You’re a nature lover. You love to take walks in the park or by the ocean, constantly being outside. Maybe you live on a farm or a ranch or maybe you wish you did. Either way, you want nature to have a strong presence in your home.
Here are some ways to celebrate nature in your home:
Probably the easiest way to bring a little nature into your home is to have fresh flowers in vases throughout your home. They bring the bright colors and sweet scents of the outdoors in your home. Fresh cut flowers can really brighten a space. For a real natural touch, use only wildflowers.
Sticks & Stones
It is not just flowers that can be brought in from the outside. Think creatively about how you can arrange other natural items into the house like a basket of sticks or pretty stone scattered around the living room. Even an arrangement of fresh vegetables in a bowl on the kitchen table can be a nice touch.
If you find water soothing, then it will be a nice treat to have a small waterfall piece in your home to make you feel closer to the water.
What is more natural than cowhide? And you don’t need to be a cowboy to enjoy it. Think about a cowhide rug to warm up the living room floor or by the fireplace in the master bedroom. The great thing about cowhide is that it is very versatile. It also works great as a throw rug over the couch in the den or as a tapestry to warm up the walls of the dining room.
When it comes time to celebrate the holidays, do it with style by combining the homemade touch with elements of the outdoor. String some beautiful leaves together to decorate your stairwell during the fall or create your own beautiful Christmas wreath from the trees in your backyard.
Be Purposeful in your Color Palette
Don’t forget the power of color in your home. A simple way to celebrate nature in your home is to paint the walls all the beautiful colors of nature. Lush greens and rich browns can make you feel like you stepped into the Pinelands of New Jersey while bright pastels might be more reminiscent of all the colorful creatures in the tropical rainforest. The great thing about nature is that the colors of the land and sea and all its creatures are so diverse that you don’t have to worry about having to stick to just one color combination. Just think about the colors you find naturally in your favorite outdoor hot spots and be creative in how you implement them throughout your home. Love the night sky? Paint the stars on your ceiling so you can still feel like you are out in the big wide open sky even in the middle of a bustling city.
Let Your Furniture Speak Volumes
Even the type of furniture you include in a room can really add to the natural ambience. Wood is the most natural material used so when picking out your dining room or kitchen table try to stick to natural woods. That goes for hutches and any cabinetry as well. Luckily there are different types of wood with variations in color and texture so you can vary it up a bit in different parts of the house. Leather couches and chairs also bring a ranch or lodge feel to a room. You can’t go wrong with a mix of leather and wood if you want a more down home country feel to your home.
Set the Tone with the Right Illumination
What is the most natural source of lighting besides the sun? The first thing that comes to mind is probably candles. Our ancestors depended on them in the days before electricity and they give off a softer, warmer and more natural light than any light fixture ever could. Try scattering some scented candles around the house that you can light up after a hard, stressful day. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel after relaxing in a sea of candlelight. Don’t discount the power of light fixtures though. Think how cool it would be to have a light fixture shaped like the sun rays or a chandelier made of lanterns which will give the space a more rustic feel. Stick to Photos and Paintings that Celebrate Nature Choose carefully the photos and paintings you want to adorn the walls in your home. Try to stick to ones that depict wildlife scenes and natural landscapes to complement the rest of the décor. Art can be a great storyteller so try to pick pieces that have special meaning to you. Like a closeup photo of wolves for someone obsessed with wolves or a painting of a lighthouse by the sea to commemorate a special trip.
Extend the Outdoors In
Of course, no matter how you decorate your home, the inside will never exactly mirror the beauty of the natural world. The closest you can truly get is to extend the outdoors into your home as much as possible. One way is to let in as much natural light as possible. Nice big windows and skylights can really make you feel a part of the outside world even when you are all snugly curled up on the couch in the family room. Another way to create an outdoor living space that connects seamlessly with the rest of the house. If you have a porch or a patio, turn it into another living room where the family can gather and have fun together. A greenhouse is another great option if you have a green thumb. Or even grow your own garden of vegetables or flowerbeds in your background and set up a little sitting area nearby so you and your family can sit and enjoy the nature’s bounty. Want to learn more ways that you can bring the wonders of nature inside your home? Call Cowhide Outlet today.