Our home is our sanctuary. It’s the place where we feel most comfortable and free. It’s like a refuge from the world and all the pressures and stresses that come with it… or at least it should be. Incorporating the benefits of nature into your decor can help with that!
There are many ways to make your home a more authentic space. A place that is uniquely yours and that caters to your tastes and preferences while incorporating nature and it’s many gifts. The ultimate goal is to make your home your safe place… and not just in the physical sense.
When we think of safety we often think of installing security systems and privacy fences or purchasing glass break sensors to give us peace of mind from outside forces. But what about the safe and restful feeling that a serene and peaceful home provides?
Sometimes all it takes is a few new design elements and a little organization to create a tranquil feeling. And while you may love the aesthetic of your home and don’t want to change a thing, there are still a few things that you can do to make it your personal oasis and incorporate a little nature. Here are a few things to consider as you transform your space!
eliminate visual noise
We all know the phrase “out of sight, out of mind”. Although we don’t usually associate that term with our home decor, maybe we should. Think about how much stuff we accumulate, most of which we don’t even need. How many times have you put something away or in storage that you thought was important, only to find it later and wonder why you had been holding on to it. Extra stuff creates clutter and clutter creates visual noise that can make it difficult to truly relax in the space.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” – William Morris
I’m not suggesting that you start indiscriminately throwing away the things you own. But it does mean taking the time to mindfully remove anything that doesn’t bring you pleasure or serve a purpose.
Have you ever noticed the difference between a home that is well lit and that has views of nature and those that are closed off and dark? It’s a proven fact that being close to nature is a reliable mood booster. This is why it’s so important that we don’t deprive ourselves of nature’s comforts when we retreat indoors?
Natural materials can have a restful effect on our minds. Try to incorporate more wood, stone, and cotton elements into your home. Particularly in your frequently used areas and the bedroom where rest and peace of mind are paramount.
plants are powerful
Another way to bring nature indoors is to bring in a few low maintenance plants that will thrive in your home. Not only will they provide visual appeal, they will also improve the quality of air in your home and create a natural sense of wellbeing. If you work from home, plants can even help to improve your concentration and productivity.
oils are essential
It’s easy to underestimate the impact that our sense of smell has on our quality of living but the right essential oils used strategically around the house can enhance any room. In your living room, go for unobtrusive scents like vanilla or jasmine. Sandalwood, lemon or peppermint are great for home offices (for mental clarity and an energy boost). In the bedroom, lavender is an obvious choice. Its calming and soothing properties do wonders for relaxation. But if you want something a little more exotic try bergamot, ylang-ylang, marjoram or sage.
Don’t just go sprinkling oils on everything. Be sure that you have 100% essential oils and grab an oil diffuser (preferably one like this) that runs for a few hours at a time and fits perfectly with any decor.