Both the interior and the exterior make a home a desirable place to live. You can, moreover, enhance both the inside and the outside by having them blend into one another. In most cases, it is the outdoor space that slowly makes its way inside your home to establish a natural connection with nature.
From plants all over the house to a bedroom skylight, these are the best ways to invite the outdoors into your home.
Flowers and plants all over the place
Plant life is synonymous with the term “nature,” so you should adorn the house with flowers and plants of all sorts. Choosing the right species is going to depend on the region you live in, but dracaena, spider plant, and peace lily are among the most popular indoor plants.
In general, plants that don’t require constant watering and much sunlight are ideal for the home, such as succulents. You should place a potted plant and flower in every room, including the hallway and the bathroom. Verdant plant life in the latter can even turn your bath area into a proper spa.
Switch to natural materials
Another way to bring nature indoors is to use natural materials, such as wood and stone, to decorate the house’s interior. These materials are found outdoors, so a stone sink or a wooden closet will definitely stand out among artificial materials. As with plants, there is no single area inside the house where these materials can be used. In fact, they can be incorporated in almost every interior design style.
If you own a piece of garden furniture, then the chances are it is made from rattan. Not only is this material durable, it also fares well against extreme heat… and it is waterproof. Therefore, we associate rattan furniture with the outdoors. Transporting this kind of furniture inside the house can even make you feel as if you have stepped into a jungle in Southeast Asia, where rattan lianas hang from trees.
A tree on the inside
We’ve mentioned earlier that you should introduce plant life inside the house. Moreover, if you think this doesn’t go for trees, you are mistaken. You can easily plant a tree inside the house! All you need is a room large enough to house a tree and a spacious planter.
The only prerequisite is to have a tall ceiling (preferably featuring a skylight) and that the tree is near windows so it is exposed to direct sunlight during the day. If you are building your home from scratch, you might want to conserve that large oak in the middle of the plot to serve as the centerpiece in the new house.
The more windows, the better
Since walls are the only barriers between the interior and the exterior of your house, windows are best portals into the outside world. In fact, typical suburban home can actually benefit more from increasing the number of windows.
Your windows don’t have to be special—conventional, good-quality double glazed windows will do the job just fine. The trick is to increase their total number, especially in rooms that don’t feature them right now. For instance, bathrooms are rooms that desperately need a window but often they have to rely on artificial air ventilation for fresh air.
Enlarging the window panes
Another neat trick regarding windows is to increase their size. Rather than extra-large windows, you might even consider having openings so huge they constitute glass walls. These walls should face the patio and/or the garden so they would allow enjoyable views and let plenty of natural light inside. Another décor suggestion is to add glass walls in corridors facing the outside of the house.
A room or a greenhouse?
Every good farmer will tell you that a glass greenhouse is better than a PVC one. In fact, a glass greenhouse is so good that it can be used to extend the living room into the backyard. These home extensions in glass can be shaped like a rectangle or a half-dome, adding to a modern look of the back façade. They would allow a 360° view of nature outside but still provide the protection of an enclosed space, which is vital during a powerful summer storm or bitter cold outside.
Natural floors wherever possible
There are numerous types of flooring and while ceramic tiles are ideal for the bathroom and the kitchen, you should look to lay floors made from natural materials in other rooms. Cork, bamboo, and hardwood floors are perfect insulators and they give the whole place a homely and a stately look.
If you haven’t used natural floors in the past, we suggest you start with bamboo floors, as they are the most cost effective in the market and they are sourced from renewable sources. Furthermore, bamboo is a resilient material that will last for decades with adequate care.
At least one green wall inside the house
You might have a green wall leaning against the fence in the yard but why not dedicate one wall inside the house to climbers and vines! The living room is ideal for this purpose as you probably already have a mini garden planted there: just make it vertical and transform your living room into a zen garden. The plants you use to grow a green wall should blossom several times a year.
A skylight above the bedroom
Finally, you’ll want to assure you get your piece of heaven in the bedroom. Well, not exactly heaven but a piece of the sky through a skylight positioned directly over the bed. You will lie on your back looking at the stars and the moon in the night sky, pondering on the meaning of life. You may also want to install a shutter of some sort on the skylight so that you will avoid being roughly wakened by the morning sun.
Bringing outdoors inside your home might seem impossible at first but as soon as you plant the first houseplant and increase the number of windows, you’ll fall in love with nature. After you have followed the tips listed above, you are bound to come up with novel ways to blend the cramped indoor living space with the great outdoors.
This guest post was graciously provided by Ron Wolf. Ron is a hobby designer and a DIY enthusiast, and, above all, a very blessed father of two. Besides that, he has a strong passion for writing. He is a featured blogger at various blogs and magazines in which he shared his research and experience with the vast online community. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family. Hiking, bike riding, and BBQing are always a thing for him. In the evening, he likes to watch documentaries or build something with kids in their lego corner.
Freelance writer, hobby designer and DIY enthusiast.