The best part about designing your own custom home is that you get to have a space that really reflects who you are. If you’re the type of person who loves nature, going on hikes, and enjoying the beauty of Ottawa’s outdoors, you may want to show that in your home! With most popular minimalist modern designs, you may have noticed a lack of plant life and greenery, but your home doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate nature into your home design to have a home that reflects the beauty and wilderness of the great outdoors.
An Indoor Herb Garden In The Kitchen
If you love nature and plants, you know that having plants in your home isn’t just scenic, but also very functional to a healthy life! To get the most out of your cooking, it’s important to use fresh ingredients, and what’s fresher than picking growing herbs right off the vine to add to your dish? A small hanging herb garden in the kitchen full of your very favourite herbs like mint, rosemary, basil, and thyme will not only look beautiful and organic but will help you make delicious meals for your family and your guests!
One of the most beautiful parts of nature is bright, natural sunlight. A great way to incorporate nature into your home’s design is to replicate the presence of unfiltered sunlight in your home with large, east-facing windows to allow the brightness of the sunrise through your home each morning. Not only will large windows help your indoor plants grow, but it’s also beneficial to you to absorb sunlight, especially during the winter months. Plus, with large you can look forward to seeing all that nature has to offer from the comfort of your home by watching deer, butterflies, and other creatures that are native to Ottawa through your large windows.
Painting your walls with earth tones such as forest green, rich browns, or warm reds is a great way to incorporate nature into the design of your home without being too overt. Earth tones on the walls, in the wood flooring, or even in your choice of furniture can subconsciously give yourself and your guests a feeling of relaxation as if you were in a beautiful natural space like a forest or a riverbank. For a nature-themed home, avoid unnatural colours like neons and instead try to go for rich, muted natural colours for both your walls and your furniture.
Showcase Your Natural Collection
When many of us go on a hike, go on vacation, or go on a memorable day trip, we bring back small souvenirs. Natural souvenirs can take many different forms, for example, if you travel to a tropical place for a vacation like Cuba, Florida, or Hawaii, you may bring back a small bottle of sand from the beach. Or, maybe you have a collection of rocks or crystals from your day-to-day life. Perhaps you’ve just taken hundreds of nature pictures. Regardless of how you take souvenirs from your adventures in nature, this is the time to display them to give your home a natural aesthetic, while also keeping things that bring you joy in your home.
Natural Wood Furniture
A current trend that is very conducive to a natural home design is the presence of natural wood furniture. Natural wood furniture can be found from different local artisans and artists who make beautiful, functional, and long-lasting wooden furniture that keeps the original integrity of the natural wood. Whether you choose to have natural wood shelves in the kitchen or a huge natural wood dining table, each piece is unique and beautiful, making the presence of natural wood a great talking point among guests, as well as an elegant way to incorporate the subtle beauty of nature into your home.
Use Natural Fabrics
Not only are natural fabrics beautiful, they’re also the warmest and most comfortable fabrics to have in your home! Many homeowners who wish to incorporate nature in their home designs, and those who wish to have long-lasting and durable sheets, blankets, and throws use natural fabrics in their homes. Natural fabrics like wool and cashmere make great textured throws, plus they’re very, very warm for the winter. Fabrics like silk, cotton, and linen are great for sleeping because they’re extremely breathable and soft on the skin. Incorporating nature into your home isn’t always necessarily about aesthetics, natural fabrics are extremely beneficial to your health and comfort as well!
Fabrics And Wallpaper With Tropical Patterns
Tropical plant prints are very popular right now, and they’re a great way to add nature into your home that may not be indigenous to your city or country. To have a bedspread, wallpaper, or curtains with tropical plants like monstera leaves can show tribute to a beautiful plant while also welcoming the warmth of the tropics into your home. While Canadian plants are beautiful, tropical plant prints like birds of paradise will give your home the feeling of warmth and comfort even in the darkest days of winter.
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