I used to manage garden centres in years gone by and we talked a lot about “bringing the outside in”. In fact, I still do talk about it a lot! It means to make your interior feel open, green and basically feel a little like you’re outside…but without getting rained on!
Bloggers and interiors magazines have been featuring lots of botanicals, plants and blooms lately. If you haven’t seen the great work of the Urban Jungle Bloggers definitely check them out. They run a monthly series featuring styling ideas, DIYs, and green tips & tricks.
It’s great if you’re lucky enough to have a lovely open-feeling home, maybe a large conservatory…glass extension, or maybe just big windows. Those factors obviously really help to make a house feel bright and sunny…just adding a few plants to an interior like that can bring the outside in.
However, you might not be that lucky and maybe your home is in need of some extra touches of green to add a more natural feel and achieve the look of bringing the outside in.
You can do as little or as much as you feel comfortable with – green is a great accent for pure white walls if you want to maintain a fairly minimal look…or you could add in lots of plants, prints and even go for wallpaper that has a botanical theme if you want to really go for a calming natural look.
Here’s a sample of the products we think help to bring the outside in:
(click on the image to see the Polyvore set with details of all the products shown)
We love Cole & Son’s leafy wallpaper and succulents are all the rage at the moment (Urban Outfitters have some great terrariums to house them). The lighting can make a big impact. Our green enamel pendant lights pair really well with plants and a botanical style décor:
…or you can go a little more minimal and use green fabric cable (maybe choosing a bright pop of green as an accent) with a bulb holder and a vintage style filament light bulb.
We hope that gives you some inspiration for bringing the outside in to your own home. Adding green into a décor can create a real calming atmosphere. It’s good for the soul!