Bring the Outdoors In With These Decorating Tips

With summer here, it can be tough to leave the great outdoors at the end of the day. Luckily, there are ways to make your inside spaces feel just as awesome as your outside ones do.

Here are 5 ways to bring the outdoors in.

 

1. Find the right color palette

Interior view of Windsor Court. A Portland, OR residence remodeled by Jessica HelgersonCertain colors don’t exactly scream nature—take neons, for example. White, on the other hand, is the perfect place to start building your outdoorsy color palette.

From there, you can start playing with various shades of tan, brown, blue, and green to find a combination that works for you.

2. Stick to natural flooring

Sure carpet feels nice, and tile is easy to care for, but if your main goal is to keep your space feeling grounded, you’re going to want to stay as natural as possible, and that probably means hardwood.

Looking for something a little different? Bamboo, cork, and reclaimed wood all offer different textures and appearances.

3. Use natural decorating elements

Recycled-glass-vasesSometimes bringing the outside in does actually entail, well, bringing the outside in. Driftwood, interesting rocks, and all sorts of plants and clippings can make for interesting design elements. Even nature-inspired prints and pictures can do the job.

Of course, you don’t have to be quite so literal. If distressed is your style, furniture with worn corners and artfully scuffed paint can make your room feel more rustic and grounded, minus the pile of pretty rocks in the corner.

4. Let the light in

One key to making your indoor space feel as open as the great outdoors is to fill it with as much natural light as possible. That can mean anything from pulling back the curtains to trimming the overgrown tree right outside your window.

Even if your rooms tend to be smaller or darker, you can still do a few things to make them feel airier. Mirrors reflect light and can open up a space visually, and white and other light paint colors brighten up a room instantly.

5. Consider a green wall or vertical garden

vetical plantPotted plants are all well and good, but if you don’t have a lot of room (or you’ve already reached your houseplant quota), you can always start hanging plants on the wall like art. Succulents are good choice for their shallow root systems and minimal water needs, but herbs are popular in kitchens.

Keep in mind that they can be quite heavy, and that, depending on size and plant type, they may require a special watering set up.

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