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Bring the Outdoors Inside

by: by Garn Todd Joseph & Kermecia Matthew Harris Marketing Officers for the Millenia Group of Companies - October 12, 2016
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Photo credit: Decoracion.IN

Photo credit: Decoracion.IN

by Garn Todd Joseph & Kermecia Matthew Harris
Marketing Officers for the Millenia Group of Companies

Experiencing nature and the wonder of the outdoors provide a feeling of peace and serenity not often found within the home. The sky, earth, water, and all the other elements found outdoors make us feel refreshed, calm, and one with the natural environment. If you are a lover of nature you have probably asked yourself, how can I bring this feeling into my home? Incorporating one or more of these tips in your home will help bring the feeling of the outdoors inside.

Use Natural Fibers, Textures and Patterns:
Choosing materials such as wicker, rattan, hemp, and jute that are greatly inspired by nature for your furniture, will certainly give the feel of nature. Include baskets and other weaved items for your furniture and decor to enhance the feeling. Rugs, upholstery and even wallpaper with floral or plant design can also be included.

Use colors that are inspired by the outdoors:
The colors brown and green remind us of the earth and plants. Blue reminds us of the refreshing waters that flow and the sky. Yellow gives a sense of freshness and reminds us of the sun. Colors such as white, tan and beige makes the interiors feel natural and clean. Use these colors on your walls, bedding, furniture and decor to set the tone of the outdoors indoor.

Use flooring made out of natural materials:
By using natural flooring materials such as wood, cork and bamboo in your home, your body will embrace the appeal of the organic elements rather than the cold man-made materials designed to resemble the natural ones. These natural flooring materials have unique textures that allow them to make you feel closer to nature. It is best if the floors contrast with the walls or their surroundings to ensure that it stands out.

Use nature in your decor:
Rocks, sea shells, jars of beach sand, and wood, are all elements that you can incorporate in your home to bring the outdoors in. If you find anything outside that you love, bring it home with you and use it to decorate the rooms. Once, a friend of mine was walking under the Canefield cliff and found a piece of cut tree, she took it home treated and stained it; it fitted so well inside her living room.

Use natural light:
Allow natural light to come into your home daily. Rather than using thick drapery for your curtains, use lighter fabrics. Maximize light in dark areas by placing mirrors and other reflective surfaces across from windows. A great idea you can consider is adding a skylight to your home design to make the best of sunlight and nightlight. The photo below of this home in Pond Casse, Dominica, we listed for sale last year has a good example.


Use Plants:
You could have probably guessed that plants would be on this list. What is better than having actual plants within your home to make you feel like you are outdoors? The most common way of including plants is by using potted plants and fresh flowers. Another option is to include plants with lots of climbing vines and allow them to climb their way across your home. If you cannot handle the occasional cleanup of fallen leaves, have windows built facing trees to give the impression that they are inside.

Bringing the outdoors inside? Share your experience with us!