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7 Ways To Bring The Outdoors Inside This Spring

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    Articles Articles Jan 19, 2014 02:43 PM EST

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    It's never too early to start planning for the changes you want to make in your home. Here are some ways to bring the outdoors inside after being cooped up all winter.

    1. Lighting with natural materials

    This lamp is sold but it is a good example of bringing the outdoors in using lighting. Lamps get more attention when they are actively illuminating spaces, but they still change the aesthetic of a room when off. Stone and wood are great, but metals in natural shapes can be equally pleasing.

    2. Add natural to functional

    Bringing the outdoors inside the home doesn't have to mean a drastic change, like new flooring or a large sofa. The twisted vine coat rack by vivaterra is a quick, inexpensive way to blur the lines between out and in when you enter a home.

    3. Nature means open spaces

    Mirrors are an easy way to make spaces appear larger and more open. This spring, use one with natural elements to make an indoor space feel like the outdoors.

    4. Add some life

    Bright colors can make a room feel alive but nothing does that like a living organism. Terrariums give you just that, are inexpensive and can add some color. Moss terrariums are very low maintenance, for those who can't keep other plants alive. Design & Trend liked this one on Etsy.

    5. If you have a green thumb, put it to use

    Wall planter usually requires a little more attention than a terrarium but it's not a dog. Just make sure it is on a wall that gets sunlight and keep up with the watering. The little bit of will go a long way. This particular wall planter by Williams-Sonoma comes with the herbs to install in it.

    6. Folding doors

    Adding folding doors to a hallway or room would be an expensive upgrade, but would have the biggest impact. No window can compare to these.

    6. Apply the outdoors wherever you can

    Any of the above tips will bring a little of the outdoors inside on their own. However, if you want to create a space where visitors forget they're inside, incorporate all of them in a space. Arhaus did a great job of showing things come together on their website.

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