If you’re one of the many people who are looking to bring the outdoors in this year, Nicky Roeber, Online Horticultural Expert at Wyevale Garden Centres, has this advice for creating a healthier, more natural environment in your home through interior design.
It’s well known that spending time outside has a whole host of health benefits. Being close to nature can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure according to research from the University of East Anglia, and that’s not to mention what it can do for our wellbeing.
While we could all certainly be making more of an effort to get outside, factors such as work commitments, the unpredictable British weather, and the lure of a favourite box set mean that most of us can’t avoid spending so much of our time indoors. One effective compromise is to bring some of the great outdoors in, so here are my top tips for how to use nature as your inspiration when decorating your home.
Add Houseplants to your Living Room
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to bring nature into your home is to add plenty of plants and flowers. Not only will they help to brighten up a room, but they also improve the air quality. Several studies have shown that houseplants can remove a huge amount of airborne toxins, which is particularly great news for asthma and allergy suffers.
One of the best plants for purifying the air at home is the spider plant. It grows happily in rooms that can’t get a lot of natural light, plus it doesn’t mind if you forget to water it every now and then. Other easy-to-grow plants that improve air quality are English ivy, rubber plants and bamboo but, if you’re after a challenge, try a flowering plant like a peace lily. They are a little more delicate and need regular sunlight and water, but they make beautiful decorations for your nature-inspired room.
Plants have plenty of other health benefits besides air purification that are especially important for people who spend a lot of time at home. According to the Royal Horticultural Society, they can reduce sickness, increase productivity, and improve our mental health if we help them grow indoors, which is all the more reason to incorporate nature into your design.
Let in Plenty of Natural Light
Letting plenty of sunlight into your home will allow your plants to thrive, and it can instantly give a room a more cheerful feel too. The vitamin D we get from exposure to sunlight helps to boost our mood and even reduces stress levels, so opt for curtains and blinds that can be kept open throughout the day to let in as much natural light in as possible.
Use Nature as Inspiration
Choosing furniture made of natural materials, like solid hardwoods, is another great way to bring nature inside. By incorporating materials that are found outdoors into the design of your home, you can create a more natural-looking environment — plus, your furniture will be stronger and more durable.
When choosing a colour scheme, it’s worth sticking to colours that are also inspired by nature. Blues, greens, yellows, and pastels are all perfect for creating an outdoorsy feel because they occur in nature the most and complement hardwoods well. It’s a good idea to bear this in mind when picking a wall colour but, if you aren’t looking to do any major redecoration, you can add pops of nature-inspired colour with accessories like vases, throws, cushions, and art.
Use plants, lighting, and décor to bring the outdoors into your home. With these tips, you’ll be able to create a great-looking indoor environment that is also beneficial to your physical and mental health.
If you’re looking for more indoor houseplants that will thrive in your home, take a look at RoCo’s Indoor Plant Guide.