Wed 08 Jun 2016
The outdoor elements make us feel refreshed, calm, and at one with the earth. Try these simple ideas to bring the elements from the outdoors into your home:
Make use of natural textures and patterns
Wicker, Rattan, Hemp, and Jute are all materials that are inspired by nature. Choose these materials in your furniture for a comfortable oasis to relax. Baskets, rugs, and even lampshades will bring the outdoors into your relaxing space.
Be inspired by colour
Use these colours on your walls, window coverings, bedding, and decor:
• Greens remind us of the earth, grass and plants.
• Blues are refreshing like water and the sky.
• Yellows evoke a sense of freshness, like the sun and flowers.
• Neutral tones such as whites, tans and beige’s make your interiors feel natural and clean.
Country Homes & Interiors capture the use of the colours perfectly using items from John Lewis, M&S and Emma Bridgwater at Sanderson:
Pick natural flooring instead of man-made
By bringing wood, cork and bamboo flooring into your home, your body will appeal to the organic elements of natural flooring, instead of cold man-made materials.
Use elements found in nature in your decor
Rocks, sea shells, jars of beach sand, wood and straw are just a few elements which you can use. Try adding photographs and murals of these elements if you don’t have the real thing on hand.
Entice your senses with outdoor cues
Woodsy incense and floral potpourri scents are always a treat. Sounds of rain, wind, and the beach are used in luxury spas to make the body feel relaxed and in tune with nature. This same feeling can be brought into your home.
Let there be natural light
Natural light makes humans feel wonderful and it’s free! Replace heavy curtains with lighter or sheer fabric.
Ensure all windows have a gorgeous view
If you have overgrown bushes, or dustbins blocking your view, clear it up! Bring the outdoors in by enjoying views of landscaping or just your kids playing out in the garden.
Go botanical - use this year's key trend
2016 interior design trend is perfect for bringing the outside in. It does not matter whether it is winter or summer outside, floral patterns and shades of green all year round will give your interior a lightness, freshness and unfading spring mood.
We adore this unusual floral pattern on this linen cushion available to purchase from The Country Home, it perfectly creates a lovely bohemian country look.
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