Easy ways to bring the outside in this summer

Do you love to be in nature? In an ideal world you would soak up the sun outside all day long, but you spend most of the time inside on your laptop or phone. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could bring the outdoors in? If you are a true city person, with a cozy (read: small) apartment in the middle of the concrete jungle, it is possible to enjoy the elements of nature in your home. Here we reveal tips and tricks that will help you bring the outside in. 

 

The colours of nature

An easy way to surround yourself with nature and feeling its presence around you at home, is to paint your walls. To give your home a natural vibe, try earthy colours. Green hues remind us of the earth, grass and plants. Blues are refreshing like the water and sky. Ochre evokes a sense of freshness, like the sun and spring flowers in bloom, while neutral tones such as whites, tans and beige make your interiors feel natural and clean.

 

Want to try something special, something slightly romantic? Then take up your brush and decorate your walls with perracotta. This combination of pink and terracotta reminds us of a beautiful bright sunset – which technically makes it a natural colour. In combination with dark blue or dark green, perracotta has a very classy and sophisticated look. Do you want the pink to stand out even more? Then combine perracotta with shades of grey. Your unique wall will become a true eye catcher in combination with grey accessories.

 

Want to create a truly natural feel on your walls? Try a limewash paint technique that shows off the brushstrokes and looks a little like raw plaster. It’s a big interiors trend for 2021. You can see how to do the limewash technique here.

Think outside the (flower)box

Want to bring out your inner Mowgli? Then decorate every room with flowers. Not only do indoor flowers add more colour, as well as greenery, to your home, but they also blend the indoors and outdoors, making you feel more connected to nature. How about planting your flowers in a vintage toolbox for an industrial look? Or in an enamel metal pot for something more countryside chic?

 

You can’t keep any plant alive for at least a week? Don’t worry, you don't need green fingers to fill your home with lush leaves. Dried flowers look just as lovely as living ones, as do plastic ones (honestly, spend your money wisely and they’ll fool any house guests into thinking they’re real)—and since they won't need sunlight, you can put the flower box anywhere.

 

And you don’t just have to stop at flowers. By decorating your home with all kinds of plants, from large tropical plants to small succulents, you literally bring nature inside. Use the same pots everywhere or create an eclectic look by choosing different pot for each plant. Use hanging baskets on the wall or simply place a low planter in the middle of your dining table. And did you know that there are certain plants that really thrive in humid areas, such as your bathroom? Like air plants and watermelon peperomia.

 

For a more subtle botanical touch, you can also dry beautiful leaves and put them in a frame. A true eye catcher on your wall or on your desk!

 

Natural materials

Another strategy for bringing the outside in is to use natural materials such as stone or wood, which are normally found outdoors. Make a true statement with a stone washbasin in the bathroom or use subtle accessories like a bohemian bamboo lamp. Of course, you can get your natural materials online or in stores, but you can also collect them during a hike. Did you find a beautiful stone, pinecone, shell or branch? Bring it home with you and use it for decoration. These little finds make great accent details, combine with a few more suggestive elements like hanging planters or fresh flowers in vases.

 

Want to take it to the next level with a radical change? Then replace your floor with materials such as cork or wood. Because of the unique textures it allows them to make you feel closer to nature. This detail is more noticeable and prominent if the floors contrast with the walls.

 

Another trend to make nature part of your home’s interior décor, is the use of rattan furniture. Create a cozy little corner with a rattan chair that takes you back to beautiful getaways in the middle of the nature you adore.

 

Fabrics can also play a huge part in creating a natural, outdoorsy feel to your home. Look to jute rugs and linen bedding, as well as scatter cushion and throws in natural tones.

Use outdoorsy scents

Mist a floral or green scent, close your eyes and pretend that you are hiking through a beautiful field full of fresh flowers. This vision instantly boosts your mood, right? This is because a fragrance can bring memories to life and creates a certain atmosphere. Discover our wide collection of home fragrances and entice your senses with outdoorsy aromas. Want to capture spring in every room? Our fragrance sticks from The Ritual of Sakura contain cherry blossom and will fill your home with a delightful sweet and creamy aroma.

 

Are you searching for a calming scent that fits into your ‘nature theme’? Then try The Ritual of Jing scented candle. Enhanced with the floral and warming aromas of sacred lotus and jujube, it's incredibly calming. Extra bonus: the green packaging is a natural and stylish look for your home.

 

Since summer is around the corner, we can imagine that you’re feeling energised. Use The Ritual of Mehr Parfum d’Interieur with cedar wood, sweet orange and a touch of warming spices to instantly create a warm and uplifted ambiance in your home. Go find yourself a comfortable seat in your rattan chair, inhale deeply and enjoy the scents of nature.

 

Anouk Ballering

Anouk Ballering

Anouk Ballering is a storyteller at heart with 5 years of experience in PR. By creating stories and activations that are relatable and relevant she has revealed the soul of luxurious lifestyle brands including the W Hotel, VICE, de Bijenkorf and Timberland. When she is not doing HIIT or Rocycle, you can find her on a yoga mat. She is passionate about yoga and living mindfully, because she believes that we all need some well-deserved balance in our lives to be the best version of ourselves.