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10 ways to bring the outside in – modern nature design ideas

10 ways to bring the outside in – modern nature design ideas

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Intuitively, we know that getting outside is good for us. It lifts our spirits, blows away the cobwebs and leaves us feeling ready to take on our next challenge. So, why not bring the outdoors in? 

Many of the green spaces and parks that we enjoy today came into being during the mid-1800s

The Victorians had a clear understanding that nature promoted wellbeing and their obsession with the notion of ‘healthy body is a healthy mind’. Coupled with the public revolt against the poor air quality and filthy rivers of the Industrial Revolution, this saw them embracing nature wherever and however they could. Conservatories and orangeries appended to stately homes enabled the upper classes to entertain ‘au courant’, while parks afforded the middling classes a safe place to step out and breath the air. City dwellers welcomed nature inside with pot plants in Wardian cases set against a backdrop of William Morris’ wallpaper for a sense of the outside, inside their home. Nature was for all to enjoy. 

Being amongst nature has been proven to reduce stress, so it follows that it is good for both our cardio health as well as our mental health.

Fostering a connection with nature inside our homes and workspaces can also help improve our wellbeing, so here are 10 simple ways in which you can bring the outside in, in support of your health. 

1. Plants

The easiest way to bring the outside inside, is through flora and fauna around the house. Be that a potted fern on a bookshelf, a spider plant hanging from the ceiling or a terrarium filled with succulents, not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they are also good for you. They improve air quality by removing toxins, release oxygen and help regulate humidity, adding a sense of freshness to your home.

2. Use natural materials.

By embracing natural elements in inside spaces, you are imitating nature. We understand natural materials such as stone and wood and are a great way to help create a restful indoor space that will leave the occupant feeling connected and restored.  

3. Let natural light in.

Often, we close the curtains and shut doors throughout the seasons to keep in the warmth. By incorporating larger windows, more glass, and by removing curtains or blinds, natural light can be harnessed. Natural light is important for you. Natural light improves sleep, boosts our vitamin D levels and natural light can help fight seasonal depression. With more natural light coming through your house, the less need you will have for interior lights, reducing your carbon footprint through less electricity consumption.  

4. Decorate your rooms with small finds from nature.

When you are out walking and you find a pinecone, fallen conkers or a discarded feather, pick it up as a keepsake and use it to style a bookshelf or tablescape in your dining room for some seasonally inspired creativity.

5. Choose a natural colour scheme.

Rather than splashing bright pinks and purples onto the wall, try to incorporate earthy tones into your decorative scheme. Matching colours from natural materials such as grey from slate and green from foliage can help blur the lines between inside and outside, creating restful, nature-inspired spaces that aid relaxation.  

6. Bring in light from above to promote nature-inspired home design.

We often expect light to just come in through our windows. But, the best use of light filling a room is from above. Using skylights or lantern windows can help improve the amount of light coming into a room. By opening up space in such a way, you invite in both the natural cycle of the sun and moon, along with the seasonal weather, helping to support circadian rhythm.

7. Biophilic design.

Biophilic design is a concept to enhance our connectivity with nature through the use of cues from nature to inform an interior scheme. The team have recently used elements of biophilic design to inform the new gym. Drawing on our natural setting, they have created a relaxing environment in which to train with positivity and focus. Using wall space for promoting nature and indoor planting to improve indoor air quality have been key components of the design scheme. 

10 ways to bring the outside in - modern nature design ideas. Combe Grove Gym Biophilic design Wall

8. Choose furniture made from natural materials.

Use natural fibres such as wicker, rattan, hemp, and jute in your interior design scheme to connect with nature. These can be found in baskets, rugs, cushions, wall art, and larger pieces of furniture such as tables. Generally more textural in nature than man-made alternatives, they create interest and calm.  

9. Remove carpets and replace with natural flooring.

Natural home decor such as wooden floorboards or tiles can create a seamless transition from the outside in. Not only are they easier to keep clean, the texture of natural flooring underfoot has a grounding effect. It connects us with the outdoors which benefits us emotionally.

10. Use natural fragrance.

Burn candles or use diffusers with natural essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances. Being in nature is a multi-sensory experience, so our indoor spaces should be too. Not only can natural fragrances help make you feel more relaxed, but they can also aid mindful meditation and promote restful sleep.

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