Our home has always been our safe space, a sanctuary to enjoy the simple moments of life - eat, sleep, relax and be ourselves. A key to our well-being, our homes should be a place where one feels calm and at peace and lets nature help create this effect.
In a study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Australians believe that wildlife, forests and natural places are important because they are “critical to maintaining the balance of nature” and that over 57% have planted a native plant in their garden.
With more people bringing awareness into the environment and being cooped up indoors, it’s no wonder that there are many benefits to soaking up Mother Nature. Natural elements in the home help us connect with the natural world and the many benefits are there - health, reducing stress and promoting healing.
If you’re looking to be inspired by being in nature and wellness into your space, we’ve rounded up a few ways on how to create an environment inspired by natural elements.
Bringing in natural elements into your home connects you to nature in more ways than one. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they can remind you of the outdoors. Solid wood dining tables are reminiscent of trees that have been purposefully reused.
The addition of wood into your interiors is one of the easiest ways to incorporate natural materials in the home. It comes in a variety of timbers, finishes, and versatile styles. From dining chairs to flooring and ceiling beams, reclaimed wood can also be used and reclaimed for a sustainable option.
Choose materials that naturally resonate with your personal style, be it wood, stone, silk or handcrafted materials like rattan-inspired furniture.
One of the benefits of having natural elements in your home is their durability. Solid wood tables and stoneware can last many many years and lifetimes, a truly worthy investment in the long run.
Biophilic Design is a concept that uses elements of nature to provide joy to people in man-made spaces like buildings and homes. It’s more than just adding plants! It has three concepts: nature in the space, nature of the space, and natural analogues.
Nature in the space includes the direct placement of these elements like flora and fauna. Adding plants, plants and more plants that add touches of life and beauty. The most popular indoor plants in Australia are low maintenance and are a gorgeous addition to any space.
Nature of the space is replicating the feeling of nature - a sense of respite and refuge can be replicated with lush fabrics like silk, wool and linen. Adding earthy colours and warm tones can also help.
Natural analogues are creating patterns that mimic nature. Examples of these are natural shaped lines, wall prints with organic shapes and lines inspired by leaves or snowflakes.
One of the most overlooked elements to bring in is actually, sunlight. Making spaces brighter and livelier since the beginning of time, having natural sunlight in your home makes you feel more energized and it is good for your health.
If unsure of how to incorporate nature into your home, a piece of art depicting nature can always do the trick. Try a floral pattern or one with animals and you’re already taking nature into your home.
What’s your way of incorporating nature into your home? We hope that these tips have helped in creating a natural oasis you’ll always be proud of.