The benefits of surrounding yourself in nature shouldn’t be ignored, so much so that the act of surrounding yourself in nature has its own name; Biophilic Design. This is especially important in a time when we are all so consumed with our busy, stressful lives.
I know I feel my mind and body benefit from a long stomp in the woods or a windy walk on the beach but realistically most of us can’t do that daily.
One way of increasing your contact with a sense of nature is to bring natural materials into your home and reduce other man-made materials. Let’s face it, with the long nights setting in now is a good time to bring the outdoors in.
How do you bring nature into the home you may wonder! Well, it’s a lot easier than you may think and the benefits are endless.
There are simple things you can easily do, and it doesn’t need to cost the earth. Do you like the pun?!
Invite Plants into your Home
Start with bringing plants into your home. House plants can come in many forms. You may like a small trough filled with herbs in the kitchen. This will improve the air condition, your cooking will certainly benefit, herbs help to deter flies and spiders and herbs bring a sense of calm into the kitchen. There’s nothing better than watching as fresh sprigs grow on the mint or basil and the nurturing process of taking care of herbs is therapeutic.
Choose Reclaimed Furniture
There are so many benefits to using reclaimed materials for furniture for both the aesthetic and the ambience of your home.
Reclaimed furniture can come from materials such as railway sleepers, wooden pallets, old doors, furniture that is being restored or repurposed and many other sources. The options are limitless and depend only on resources, imagination and skilled craftsmanship.
One of the beauties of using reclaimed materials is the fact that as materials age they breathe a life of their own and bring a sense of tradition and restfulness.
Reduce Your Waste
Bringing natural materials into the home can happen in many ways. It may be that your start small and replace your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo one, use canvas shopping bags and store food in glass, rather than plastic, containers. When you think about becoming zero waste in one go it can all seem very daunting and overwhelming but by taking the challenge on gradually it is fun and becomes a hobby and really is a satisfying learning journey. You’ll be making your elder flower cordial (or gin) and growing veg in the garden before you know it!
Consider One Room at a Time
When you take the approach of tackling one room at a time, it is far less overwhelming.
Firstly, start with the bathroom, for example.
Do you really need hundreds of cotton buds, wet wipes and a million bottles of shampoo? No! Simply stop using cotton buds and wet wipes. You don’t need the buds at all and you can easily replace wet wipes with flannels or muslin squares. These can be homemade out of old cloths or bedsheets. Think about how much money you would save!
There’s a huge drive for reducing plastic waste so there are far more options for shampoo, conditioner and shower gel too. Replace your shampoo with a shampoo bar and revert to a trusty bar of soap. Again, think of the savings and imagine your clutter free bathroom!
The kitchen is another room in which natural materials can play a huge role. As already mentioned, bring herbs in. They’re not only delicious, fragrant, calming and practical but add an element of style too. Other options include stopping using cling film and plastic containers. Food stored in glass is better preserved and looks lovely on open shelving. This will also encourage you to be more conscious when shopping and choose healthier and probably more interesting ingredients in the first place.
Improve Natural Lighting
This one can be easily achieved on a small scale by making simple changes.
Ensure your windows are cleaned regularly to maximise natural sunlight.
Assess your window dressings to evaluate how much natural lighting is being blocked. Curtains can block as much as 45% of light from entering the room if they overhang the window. Blinds generally block less but it is surprising how common it is for blinds to be left closed or partially opened for long periods.
Remove ornaments from window sills.
Why not open the windows and let the breeze in? Whatever time of year fresh air should be brought into the home as regularly as possible. Too many of us reach for the air freshener to mask unpleasant odours and forget that we are simply adding a coat of chemicals to an already polluted atmosphere.
Reduce the Toxins and Chemicals in Your Home
Natural fabrics are desirable, fashionable and timeless. Why accept inferior quality duvet covers and throws if you don’t have to?
Linens and natural wools are far more effective at keeping you warm and comfortable than their synthetic equivalents. Natural bedding is soft, warm and cosy and lets your skin breath without irritating more sensitive skin. Natural fabrics tend to last much longer and when they have seen better days they can easily be repurposed as high-quality pet blankets or cleaning rags for your home that again will last much longer than cheap mass-produced alternatives.
These are some of the simple steps you can take to reduce the unnatural materials in your home and create a home that is welcoming, calming, beautiful and interesting to the eye.
Creating this effect doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it is usually a purse friendly option. You can find wicker baskets and glass bottles at car boot sales or auctions.
There are many options here at Casamo if you are interested in the reclaimed wood furniture style which is extremely strong, durable, practical and incredibly stylish.
Have a browse, you won’t be disappointed!
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