Summer is a a time where being outside truly connects you with mother earth. With beautiful sunny days, longer days, and calm evenings, the outdoors become a natural way to disconnect with modern life for a bit and connect more with nature, improving both our mental and physical health. There’s nothing quite like breathing in fresh air while hiking in the redwoods, smelling the salty ocean air on the beach, or feeling the warm sun on your face while sitting outside at a cafe. If you want to connect with nature on a mind, body, and soul level in your space, here are 6 tips that help you bring your favorite elements of the outdoors inside this summer.
1. Natural Materials
The most connected spaces are the ones that use natural elements from nature. Whether it’s wood furniture, a brick fireplace, bamboo floors, rattan chairs, or organic cotton bedsheets, choose natural elements that incorporate your style and personality in an authentic way. Any material (that reminds you of the elements you see when you walk out your door), helps unify your interior with the exterior. Plus, wood especially is such a beautiful material from nature that I feel it has the ability to transform your mind, body, and soul. Using materials that have been recycled, reclaimed, salvaged, or repurposed into new functions helps conserve the Earth’s precious resources.
2. Earthy Tones
Nature’s color palette is full of rich earth tones such as shades of browns, greens, blues, oranges, tans, and reds. These colors are warm, inviting, and soothing, which creates a sense of ease and authentic connection with yourself. Earth tones work well with most colors and complements materials such as wood, stone, metal, or glass. If you are looking for a soft, light earthy shade, I recommend Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist or Wind’s Breath.
3. Natural Light
Natural sunlight changes a space making any room come alive. It’s one of the easiest, affordable, and most beautiful natural elements that people often forget about. Similar to rays of sunlight shining through redwood trees, one of your best sources of light will be the natural light shining through your windows. Therefore, in order to maximize the amount of sunlight that’s coming through your windows, clean them and open them whenever possible letting in fresh air. Cleaning your windows allows in positive light energy and brings clarity to your physical and mental space.
Accent your space with plants and flowers. This is one of the best ways you can connect with nature, keeping your home fresh and natural. Bringing the outdoors inside can be as simple as putting potted plants, succulents, cacti, or a vase of flowers on your kitchen countertops, your fireplace mantel in your living room, or on the windowsills in your bedroom. Plus, plants provide mental and health benefits by purifying the air. They are living organisms that remove pollutants from the air by absorbing gases (such as carbon dioxide) through their leaves and roots. Perhaps that is why when most people take a walk outside or go hiking, it feels so calming and soothing to the soul and instantly lifts up the spirit.
5. Unified Spaces
Use the same flooring for both indoor and outdoor areas to unify spaces. If you have stone tiles in your kitchen, use the same stone tile on your back deck or back patio for continuity and harmony. If you aren’t sure whether extending your indoor flooring outdoors will look nice and create a well-balanced aesthetic, stick with colors that complement the outside color scheme. For example, if the colors on the exterior of your home are greige and browns with warm accents, and the interior colors are cool greys and greens, go with the exterior colors for the color palette of your floors.
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6. Wind Chimes/Indoor Fountains
The outdoors is all about experiencing the universe, especially the sound of nature. When I go hiking, I love to hear birds chirping and the sound of water flowing across rivers or trickling down creeks amidst the silent communication of the beautiful redwoods and creatures. You can bring the sound of the outdoors indoors by hanging wind chimes or adding a table top fountain to simulate the sound of trickling water. What a great way to bring nature indoors and create a soothing and relaxing oasis.
How blended indoor and outdoor living spaces can benefit you
While not everyone is as conscience of their health both physically and mentally as they should be, those who enjoy nature recognize the abundance of the universe and the feelings of harmony and peace that it brings to them. We currently live in a technology boom where there’s constantly an influx of information. Our brains are rarely still and we constantly feel busy, overwhelmed, and stressed out. Blended indoor and outdoor living spaces allow you to really feel connected with mother earth on a mind, body, and soul level. Reconnecting with nature brings about a sense of calmness and balance which reduces stress and anxiety, and uplifts your spirit.
This summer, bring the outdoors in with a blended living space that promotes your soul healing and mental health which is so needed in today’s fast paced external world. Let nature restore you to your true authentic self and welcome a calm, relaxing peace into your interior space. If you want a designer’s touch to help guide you to transform your space and are ready to jump in with your design project for the summer, please contact me for a complimentary design consultation. To schedule your consultation, click here. In the meantime, happy decorating!