There’s something about the outdoors that make us feel calm, refreshed at at one with nature. So why not bring that sense of freedom to your indoors too?
If you don’t have a garden, have a small outdoor space or just want to bring some freshness to your home, here are some great tips on how to bring the outdoors into your home.
Make the most of your balcony or outdoor space
Just because your outdoor space is small, doesn’t mean it can’t be your own little piece of paradise! Here are some of the ways to make the most of your balcony or outdoor space.
Plants and flowers
There’s no reason why you can’t still be a budding gardener on your balcony. Plant some of your favourite flowers and invest in a balcony gardening tool kit to help.
Add a small table and chairs
Place a small table and chairs in your outdoors to create somewhere to sit and enjoy the fresh air. To save space go for folding chairs or a mat and some outdoor cushions.
Light it up
Use fairy lights or solar-powered lighting to light up your outdoor space. It will provide a peaceful and relaxing vibe where you can chill out and enjoy the peaceful outdoors.
Invest in houseplants
You don’t need a garden to enjoy gardening, you can do it in your home! Houseplants not only look great, but they have also been proven to clean the air in your home and even lift your spirits. Here are some of the best houseplants for your home:
If you’re new to house plants, this is the one for you! It’s super low maintenance and filters out nasty chemicals from your home, leaving you to breathe easy.
If you live a busy lifestyle, the Dracaena is perfect. It adapts easily to different light environments, freshens the air and only needs watering when the soil feels dry.
Peace Lily – When you get the hang of houseplants, invest in a Peace Lily. It requires a bit more attention, but produces oxygen at night so is great to have in your bedroom to purify your air.
Create a living wall
Living walls are a great way to bring the outdoors in and save space too! They can be fitted easily to any solid area and can be as small or a big as you like. Just be prepared to look after it as you would a normal garden.
Use outdoor furniture
Just because it’s labelled for the outdoors, doesn’t mean you have to stick to it! Rattan furniture and accessories are associated with the outdoors so add some signature pieces to your home and feel like you’re in the middle of nature.
Use bright outdoor colours
As well as bringing in the furniture you can bring in the colours too! Experiment with greens to remind us of the earth, grass and plants, blue for refreshing water and sky and yellows to evoke a bright sense of sunshine and fresh flowers. Neutral tones such as white and beige can also bring a feel of nature too!
Host an indoor picnic
Picnics don’t have to be something just for the outdoors! Why not get all your favourite food together, lay down a blanket and enjoy. If you don’t have a garden or it’s a rainy day, this is the perfect treat for everyone to enjoy.
Go camping (indoors)
A whole new twist on the word glamping! Bring your tent indoors, turn on some fairy lights and have a family sleepover. You get the camping experience while benefiting from electric, warm food and an indoor toilet. What’s not to love!
Recreate bird song
There’s something about birds singing that makes us feel close to nature and all the stresses seem to float away. You can achieve the same thing in your home by putting on a bird song soundtrack, closing your eyes and escaping to anywhere you want to be. It’s a great way to relax.
Grow your own herbs
You don’t need a garden to grow your own herbs! Growing them indoors will not only provide herbs at your fingertips but also fill your home with fresh fragrance and greenery. Here are some of the best herbs to grow indoors:
A must-have herb for all sorts of dishes, basil is easy to grow indoors. Basil plants love heat and bright light so place them in front of windows to give your home a fresh look!
Oregano is a must for many sauces, meat, casseroles, soups and stews. As long as you supply moderate light and water it once the surface of the soil is dry, it will grow well in your home.
Thyme is extremely versatile and is a key ingredient for many cuisines around the world. It’s easy to grow and its tiny leaves and trailing stems give it natural houseplant appeal too!
Make egg cress
Something to keep the kids busy! Egg cress is a great way to introduce them to growing food from seeds and they can have lots of fun with it too. Here’s a great guide of how to grow your own egg cress heads from Blissful Domestication blog.