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Bringing The Outside In

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.

succulents and cacti in a black square plant pot

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.

cactus inspired sofa in a stone marble interior
or maybe a cactus sofa?!

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:

amazonia wallpaper close up
close up of umage clava dine wooden slatted pendant lampshade with black fabric cable against black background
stag horn fern closeup against black background
fountain grass foliage close up

We love this Amazonia wallpaper by Mind The Gap and our faux foliage is a great way to bring the outside in. Natural wooden light shades pair really well with 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 into your own home. Adding green into a décor can create a really calming atmosphere. It’s good for the soul!

photo credit: Naomi Young (license) / Wicker Paradise (license)

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Written by: James

Some say he’s fearless, some say he’s a genius and we say he’s the creative brains of the company. James is the one who spends hours thinking about and researching the products you might need to add that perfect, just-so touch to your vintage industrial interior. Sometimes inspiration hits him so hard we struggle to keep up.

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