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January 19, 2016

How to Bring the Outdoors Indoors

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If you’re anything like me, I cannot get enough of the sounds, feels, and textures of the outdoors (especially in the middle of winter). With new developments in textiles, there’s now no reason why we can’t enjoy all the benefits of nature IN our home year-round.

Natural wood flooring- Installing natural wood flooring is not only a timeless look, but the softness and warmth makes it much more comfortable than tile floors. Although more expensive than carpet, hardwood floors are classic and will add more value to the home compared to the other flooring options. If you decide to go with a laminate style of wood, make sure to get the highest MM (millimeter) of wood that you can afford– the higher the number, the more natural the floor will feel and sound. Try bamboo for an extremely resilient floor that is also eco-friendly.

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Use outdoor colors- Nature has created the perfect color pallet and it is within those color combinations that you can choose a great combination of attractive options.

  • Greens are wonderful as a way to bring the eye to a certain area of the room
  • Blues are calming and remind you of the beach and sky
  • Yellows can give a pop of color to a drab corner

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Maximize natural light- Today’s buyers have found the light…When I walk through houses with buyers, it is often the first thing they comment on– the amount of light in the common areas. While adding windows might not be an option, there are a few things you can do to increase the amount of light in a room:

  1. Ditch the heavy curtains– Shear curtains should provide enough privacy as well as letting the natural light shine through.
  2. If you want a bit more privacy than a shear curtain provides, invest in white wide plank blinds. They are inexpensive and easy to install.
  3. Install mirrors to bounce the light around. Adding a large mirror not only makes a small room look larger, it also will increase the amount of light in the room.

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Use natural fiber furniture- Rattan, wicker, or even hemp fabrics give the room a grounded feel

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Decorate with natural elements- Why not literally bring the outdoors in. Try integrating a few of these natural elements into your home:

  • Rocks and pebbles
  • Dried leafs and flowers
  • Branches
  • Shells
  • House plants (fake or alive)
  • Nature inspired artwork
  • Natural Motifs

Connect all the senses- Now is the time to bring it all together with the last ingredient: outdoor smell. There are some great candles and incense that accentuate certain natural smells. I just caution you to use smells judiciously– no one wants to spend time having their olfactory attacked with overwhelming scents.

 

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Source: How to Bring the Outdoors Indoors

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