Outside In: Decorating Your Home To Reflect Nature
Maybe you have dreams of living at the beach in your retirement years. Maybe you would like a home in the mountains, where the landscape is lush and full of wildflowers. Or, maybe you love the serene vistas of the French countryside. Why wait until you can afford to relocate to experience these pleasurable environments every day? Bring your favorite scenes from outdoors inside when you choose artwork to decorate your home that reflects your love of nature.
Choose Artwork that Reflects Your Favorite Things
If you love the beach, choose paintings and photos that reflect those images. Even in abstract art, you can hang paintings that feature the colors of the beach, such as the deep blues and teal greens of the water, or the soft, muted tones of shells and sand. If you love the mountains, you might like images of babbling mountain streams and budding trees to fill your home with the fresh outdoors.
If downhill skiing is your passion, opt for wintry images of snow-covered hills, or cozy, little cottages in the woods that remind you of your favorite mountainside bed and breakfast. Many websites, like artismo.com, offer contemporary art for sale that features a natural scene with soft soothing colors.
Bring Harmony to Your Home
When your living environment reflects all things you love, it brings peace, happiness and harmony to your home. If you have traveled to exotic places, the beaches of the world, or ski resorts, you can bring home souvenirs of your excursions to remind you of that particular time and place in your life. Each time you look at an object d’art that you acquired on one of your trips, you will feel the emotions you felt when you were actually there. This can bring much happiness into your day and into your home.
Soothing Colors of Nature
When you want to create a sanctuary-like setting in your bedroom or meditation room, surrounding yourself with the colors of nature can help you relax. Some of the most calming colors that you can choose for artwork or even to paint your walls are blues and muted shades of greens and other earthy tones. Green, specifically, is a restorative color, bringing calm and healing energy into your home. When it comes to artwork, choose images of green plants or abstract images of flowing shapes in greens, blues and beiges.
In addition to choosing artwork and wall colors that reflect your favorite outdoor environment, you can also display natural elements such as flowers, branches and stones. Fill a large vase with dried branches and put it by a window. Set up a small, decorative fountain so you can listen to the soothing trickle of running water while you read. Fill a wide bowl with natural stones and place a candle in the center. All these things will function to bring nature inside your home and create a more peaceful indoor environment.
Human beings reap many benefits of being outside. When you are in an office all day, or inside your home during cold weather, it helps to bring that nature inside. Let your home reflect these images through artwork and décor, and you just might be amazed at how happy you feel, right now.
One of Melanie Fleury’s favorite places growing up was Wilmington, NC ,located less than a mile off the beach. Her favorite artwork often includes elements from that beach life, from the colors to the themes. A simple search of contemporary art for sale online can help you to find pictures that will transport you back to your happiest place or to extend that scene into your own home.
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