Bringing the Outside in: 5 Design Ideas

Being closer to nature can provide numerous health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and improving mental health. So how about introducing some of these relatively small changes into your home?

1 | House Plants

Placing a few plants around your home is one of the most

simple ways to make you feel more linked to the outside world.

Beginners can choose easy-care varieties such as Peace Lilies, Yuccas, Spider Plants and Christmas Cacti, or the more green fingered could try creating their own terrarium display. Television presenter and Kew Gardens trained Botanist James Wong, has a great Instagram page (@botanygeek) which showcases many of his amazing experimental creations.

2 | Natural Materials

Replacing any synthetic materials with natural ones creates a much more tactile environment and can massively reduce the amount of clutter that you have lying around by forcing you to have a big clear out, which can do wonders for lowering your stress levels. Try just getting rid of single-use plastic as a start and then gradually purge the rest of the house.

Plastic bottles in the bathroom can be swapped for solid shampoo and conditioner, and it is even possible to purchase packaging free make up and deodorant. Cleaning products can be made easily and cheaply at home, and stashes of plastic bags can be recycled and replaced with cotton ones.

Donate the bulk of your wardrobe to charity (or try selling more expensive pieces on Ebay or Facebook Marketplace etc) and create a much simpler capsule wardrobe.

3 | Bifold