We always talk about bringing the outside in, not only to add a soulful decorative edge to our room designs but because, simply put, plants make us happier. Some are ideal to clean indoor air, especially good through winter when we open our windows less, some add a pop of natural colour to schemes that are neutral and need a lift, and some simply soften rooms that have less texture, like kitchens and bathrooms. If you are not particularly green thumbed like me, you will be relieved to hear that Indoor plants are not the only way to bring the outside inside, take a look a few ideas we have.

Nothing beats nature for colour inspiration and with so many wallpapers and fabrics on offer now that harness these designs, you are spoilt for choice. Shades of green foliage, blues and coral pinks are a pretty way to begin decorating trickier areas of the house, like staircases, landings and guest bathrooms.

You don’t need to stick with wallpaper and imagery to re-create this mood but use colour and texture inspired by nature. This can also take on a masculine edge if you focus on chalkier colours using the blue green palate, bringing stylised designs of nature into the room detailing only.

 

Make the most of the views you do have by hanging curtains and blinds as high up above the window as possible and stack to the sides. You might try losing the window treatments you do have on the windows that don’t need them for privacy or light, maximising the light and the view.

Natural materials for example wood and rattan, are warm to touch and instantly add texture to a scheme. This is why we often see wood in kitchens and dining rooms that have otherwise shinier and colder finishes to them. Floors are one of the biggest surfaces in the home and so choosing wood will automatically bring this element in before you begin furnishing the space. It is warm to walk on, has different hues rather than a solid block of colour and will wear over time which will only add more character to the space.

Taline & Victoria

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