Now that the warmer days of spring and summer have arrived, it’s only natural to want to spend more time outdoors. However, why limit your enjoyment of nature to only those times when you are outside of your home? Instead, why not look for ways to bring a bit of the outdoors inside? By using a bit of creativity, it’s possible to make many outdoor decorating ideas do double-duty inside your home. If you’re looking for a way to make outdoor decorating motifs work equally well indoors, here are some ideas you’ll want to try.
Create a Cozy Retreat
If you’ve always wanted a place where you could go in order to rest, relax and rejuvenate, your home’s outdoor environment might be just the right place. Many people find that by surrounding themselves with nature, it’s easier to leave the stress and worry of their everyday lives behind them – at least for a little while. However, creating a retreat outdoors can sometimes be problematic, especially for those who live in an area that experiences cold winters or frequent inclement weather. If you crave the beauty of nature but prefer to stay indoors, why not use an indoor patio or garden room to create your own personal retreat space?
Planning a retreat area really doesn’t require a great deal of time, effort, or even money. In fact, you may already have everything you’ll need. A comfortable place to sit, a source of light, and some basic amenities that support activities that you find to be relaxing are all you really need. To enhance the illusion of being outdoors, it can be fun to use patio furniture and other outdoor accents to create a look that’s “almost” outdoors. If desired, you can also add a few decorative touches to make your retreat area a bit more appealing. For example, nature-themed metal wall art or a few live plants can be used to add some decorative appeal.
Indoor Picnic Area
Cooking and dining outdoors is part of the summer experience for many individuals. However, cold weather, rain and other outdoor obstacles can often make it difficult to enjoy outdoor living whenever the mood strikes. Instead, why not create an indoor picnic area that can be enjoyed year-round? All you’ll need is a patio or picnic table, and an area to create your indoor “outdoor” environment. A corner of your basement, garden room, indoor patio or breezeway could be just the place to create a picnic-like dining area.
Decorative Looks that Work Year-Round
If you enjoy updating your home’s decor as the seasons change, it can be nice to include a few outdoor touches year-round. For example, you might want to add some natural decorating materials such as flowers, plants, pinecones, or seashells. Even if you add only a few small touches, your home will have the subtle atmosphere of the great outdoors. You could also choose to “go bold” with your outdoor decorating scheme by using wind chimes, trellises, outdoor flower pots, fencing sections, or other outdoor decorating materials in interesting new ways indoors.
Professional designer Jessica Ackerman, writes for WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, and specializes in decorating with contemporary metal wall art.