Your home should feel like a sanctuary where you can relax and unwind. However, it’s also a good idea to incorporate the outdoors. The benefits of fresh air and sunlight are hard to beat. The good news is you can design a home suited for the outdoors.
There are a few different ways to bring the outdoors inside your home. Here’s how to design your home with nature in mind.
1. Fill Your Home With Live Greenery
Houseplants are an excellent way to create a home that feels connected with nature.
Your plants don’t just have to hang in a window or sit in a planter. There are many creative ways to incorporate them into your home.
Living walls remain a popular home staple for nature lovers and include planting your greenery so it grows to cover an entire wall. Some homeowners use succulents, while others use mosses. It all depends on the look you want.
You can also create nature corners throughout your home with trees and other houseplants that filter the air and make your household feel more grounded and connected with the outdoors.
A miniature herb garden in your kitchen is a great way to grow food indoors, with many companies producing hydroponic planters that can sit on your countertop.
Plants may be the solution you’re looking for if you have a sunroom you don’t use much or have thought of building one without knowing its use. Sunroom windows can serve as a greenhouse and require little modification. You can grow any plants you desire that have high light requirements or need more space than traditional houseplants.
You can even build an indoor gardening box to grow food in the space.
2. Create a Seamless Transition Space
Many homes are designed with indoor and outdoor activities. Jungle gyms and swimming pools tend to go outside while watching television and eating a weekday dinner belong inside.
However, you don’t have to confine yourself in one location or another. There are many ways you can increase your flexibility to get more fresh air whenever you want.
One solution is to add an addition to your home that serves as a dedicated indoor/outdoor space. Think of a sunroom with patio doors or a new dining room with a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor dining spaces, using wall-length doors that open wide to easily move back and forth. You could even use the same flooring for each portion of the room for a truly cohesive experience.
You can accomplish this without building on by taking out an exterior wall and replacing it with patio doors and floor-length windows for a great view and easy access to the yard at any time. You can open the doors for kids and pets to run in and out easily.
3. Maximize Natural Light
One of the best ways to connect with the outdoors is by exposing yourself to natural light.
However, you’ve likely been cautioned against spending too much time in the sun. While it’s important to take precautions against any potential damage, you also receive physical and mental health benefits from natural sunlight.
Natural light can boost your mood, improve your sleep, help you focus on tasks and allow your body to better absorb vitamin D.
Aside from its health benefits, natural light is aesthetically pleasing and a great way to save on energy costs. There are several ways to incorporate more natural light into your home design.
Consider a skylight. Skylights make your home feel open without the risks of weather and wild animals entering your living space. They can give your household a great view of the sun, moon, clouds and sunsets, making them especially ideal for homes without much natural scenery surrounding them.
Another way to add natural light is by placing larger windows throughout your home. They are a great talking point that can provide great views of the surrounding area, light up your home without electricity and be the base for grand window treatments when you want more privacy.
You can even place smaller windows strategically to maximize the outdoor beauty you have around your home. Whether a nice skyline or beautiful willow, centering views within windows creates living art throughout your home while getting the benefits of those rays.
Designing a Home Suited for the Outdoors
Soaking in nature has many benefits, but it’s easy to feel disconnected from the outdoors when inside your home. Design your home with the natural world in mind and surround yourself with beauty all day.
Jack Shaw is a passionate writer and a lifelong lover of the outdoors. When he’s typing on his keyboard, you’ll find him lounging in a hammock enjoying some fresh air.