Our appreciation for nature is often found in plenty of our activities. Multiple activities that relieve our stress make use of natural elements, and many of these we actively do regularly. This simply shows that nature has this gentle yet captivating power that makes us crave it constantly.
But our love for the beaches and mountains we often visit may not be coincidental. There may be a good reason we have been so inclined to participate in leisure activities involving natural features. This inclination may be attributed to the fact that exposure to nature has several health benefits.
With all the good that nature can do for us, it is only right that we take steps to integrate it into our daily lives. And what better way to bring nature into our lives than by merging it with the place we spend most of our time in—our homes.
Your Home and Nature
Integrating nature into your home follows the presumption that our homes are the places where we take refuge from the stress of our daily lives. It is a place where we rest and regain energy to face the challenges that a new day brings.
Putting features of nature into this personal space may amplify its ability to provide you, the homeowner, with comfort and relief from stress.
With that, let’s look at several ways on how you can integrate nature into your home.
The Power of Your Yard
One integral area in your home that plays an important part in introducing nature’s features is your outdoor space. Your yards—both the front and back—can house multiple plants that emulate a natural setting.
Apart from that, your outdoor area may also provide the conditions and required space for a garden. The spacious nature of the outdoors may also allow you to build other features found in nature such as ponds and pools.
Another great benefit of your yards is it’s about to have trees in them. Trees are one of the most recognizable features of nature. It is practically a symbol of nature itself. These can be a good way for your house to have more natural features in it.
Planting trees is beneficial because they can cool their surroundings with transpiration cooling and give more shade to your house. This can put less stress on your HVAC system and may prolong the life of your roofing.
For this reason, trees are an effective way of integrating nature into your property. Make sure to plant one as soon as you can so it may grow sooner as well. Having trees on your property is already an advantage, but make sure to consult a tree surgeon to assess their health.
While your yards are a good place for you to insert nature into your life, not everyone has front lawns and backyards. But this does not necessarily put those without yards at a disadvantage. There are other ways to integrate natural elements into your homes even without yards.
If your property is not too spacious, you may want to opt for vines. The good thing about vines is that they do not take up too much land area.
You can have them climb up on your walls and structures. You may even have trellises and lattices made for them to climb on.
These are structures that are perfect for vines since they make the vines spread more. If vines have covered these structures and that they have grown thick enough, they may provide shade to your house. So be sure to place these structures strategically.
If you want, you may even mount a trellis along your walls so the vines can grow along your walls too.
Indoor Potted Plants
If outdoor space is clearly out of the discussion, you can opt for indoor houseplants. There are potted plants that are easy to grow and can brighten any room up.
These plants may take a little maintenance on your part. So be sure to be conscious about taking good care of them, so they won’t die. Since they are indoors, you also have to make sure they get enough sunlight that they need to live.
If you are not too keen on having to water your plants every day, you can have plants that do not need much water to live, such as succulents. With that, you should always do enough research on how to take care of your chosen houseplant.
With the busy lives that we live, it may be easy to discount the important role of nature in our lives. By integrating nature into our daily routine, we are giving it the attention that it truly deserves.