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How to Bring the Outdoor Elements into Indoor Design

DesignInteriors|15 March 2019
How to Bring the Outdoor Elements into Indoor Design
The great outdoors has always been said to be one of the best things for your health and wellbeing. People crave positivity and a sense of calm in their home. So, with that in mind, people tend to bring the outside in, seeking connections with nature and other forms of life. So we’ve gathered our top tips on how to bring outdoor elements into indoor design.

Can house plants improve air quality?

Of course, your potted plants look pretty, but can they really clean up the air quality in your home? The answer is yes, they can! Scientists have shown that houseplants can absorb many gases that may be around your home such as Benzene (found in plastics, fabrics, pesticides and cigarette smoke) and Formaldehyde (found in cosmetics, detergent, fabric conditioner and carpet cleaner). Indoor plants purify the air in your home by absorbing these gases through their leaves and roots. And the best plants for the job are usually leafy plants, ferns, ivy and peace lilies.

How to use organic materials in interior design

Wood, Stone, Bamboo and Wool are just a few organic materials that are great to use in interior design. Not only are they a direct connection to the outdoors and nature but they make your home look and feel on trend and soothing. Brick and stone are great for making a focal point in your home, why plaster and wallpaper when you could showcase beautiful, raw brickwork instead? It’s also perfect for adding texture to your room.
Wood is another versatile, natural material perfect for interior design. It can be smoothed and varnished, making your room feel rich and elegant. Or it can be left rough and unstained showing its knots and grains. Either one fills your home with personality as well as connecting you and your guests to the outside world.

Living wall art

Living wall art is the ultimate go to when you want to bring the outside in. It brings something natural and beautiful into your home feeling like an extension of your outdoor space. You can also tailor your living walls to your mood and room of choice. A living wall in your kitchen may include fresh leafy herbs while in your living room you may have tumbling foliage. Ferns and grasses are the best plants to use for living walls, they are low maintenance and look after themselves, leaving you to enjoy the view. If a full living wall is too garish for you, why not start by using wall mounted planters? These essentially work the same but is a little less over powering. You can also choose more colourful plants to feature as it’s on a much smaller scale.

Natural light

Natural light must be the easiest way of bringing nature in your home. It requires no maintenance and can instantly lift a room, making it bright and airy. Large windows showcase natural light perfectly but is often covered with large chunky curtains. The best way to get around this, while still protecting your privacy, is using light, thin, almost sheer material that will compliment the natural light and your existing interiors. Mirrors are also great for making the most of your natural light. It creates reflections and bounces natural light to angles of the room that may not necessarily see light during the day. It can also make the room appear bigger.
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