural textiles like cotton and leather rather than synthetic fibers.
4. Introduce Natural Scents.
There are many chemical smells found in modern homes including paint VOCs, cleaning chemicals and deodorants. Not only can these smells give a home an artificial feel, but they can also sometimes be dangerous in large quantities due to the toxins and carcinogens contained within them.
Introducing more natural scents to your home could help to give your home a more natural feel, whilst also reducing the need to be reliant on harmful chemical scents. There are so many ways to introduce these scents to your home including essential oils, scented candles, air fresheners and organic cleaning products. You can even get seasonal with scents – thyme and rosemary are great Spring scents, whilst pumpkin and cinnamon are great aromas for Fall.