WITH the cold weather approaching, we’re spending less and less time outside.
And while there’s something cosy about curling up on the couch beside an open fire or with the heating cranked up, cabin fever really can set in during those long winter months. The perfect compromise? Bring the outside, inside!
Metricon Homes’ Regional Manager, Gippsland, Jeff Telford, says the outdoors has a natural appeal for people.
“Spending time outside whether at the beach, hiking, or even at your local park, makes us feel refreshed and calm. For many people, one of the biggest benefits of living regionally is being able to take advantage of the outdoors.
“The revitalisation we get from nature is still important during the winter months even though it’s more difficult to spend time outside.
“So, why not emulate the outdoors in your home using just a few simple techniques and tricks?
“Plants are probably the first thing that come to mind when you’re thinking of freshening up your home, and they are certainly a great option to replicate the outdoors,” Telford explains.
“There are endless choices from the on-trend hanging basket to a large indoor palm, and even a faux plant can refresh a space. But there are so many other ways to truly bring that outdoors feel in your home.”
Here is Metricon’s simple guide to bringing the outside, indoors.
Materials – through your décor and soft furnishings, make the most of natural fibres and materials. Rattan, wicker and jute are all good options for your baskets, rugs and lampshades, and will create instant ambiance.
Flooring – opt for natural flooring, instead of man-made. There are some great Australian timbers such as Tasmanian Oak or Spotted Gum, but any wood, cork or bamboo flooring will feel warm and natural underfoot.
Colour – using earthy tones throughout your home can make it feel more connected to the landscape. Choose neutral tones such as beiges, browns and greys as a base colour, and then weave various shades of green and ocean or sky blues throughout, in items such as cushions or artwork. You can even add a peppering of gold or yellow, to represent the sun.
Scent – whenever the weather permits it, open the windows and let in some fresh air. Otherwise, incense, diffusers, potpourri or scented candles can bring the floral, beachy or woodsy scents of the outdoors right into your home.
Bringing the outside, inside