Gardens and the outdoors aren’t only a terrific approach to interior design, they also — literally — make you feel better. Plants produce oxygen, and that’s something everyone can benefit from … especially if you live in a condo in the city.
However, no matter what your home situation, bringing the outdoors in and vice versa is an affordable, healthy, and wonderfully green approach to improving your home. How do you get started, and what tools will you need?
There are many ways to live in a garden, though some are easier than others. Start with the simplest approach and take it from there. The most important tool in your arsenal is commitment to caring for your plants. If you consider yourself a black thumb, there are easy options that don’t guzzle water like it’s going out of style. So let’s look at six simple tips:
1. Potted plants
Don’t think you have an eye for interior design? Some potted plants are foolproof, never go out of style, and will instantly add warmth to your home. You can pick up unique pots at thrift stores, or stick with the standard red style.
You can decorate them yourself, let your kids do the work, or keep them as-is for a Zen approach. Choose local plants, place them where they get their needed sun (or not), and choose perennials so you won’t have to replace them on a regular basis.
2. Hang a hammock
If you already have a lush yard, encourage yourself and your family to spend more time there by hanging a hammock. For an authentic experience, purchase one from Costa Rica, Hawaii, or another tropical location.
They’re safe, easy to hang, and almost beg for regular afternoon naps. If you live in an area that has mosquitoes, add netting around the hammock for worry-free snoozing.
3. Outdoor patio furniture
An outdoor set can be as expensive or as affordable as you like. The key here is comfort, because you want to tempt people into spending more time outdoors.
Sometimes, price equates to quality (and a longer life), so consider your likely usage and weather conditions. Always clean and store patio furniture if you live somewhere with harsh winters. A chair or two with cushions is all you really need.
4. Veggie gardens
Whether you plan a garden in your backyard or opt for an indoor boxed herb garden, both of these options help you get back to nature. There’s nothing as rewarding as cooking up a meal using ingredients from your own yard.
If space is an issue, you can grow herbs like rosemary and mint in your kitchen. It’s also a great way to teach kids about where their food comes from.
5. The greenhouse effect
If you really want to go all the way, a greenhouse is more affordable to install than you might think. There are many options to choose from and a variety of sizes. You don’t have to have a massive backyard to reap the benefits. Working in a greenhouse lets you enjoy your plants and veggies year-round so you’re not as tied to the seasons.
6. Build a treehouse
There are some incredible resorts around the world built right into the trees. You don’t have to go that extreme, but building a treehouse (or commissioning a pro to do it) is a tradition almost everyone can enjoy.
You can make yours for the kids or for adults. How about a picnic in the sky, or a slumber party amidst the branches?
Getting back to nature is increasing in popularity, and many interior design experts have declared that it’s here to stay. If you want some help greening up your life, rural development companies can help.