How to bring the outdoors, indoors

I don’t know about yours, but my family love the outdoors. Even if it’s just a walk on a Sunday through the local park, I love being able to take my little one on day trips and holidays where he can experience more of nature and the beautiful woodland we have in this country. Recently, I’ve tried to incorporate our love of the outside into our interior design, and in today’s post, I’ll be sharing my top tips.

Use natural materials where you can

If you’re starting from scratch with your decoration, then think about investing in a hard-wood floor. They’re usually more expensive, but there are places where you can get reclaimed materials from, so it’s worth doing a search in your local area for suppliers. Go for a natural look where the knots and unique grains are kept in and smoothed over, rather than being sanded down, and then use long-pile rugs to add warmth back in to an area. If you can’t afford this kind of re-vamp, focus your attention on other large pieces of furniture like dining tables, coffee tables and side boards.

Go for natural tones

When choosing what goes on the walls, stick to earthy, nature-inspired colours and prints. For example, if you want to keep things light in a smaller room, go for pale green and fudge brown colours on the walls, perhaps with a feature wall where the wall paper has a leafy or floral pattern in the same soft tones. Then, when looking for soft furnishings, go for more forest and emerald green colours to bring some vibrancy back into your living space. This could be in the form of a rug, cushion covers and curtains.

Opt for wood and stone in your accessories

When it comes to those finishing touches that make a room more personal, going for items made of wood or stone will help to create that calm, cool space you want to achieve. Go for stone or carved concrete vases for a rustic effect, or raw white pottery which is destined to be a huge trend in 2017. In terms of wall art, take a step away from the traditional framed family photographs, and opt to print photos onto wood instead. You can create some stunning effects on this material instead, and it will allow you to personalise your space while keeping to the outdoor theme.

Don’t forget plenty of plants

Finally, who could design an outdoor space indoors and forget the plants? Be sure to add a wide variety of plant life to your living area; there are many species of plant that thrive indoors, but they all have differing properties. For example, as a pretty centrepiece, peace lilies are beautiful plants whose white leaves will fit into any décor, but they also help to remove toxins from the air. You can check out more house plants here.

I hope you’ve found this post useful – are you going for the outdoor-indoor look this year?

This is a collaborative post.

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