More and more, homeowners are seeking ways to incorporate the great outdoors into their home design process. There are several reasons why. For one thing, if you have a yard, why not make the most of it? There is more to owning a home than sitting inside all of the time. For another matter, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a lot of us to spend more time at home than we normally would. If you can’t go out in public as much as you would like to, a good compromise is at least spending time in your own yard.

After all, evidence from studies has shown us that the popular definitions of a happy home are a space where you feel secure, relaxed, and free to be yourself. Being able to incorporate the outdoors into your home’s design can make those good feelings even more amplified, so that’s enough of a reason to discuss your options with interior designers.

But before you do so, you may want to have a few interior design ideas in mind. Some are bigger projects, while others are fairly simple. Let’s look into them below.

1. Open the Windows

If you can do anything to open up your windows more and let in more natural light, then you should do it. There are so many benefits to having more natural light in your home. For one thing, it opens up the space and actually makes it feel larger (even if it isn’t). For another, opening up space in your home and creating more natural light is good for your psyche, especially as we head into the winter months. Many people find themselves sadder during the winter months, but having more natural light in your home helps combat these problems.

2. Connect Your Home To A Patio Space

If you have room for a patio, why not consider adding one to your backyard? This not only connects you to your outdoor space, but it also makes your house feel larger — especially when you can simply walk out from one larger room to the patio, perhaps through French or sliding glass doors. A lot of people, for this reason, like to connect their kitchens to their patios during the design process. If you can walk out from the kitchen or dining room to a patio, your home’s space will feel amplified and it will be all the easier for you and your loved ones to enjoy a meal or a drink outside together.

3. Incorporate Nature-Based Art

If it’s harder for you to make big design changes to your home right now, the design process can also be incremental. Decorating is key to designing your home’s interior and you can make your home feel more natural by incorporating nature-based artwork. Think about ordering high-saturation nature photography prints or paintings to adorn your walls. Being able to look at these design elements can make your home feel more expansive and more at-one with Mother Nature.

4. Bringing the Garden Indoors

Finally, there really is something to be said for bringing the natural world into your home through gardening. Keeping plants in your kitchen or living room is not only aesthetically appealing but it can also improve your mental health. It’s even a good way to prioritize healthy indoor air quality! Think about scaling back on furniture or knick-knacks that you don’t need in favor of flowers, succulents, and other plants.

We’re all a little tired of being cooped up right now. So why not consider making your house a bit more open to the outside world, even if you have to stay in? To learn more about how we can help you with the interior design process and make your home somewhere you want to be, please contact us today.