Numerous research studies have shown that being in nature and looking at nature decreases stress, elevates mood, lowers blood pressure, and generally has a positive effect on human beings. That being said, it’s too bad that most of us live and work in homes and offices far removed from the outdoor experience. It is possible to change that, though.
How to Bring the Outside In
- Decorate your home and office with products made from natural materials: wood, glass, water, or other plant materials.
- Grow indoor plants in stylish containers. They’ll help clean the air, and add a bit of green to your daily activities.
- Incorporate objects that represent something from the world around us—bird motifs, leaf motifs, flowers, and more.
- Always keep cut flowers or branches on your desk or dining room table. An artfully angled branch can be just as beautiful as the most elegantly arranged bouquet.
- Use earth and jewel tones for paints, fabrics and other accents. These color tones are more prevalent in nature than primary colors.
- Take walks in your neighborhood or local park, and photograph the change of the seasons. Make a calendar or frame a piece of artwork to bring the experience home with you.
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