Nature In The Home: Tips For Bringing Nature Indoors

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There are numerous ways to bring a hint of nature in the home, regardless of whether or not you garden. You don't need any special talent or even lots of space. All it requires is imagination and a desire for bringing nature indoors. Keep reading for tips on adding natural decor to your home.

Nature Decor Ideas

So how to bring nature indoors, you ask? One of the most common methods for bringing nature indoors is through the use of houseplants. Whether they take the form of lush foliage plantings, colorful flower arrangements, or even beautiful hanging baskets, houseplants in the home always bring you closer to the outdoors. With some imaginative planning, you can also turn nearly any window of your home into a lush green garden, be it with herbs, flowers, and foliage plants, or even cuttings. As an additional bonus, they're also good for you, giving off much needed oxygen and filtering the air. Alternatively, adding natural decor can be as simple as bringing some fresh cut flowers indoors and creating attractive, even fragrant, flower arrangements to fit your mood or the current season. If you're one of those crafty individuals, you could also opt for wildcrafting to dry cut flowers and other plants for making festive wreaths, charming bouquets, or an array of other decorative pieces. For those with little or no gardening know how, perhaps you could consider using artificial plants and flowers in the home instead. This is a great way to add a touch of the outdoors to your home without any maintenance involved, such as watering, fertilizing, or repotting.

Adding Natural Decor with Garden Accessories

Another good way to enjoy the pleasures of nature indoors is by adding garden accessories like a small fountain into your home. With a fountain, you can listen to the tranquil sounds of falling water without having to leave the comforts of home. You could even go one step further and create a small container pond garden. If you have a suitable window, patio, balcony, etc. why not add a bird feeder, then just sit back and watch them as they visit your home each day? You'll be amazed at the number of different bird species frolicking and chirping within easy viewing. Of course, if all else fails due to your hectic or busy lifestyle, try your hand at hanging beautiful landscape or other naturalistic scenes throughout your home. To add further interest, incorporate an old window frame over the picture. This gives the illusion of having the scene right outside your home. With pictures of outdoor scenery, nature can instantly be transported indoors. Nature can also become a part of your home by placing baskets filled with pinecones here and there. Likewise, you could fill an old jar or wide-mouth bottle with seashells, pebbles, or even sand, topping it off with an attractive votive candle.

Nikki Tilley
Senior Editor

Nikki Tilley has been gardening for nearly three decades. The former Senior Editor and Archivist of Gardening Know How, Nikki has also authored six gardening books.