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Bring the outdoors in

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM

It's springtime, the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing. In times like these, you wish you could spend all day outside with nature. But we can't, so why not bring the outdoors inside? We all enjoy being surrounded by nature.

Flowers and plants

The first and perhaps easiest way to start is with flowers and plants. Use large, lush plants to fill spaces and breathe life into your indoor space. Include flowers and flowering plants, such as orchids, as much as possible. You will be amazed how good these will make you feel.

Lately, the idea of 'green walls' have become very fashionable. Either part of a building or free-standing wall, this sustainable innovation is healthy and great to look at. Also known as living walls, these vertical gardens are packed with flora that benefits your lungs as well as your decor.

Art

Art and accessories are also a great way to make your indoor space feel like the outdoors. Use elements found in nature in your decor - pictures of landscapes, botanical prints, sea or street scenes, allow one to escape mentally beyond the boundaries of our walls. Rocks, sea shells, jars of sand, and straw in an arrangement are just a few elements which you can incorporate into your everyday living, to bring the outdoors in. Add photographs and murals of these elements if you don't have the real thing on hand. Use organic elements as much as possible - for example, items made from straw or clay. Add a water feature and close your eyes - there is nothing like the sound of water to make you escape to the outdoors - while still in the comfort of your favourite chair.

Patterns and Prints

Bring in natural fibres, textures, patterns and prints - with outdoor scenes: flowers, birds, animals, water. Use them on a cushion or upholstery and see the link intensify. Wicker, rattan, and jute are all materials inspired by nature. Choose these materials in your furniture for a comfortable oasis to relax.

Colours

Choose colour with the outdoors in mind. Earthy tones, blues, and greens - spring-like hues or the rich shades of summer - oranges, yellows, pinks, mauves - the intensity depends on how much of a particular colour you can live with. Blues are refreshing like water and the sky. Yellows evoke a sense of freshness, like the sun. Neutral tones such as whites, tans and beige's make your interiors feel natural and clean. Use these colours on your walls, window coverings, bedding, and decor.

So whether you choose to use one, two, or all the options mentioned above, allow Mother Nature to feel at home in your home.

Information provided by Fay V. Wint, Event Coordinator, HHG Magazine, 924-4985.

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