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If you’re an avid hiker, or even if you just appreciate the beauty that nature has to offer, being stuck inside can really dampen your spirits. If you can’t get out and explore the world around you, try one (or more!) of these 4 easy ways to bring nature indoors and fill your home with things that make you happy.
Stock your home with house plants
Have you ever walked into someone’s home and it’s just bursting with green life? It feels more vibrant, airy, and clean than you otherwise would have thought. Not only can house plants bring a little outdoor peace into your home, there are also multiple studies showing having houseplants can boost your mood, reduce your stress, and clean your indoor air.
So which house plants are right for your home? The Snake Plant, Dracena, and Spider Plant are all great indoor plants that will help purify the air you breath and leave your space feeling fresh. You can check out a more detailed list here.
If you want to add a little fun in with your decorating check out these macrame plant hangers.
Make your own indoor terrarium
If you’re feeling crafty and want to design a unique plant feature for your home, try making your own indoor terrarium. Terrariums make great coffee table or windowsill fixtures, and when you create them yourself you can choose your own colors and layout that most complements your home.
What will you need? You’ll need a glass container, soil, pebbles or stones, and an assortment of smaller plants. When picking out which plants you’d like to feature, check out succulents, cacti, or mini plants you can find online through sellers like Etsy or your neighborhood garden store.
Check out this comprehensive guide to making your own terrarium here for more details.
Use earth tones when decorating your home
Using earth tones in your home doesn’t have to mean plastering every wall a vibrant green (but it can if that’s what brings you peace!). Decorating with subtle tones such as forest green, cream, and tan are popular choices amongst home decorators as these colors can contribute to light, fresh feelings in almost anyone home.
Earth tones combined with potted plants or terrariums above can help you create a peaceful, zen space for your living room or even just a small meditative room in your home. If you are looking for some inspiration, check out this list of rooms decorated with earth tones here.
Open your windows (when you can!)
Depending on where you live and what your weather is like, opening your windows may be a great option to bringing nature indoors. Make sure you have screens to prevent bugs from coming in with the sunshine. Not only does opening windows in your home help connect you with nature, it also helps clear your home of indoor pollutants. Letting the sounds of birds chirping or rain falling is sold on meditative tapes for a reason. The gentle sounds can help clear your mind and feel more at peace.
When you’re able to explore
Once you’re able to get out and explore, check out your neighborhood walking trails or get adventurous and head to beautiful national parks like Smoky Mountains National Park or Acadia National Park. Just getting outside will get you fresh air and clear your mind!