When trying to make a home feel more natural, the three most important things you want to focus on are: space, light, and air. Adding more plants or buying the right decorations are certainly helpful but if your room is dark, stuffy, or cluttered, they can only go so far. Below are ten ways you can bring a natural feel to your home.
- Maximize Sunlight
There are several ways to maximize sunlight in a room. One is by swapping out blinds or thick curtains for light drapery. White or beige draperies work best because they are translucent and will make your windows look wider. The second way you can add more light is by placing mirrors where sunlight hits the room. You can even make your own sun mirror.
“Hang lots of mirrors in all sorts of places. They add dimension, shine, and interest to any spot… even outdoor spaces!” says interior designer Fatima De la Torre.
- Get the Lighting Right
If your home doesn’t receive a lot of natural lighting, consider adding more room lights. The space in your home where you spend the most time should have an ample amount of lighting. Lamps with multiple heads are especially useful because they allow you to customize the amount of light in your room. For a natural feel, pick yellow lights over white lights because they look warmer like sunlight.
- Add Natural Colors
When shopping for decor, linens or furniture, think of the colors you see in your favorite natural environment. If you love the beach, pick shades of beige, white, and blue. If you love the woods, pick rich browns, serene greens, and balance it out with white. If you like the desert, pick out bright yellows, soft oranges or cacti greens. You want your decor to match the environment that brings you the most peace.
- Rearrange Furniture
Do you have bulky furniture near your windows? Try placing them elsewhere or putting lamps near them because they can cast shadows and take away light. Next, notice the direction that your furniture is facing. If they are all facing different directions, it can look busy and chaotic. Instead, try to arrange them so they are all facing a focal point in the room, like the coffee table or the TV. This will create a more fluid and harmonious feel in the space.
- Declutter and Organize
Take a look around your home and see if you have a lot of random objects lying around. Use bowls and glass jars to organize smaller accessories. For bigger items, use straw baskets or fabric bins that can be tucked away. Not only will this help you stay organized, but the materials of these containers will give off a natural feel as well.
- Allow as Much Air in as Possible
In our modern world of heating and air-conditioning, many people tend to forget to open their windows. Even if it’s very cold where you live, leaving a crack open can make a difference in the air in your home. You may not realize it but every time you cook, use a spray, or turn on the heat, the air in your house gets polluted with chemicals. Opening the windows will filter out stale air and let fresh air in.
- Use Essential Oils for Fragrance
In addition to candles, you can also use essential oils to add fragrance to your home. Not only are they safer for the body than chemical sprays but they are also better for the environment. You can use them with an aroma diffuser (which also acts as a humidifier), make your own spray or even refill a used plug-in air freshener.
- Bring in Nature
On top of plants, you can also bring in seashells, tree branches, pebbles, dried squashes, dried flowers and so much more into your home. If you put a plant next to your TV or laptop, it will instantly make space feel more natural. Place nature in spaces where you normally wouldn’t have nature like your bathroom or book shelf. You can also swap them out seasonally to give your home an update.
If you have dark walls or chipping paint, consider repainting your room a neutral color. It will brighten up the entire room and relax the eyes. A neutral backdrop will also allow you to decorate without worrying about colors clashing. Another great way to use paint is to use it to update old furniture.
- Reduce Waste
Creating a natural feel at home isn’t always about what you can bring home, it’s also about what you can take out. One way to do this is to try to reduce waste at home. For example, you can use a tote bag when you go shopping instead of using plastic bags or use hand towels instead of paper towels. There are many ways you can help the environment every day in your own home and that is the ultimate way to achieve a natural feel.