Minimalism and Scandi interior design have been a long-standing trend for the last few years. Scandi styles encourage homeowners to use plants and greenery for a fresh, calm atmosphere. In fact, humans are thought to have an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other life forms. This is called biophilia.
More than 90% of people imagine themselves in a natural setting when they want to be relaxed and calm. Nature makes us feel happy and tranquil. Incorporating plants into your home can improve your physical and mental health as well. As we spend more time at home, it’s more important than ever for homeowners to bring nature inside. Fresh flowers on your desk can improve your productivity levels and general wellbeing as well.
Here are a few ideas on bringing greenery into your home to create an aesthetic and peaceful space.
Use natural materials
Other natural materials, like wood and hemp, can help to elevate your space as well. Use reclaimed wood for your kitchen table and chairs or hemp for your bedsheets. Natural materials are environmentally friendly and often more withstanding than synthetic materials. Utilise the different textures and tones of raw materials to add character to your home. Natural materials can help you to feel connected with nature. If you are renovating a property, you could invest in a naturally sourced kitchen or furniture for your home.
Plants and flowers in your home can also help you experience the sensory variation of the natural environment daily. If you have small children at home, encourage them to smell and touch the plants to learn about nature.
Invest in greenery
Large leaf, green plants are popular at the moment with many coming with air purifying properties, such as the peace lily or weeping fig tree. The devils ivy is a great plant to invest in if you are new to house plants as it’s very tolerant and can adapt well in any light. However, greenery in the living room and kitchen isn’t always practical, especially if you have cats and dogs. Plants can get dragged over and spilt over your new cream rug. If this may happen to you try investing in a few windowsill succulents, they’re easy to look after and look great too!
Rattan furniture is popular at the moment
Rattan is the latest interior trend of 2021. Rattan is strong and durable, making it the perfect investment piece for any home. Its lightweight feel is also great for those moving in and out of rented properties. Try out a rattan bed frame for a natural Scandi vibe, or choose rattan garden furniture to stylise your outdoor space as well.
Use air plants
If you live in a smaller apartment, you probably don’t want to crowd the flooring with more items. It can be hard enough to cram your bed, sofa, table and chairs in the space. Air plants are brilliant for those who enjoy greenery but can’t accommodate substantial potted plants. Scatter a few air plants on your shelving or kitchen cabinets to add a bit of personality to any room.
Encourage the concept of biophilia in your home this year to encourage peace and relaxation.