In recent years, we’ve increasingly come to view our gardens as an extension of our homes, and as a result lots of people now invest considerable time and money in cultivating their perfect garden as an extra entertaining space or somewhere they can simply relax amid the joys of nature. It’s a logical step, as having a green space of your own can really help improve your sense of wellbeing; the outdoors appeals to us and helps us to feel calm and refreshed. So, with gardens now a key feature which can significantly influence the value of our homes, it’s no wonder that many people are looking for home decoration ideas that allow them to appreciate the beauty of their gardens from the inside as well as the outside.
If you’re one of those people, here are some home decoration tips that can help you do just that:
1. Add bi-folding doors to the rear of your house so that when the weather permits you can open them completely and let the garden right into the room. Not just a summertime investment, they’ll also allow you to enjoy an unhampered view of the garden even on chillier days when you need to keep them closed.
2. A large feature mirror is the classic home decoration trick to bring the outside in, so that no matter where you are sitting you’ll always be able to catch a glimpse of your garden, and it’s a great way to create the illusion of extra space too.
3. Bring plants into your living spaceto soften and blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. This creates a nice, restful atmosphere within the home and also helps to give the impression of one large flowing space.
4. A large painting, print or a mural of an outdoor panoramabehind a sofa is a great home decoration featurewhen you want to create a big impact. Ideas for the view might include a tranquil woodland scene or a rope bridge over a green valley, but anything that evokes the essence of nature for you will do equally well.
5. Natural fibres, colours and textures in the home are a great way to echo the outdoors and help bring it indoors.Rattan and wicker furniture is the classic example, which is why it’s always such a popular choice for conservatories and sun rooms; solid wood occasional tablesadd a warm and natural touch; and when it comes to soft furnishings like scatter cushions, greens, browns and autumnal oranges and reds are the order of the day.
6. Natural rather than man-made flooring helps to create a cosy atmosphere and sense of unity with the outdoors into the home. Again, natural woods are a great choice, as are materials like jute and coconut for rugs.
7. It’s as much the fragrances of the outdoors as the sights and sounds which inspire and relax us, so bring woody or floral aromas into your home by usingpotpourri or scented candles and oils.
8. If you’re lucky enough to be able to pick flowers from your garden, display them in vases around the room to make a feature which is both attractive and fragrant. When you haven’t got flowers, you can use sculptural twigs and branches which you could even decorate with spray paint or pretty twinkling lights.
9. Choose soft furnishings like curtains and cushions which pick up on the motifs of nature, like pretty leaves and delicate floral designs.
10. Incorporate natural elements like pine cones, rocks, sand and shells into your home decoration to bring a touch of nature into your everyday life.