Every day people go out of their way to experience nature, whether it's at the park, beach, ski-resorts, forest hikes or even mountain climbing.
While urban life has its advantages, nature has a certain allure...an undeniable charm which draws us to her.
In this post we'll examine 8 ways of bringing nature into the home so it can enliven your decor and enrich your life.
1. Keep it Simple
A simple potted plant can enhance any interior by adding an organic touch to a roomful of man-made objects.
In our first photo, the plant compliments the abundance of wood already present in this apartment, while in the second it brings a certain adorable charm.
Though the two ornaments are related to nature they're still synthetic, making the plant the only real piece of nature there.
2. Part of the Furniture
In the first image flowers are just part of the furniture, imparting a sense of beauty and elegance to the dinner table.
The second instance is far more clever: the plants decorate a shelf that's carved into the shape of a tree, resting on its branches.
Here we have a blend of organic and synthetic, with art copying nature.
3. A Splash of Colour
In a room of mostly grays and whites, these two purple flowers—bursting with colour—immediately draw our eye.
Interior design doesn't get any simpler than this: adding just a small dab of variation to an established colour scheme can help create focus.
It's also nice to wake up to the sight and smell of nature.
4. Rule of Thirds
In art, the rule of thirds divides a composition to emphasize elements along a central plane. Here, it would be the flowers on the table.
This simple design principle, along with the wooden furniture, floors, and half-concealed flower pot on the left, all stress the natural flavors in this room.
Of course the wall of green is easily the most striking part of the decor, making this region of the home feel alive and organic, almost like you're dining outdoors.
5. White Picket Fence
A major part of the American Dream has always been this idea of the white picket fence: people work hard, save money, and buy a home in the suburbs with a white picket fence where they can plant a garden.
But for those in the city, this clever and artful ornament brings the American Dream right to your dining table.
Just one more way nature can spruce up your home without much cost.
6. Outdoor Plants
It only makes sense to display plants on the balcony. In addition to providing direct sunlight, the greenery adds a nice scenic touch when socializing outside with friends and family.
In this particular case, the natural green of the plants stands out vividly against the industrial whites and grays of the apartment.
7. Elegant Compositions
Too much nature in a room can take away from the overall decor. Not true in this case: here we have a careful arrangement of plants and flowers on the table, shelves and floor.
There's just the right amount of greenery to balance out the surplus of whites, instilling this luxurious home with some natural grace and charm.
The objective is not to overwhelm, but to use a discerning eye when placing such items.
8. Wild Creations
Elegance is great, but if you really want to distinguish your home you can take a more creative approach.
Artful decor such as the one in this picture makes a bold design statement: it's beautiful, original, poetic (plants need to be loved and nurtured just like babies), and best of all, inexpensive.
Just don't forget to water the baby.
All of these examples show that a few natural accents to your home can make it more attractive and appealing.
Nature can be both simple and affordable—and when used correctly—enliven a room's appearance.