Last updated on December 27th, 2017 at 04:33 am
It’s common knowledge that spending time in nature can be very therapeutic. Long walks in the woods, days spent at a sunny beach, and getting your hands dirty while gardening are all effective ways to alleviate stress. However, not many of us can spend as much time outdoors as we would like, so why not bring the outdoors indoors? Decorating your house with elements from nature can create a soothing ambience, as well as make your home look beautiful and unique. Try these five natural materials in your décor:
- Pine cones
are actually very sculptural. Take some time to study one and see that they’re really quite beautiful. They look gorgeous piled within a rustic wire basket. Or, adorn an inexpensive grapevine wreath from the craft store with pine cones, along with burlap ribbon and pine sprigs. Depending on where you live, there might be an endless supply of free pine cones. Ask your kids to gather some right from your backyard!Five Ways to Decorate with Elements from Nature | #home #decor Click To Tweet
Wood is warm and inviting and comes in many forms. Cover your walls in bead board, wainscoting, or ship lap, and you instantly create a more charming atmosphere in your home. Replace carpet with wood floors, and add beams to the ceiling, and you’ll be surrounded on all sides with this versatile material. Unpainted or stained wooden furniture and cabinets complete the wood décor theme. Finally, you could display twigs from a variety of tree species in an antique vase or old stone jug. The possibilities are endless.
- Sea shells
Each time you visit the beach, make sure you collect shells from the sandy shore. Shells come in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes. Place them in a primitive wooden dough bowl to make a delightful centerpiece for your dining room table. Or, use larger shells, such as conches, as bookends or planters. Besides seashells, festoon your home with beach glass, starfish, and sand dollars if you’re lucky enough to discover them on your treasure hunt.
This one seems obvious. Who doesn’t already have houseplants scattered around their house? Not only do plants improve the air quality of your home, but having fresh greenery throughout your home can conjure a relaxing and serene environment. Aside from houseplants or fresh flowers, consider dried flowers, succulents, terrariums, fairy gardens, and air plants. Just be sure to keep them out of the reach of small children and pets.
Many people already decorate with stone without realizing it. Granite counter tops, marble tile, and soapstone hearths are popular modern amenities. Beyond those, pewter bowls filled with river rocks, or stacked stone fireplace surrounds are other ways to incorporate this natural material into your house.
Any of these elements of nature can be found in stores, but they’ll all have greater meaning if collected yourself while out and about in nature. Another fun idea is to have relatives and friends from different parts of the country, or even the world, send these objects to you from their native area. Incorporate all of these free and readily available items into your décor to generate a peaceful and enchanting living space for you and your family to enjoy.
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